Three-dimensional finite element simulation of large-scale nonlinear contact friction problems in deformable rocks

Xing, H. L., Makinouchi, A. and Zhao, Chongbin (2008) Three-dimensional finite element simulation of large-scale nonlinear contact friction problems in deformable rocks. Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, 5 1: 27-36.


Author Xing, H. L.
Makinouchi, A.
Zhao, Chongbin
Title Three-dimensional finite element simulation of large-scale nonlinear contact friction problems in deformable rocks
Journal name Journal of Geophysics and Engineering   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1742-2140
1742-2132
Publication date 2008-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1088/1742-2132/5/1/003
Volume 5
Issue 1
Start page 27
End page 36
Total pages 10
Editor Jian Guo
Mike Warner
Place of publication Bristol, U.K.
Publisher Institute of Physics; Nanjing Institute of Geophysical Prospecting
Language eng
Subject 0404 Geophysics
0905 Civil Engineering
Formatted abstract A three-dimensional finite element method is proposed and used to deal with large-scale nonlinear contact friction problems in deformable rocks. Together with the use of the node-to-point contact element strategy, the corresponding three-dimensional finite element algorithm is presented to simulate the nonlinear contact friction behaviour between deformable rock blocks. In order to ensure the correctness and accuracy of the resulting numerical solutions, the proposed finite element formulation for a three-dimensional nonlinear contact friction problem is verified using a benchmark problem, for which the analytical solution is available. As an application example, the proposed three-dimensional finite element method is used to investigate the plate behaviour of a subduction fault model, which simulates a region around Northeast Japan. Due to the general nature of the methodology, the proposed three-dimensional finite element algorithm can be also used to simulate many nonlinear contact friction problems associated with the slope instability process and the sliding failure mechanism between a gravity dam and its foundation in the engineering field.
© 2008 Nanjing Institute of Geophysical Prospecting.
Keyword Finite element method
Subduction fault model
Earthquakes
Contact friction
Deformable rocks
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