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Multi-scale modelling of heterogeneous structures with inelastic constitutive behavior: Part II ‐ software coupling implementation aspects

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Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to consider the computational tools for solving a strongly coupled multi-scale problem in the context of inelastic structural mechanics. Design/methodology/approach ‐ In trying to maintain the highest level of generality, the finite element method is employed for representing the microstructure at this fine scale and computing the solution. The main focus of this work is the implementation procedure which crucially relies on a novel software product developed by the first author in terms of component template library (CTL). Findings ‐ The paper confirms that one can produce very powerful computational tools by software coupling technology described herein, which allows the class of complex problems one can successfully tackle nowadays to be extended significantly. Originality/value ‐ This paper elaborates upon a new multi-scale solution strategy suitable for highly non-linear inelastic problems.
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Keywords: Finite element analysis; Mathematical modelling; Software engineering; Structures

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 02 January 2009

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