, Volume 47, Issue 6, pp 701-722,
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Date: 23 Jan 2011

A comparison of structure-preserving integrators for discrete thermoelastic systems


This paper contains a comparison of three recently proposed structure-preserving time-stepping schemes for nonlinear thermomechanical systems. These schemes can be considered as extension to coupled thermoelastic problems of well-established energy–momentum schemes for nonlinear elastodynamics. The present comparison is performed in the context of a finite-dimensional model problem for coupled thermomechanical systems: the thermoelastic double pendulum. It is shown that, similar to their purely mechanical ancestors, structure-preserving integrators for coupled thermoelasticity in general exhibit superior numerical stability and robustness properties.