First-order system least squares finite elements for finite
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Starke (Duisburg-Essen),
Dr. Ing. Alexander Schwarz (Duisburg-Essen),
Prof. Dr.-Ing habil. Jörg Schröder (Duisburg-Essen)
Marcel Moldenhauer, M.Sc. (Duisburg-Essen)
Maximilian Igelbüscher, M.Sc.(Duisburg-Essen)
The goal of this project is to reveal the potential of mixed ﬁnite element approaches based on ﬁrst-order system least squares formulations for ﬁnite elasto-plastic deformations in nonlinear solid mechanics. This rests upon recent and ongoing work of the participating investigators studying stress-displacement ﬁrst-order system approaches for small-strain elasto-plasticity and ﬁnite (hyper-)elasticity. The interest in this class of methods is driven by the need of accurate stress approximations with good momentum balance properties observed in various high-tech applications, as for instance from the automobile or aircraft industry (e.g. light-weight constructions) or from biomedical research (e.g. arterial wall/stent simulations). To the best knowledge of the authors there are no reliable and veriﬁed approaches for ﬁnite elasto-plasticity computations available at the moment and the main incentive of this project is to contribute in closing this gap.