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Imposing Dirichlet boundary conditions in the eXtended Finite Element method

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This paper is devoted to the imposition of Dirichlet-type conditions within the extended finite element method (X-FEM). This method allows one to easily model surfaces of discontinuity or domain boundaries on a mesh not necessarily conforming to these surfaces. Imposing Neumann boundary conditions on boundaries running through the elements is straightforward and does preserve the optimal rate of convergence of the background mesh (observed numerically in earlier papers). On the contrary, much less work has been devoted to Difichlet boundary conditions for the X-FEM (or the limiting case of stiff boundary conditions). In this paper, we introduce a strategy to impose Dirichlet boundary conditions while preserving the optimal rate of convergence. The key aspect is the construction of the correct Lagrange multiplier space on the boundary. As an application, we suggest to use this new approach to impose precisely zero pressure on the moving resin front in resin transfer moulding (RTM) process while avoiding remeshing. The case of inner conditions is also discussed as well as two important practical cases: material interfaces and phase-transformation front capturing.
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hal-01006956 , version 1 (22-01-2023)

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Nicolas Moës, Eric Béchet, Matthieu Tourbier. Imposing Dirichlet boundary conditions in the eXtended Finite Element method. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 2006, 67 (12), pp.1641-1669. ⟨10.1002/nme.1675⟩. ⟨hal-01006956⟩
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