We present a B-bar formulation of the virtual element method (VEM) for the analysis of both nearly incompressible and compressible materials. The material stiffness is decomposed into dilatational and deviatoric parts, and only the deviatoric part of the material stiffness is utilized for stabilization of the element stiffness matrix. A feature of the formulation is that locking behavior for nearly incompressible materials is successfully removed by the spectral decomposition of the material stiffness. The eigenvalue analysis demonstrates that the method eliminates higher energy modes associated with locking behavior for nearly incompressible materials, while capturing constant strain energy modes for both compressible and nearly incompressible materials. The convergence and accuracy of the B-bar VEM are discussed using 2D and 3D examples with various element shapes (convex and non-convex).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering