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Indentation of geometrically exact beams

Krishnan Suryanarayanan, Ishan Sharma,
Published in Elsevier
Volume: 254
Issue: 255
Pages: 111905 - 111905

We investigate arbitrarily large indentations of beams in two dimensions by a frictionless and rigid cylindrical
punch whose axis is perpendicular to the plane of the beam. The beam is modeled as a geometrically exact
beam that admits large displacements and rotations. Absence of both friction and inter-penetration between the
contacting surfaces allows the normal contact pressure and the separation between the surfaces to be related by
the Karush–Kuhn–Tucker (KKT) conditions. This is then implemented in a nonlinear finite element framework
through both penalty and augmented lagrangian methods. We solve for the contact domain and the forces and
moments acting within it, and relate them to the total applied force and the extent of indentation. We report
results for several punch radii and beam thicknesses and consider both pinned and clamped beams. In this, we
discuss the importance of nonlinear effects such as wrapping of the beam around the punch and the stiffening
of the beam due to axial stretch. We demonstrate the importance of utilizing a nonlinear beam formulation by
comparing our results with the predictions of theories predicated on small deformations. For example, while
the latter claim loss of contact with the beam in the vicinity of the punch’s apex as the indentation proceeds,
we find that the punch and the beam remain in contact.

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JournalData powered by TypesetInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
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