Structural applications of the combined finite–discrete element method
This aim of this paper is to present the application of the combined finite–discrete element method (FDEM) in structural mechanics. FDEM is an innovative numerical technique, which has been intensively used in the past several decades in various engineering simulations. FDEM combines the advantages of both the finite and the discrete elements and enables the simulation of initiation and propagation of cracks, as well as interaction of a large number of discrete elements. The examples presented in this paper show the advantages of FDEM in the analysis of structural mechanics issues including dry-joint masonry structures, concrete and reinforced concrete structures, masonry structures with mortar joints and confined masonry structures, cable and truss structures, membrane structures, and plate and shell structures.
Keywords: Combined finite–discrete element method (FDEM), Numerical analysis, Structural mechanics