, Volume 53, Issue 6, pp 1455–1468 | Cite as

Integration of finite displacement interface element in reference and current configurations

  • Francesco ParrinelloEmail author
  • Guido Borino
Novel Computational Approaches to Old and New Problems in Mechanics


In the present paper the non-linear behaviour of a solid body with embedded cohesive interfaces is examined in a finite displacements context. The principal target is the formulation of a two dimensional interface finite element which is referred to a local reference frame, defined by normal and tangential unit vectors to the interface middle surface. All the geometric operators, such as the interface elongation and the reference frame, are computed as function of the actual nodal displacements. The constitutive cohesive law is defined in terms of Helmholtz free energy for unit undeformed interface surface and, in order to obtain the same nodal force vector and stiffness matrix by the two integration schemes, the cohesive law in the deformed configuration is defined in terms of Cauchy traction, as a function of separation displacement and of interface elongation. Explicit expression of the nodal force vector is integrated either over the reference configuration or over the current configuration, which is shown to produce the same analytical finite element operators. No differences between the integration carried out in the reference and in the current configuration are shown, provided that elongation of the interface is taken in to account.


Finite displacement Cohesive interface Integration Reference configuration Current configuration 



The financal support of the Italian Ministry for University and Research (MIUR), under the Grant PRIN-2015, Project No. 2015LYYXA8, “Multiscale mechanical models for the design and optimization of microstructured smart materials and metamaterials” is gratefully acknowledged.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale, Aerospaziale, dei MaterialiUniversità di PalermoPalermoItaly

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