A finite element method for elasticity interface problems with locally modified triangulations

Hui Xie, Zhilin Li, Zhonghua Qiao

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A finite element method for elasticity systems with discontinuities in the coefficients and the flux across an arbitrary interface is proposed in this paper. The method is based on a Cartesian mesh with local modifications to the mesh. The total degrees of the freedom of the finite element method remains the same as that of the Cartesian mesh. The local modifications lead to a quasi-uniform body-fitted mesh from the original Cartesian mesh. The standard finite element theory and implementation are applicable. Numerical examples that involve discontinuous material coefficients and non-homogeneous jump in the flux across the interface demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed method.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-200
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Numerical Analysis and Modeling
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Body-fitted mesh
  • Cartesian mesh
  • Discontinuous coefficient
  • Elasticity interface problem
  • Finite element method
  • Jump conditions
  • Locally modified triangulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Numerical Analysis

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