Model Tensile Cracking in Soil with Coupled Meshless-FEM Method

  • Chong PengEmail author
  • Wei Wu
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering book series (SSGG)


An adaptive, coupled method based on radial point interpolation meshless method (RPIM) and finite element method (FEM) is proposed for the simulation of tensile cracking in soil structure. Potential crack area in the initial FEM mesh is converted to RPIM nodes and refined for crack analysis. A crack tracking approach is adapted to model complex crack surface and eliminate node distribution bias. Numerical example is presented to verify the proposed method.


Tensile Crack Crack Tracking Meshless Methods Potential Crack Path Radial Point Interpolation Method 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut Für Geotechnik, Universität Für BodenkulturViennaAustria

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