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Multigrid for the dual formulation of the frictionless Signorini problem

  • Rovi, Gabriele Euler Institute (EUL), Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland
  • Kober, Bernhard Universität Duisburg-Essen, Forschungsgebiet Numerische Mathematik und Wissenschaftliches Rechnen, Arbeitsgruppe Numerische Mathematik, Essen, Germany
  • Starke, Gerhard Universität Duisburg-Essen, Forschungsgebiet Numerische Mathematik und Wissenschaftliches Rechnen, Arbeitsgruppe Numerische Mathematik, Essen, Germany
  • Krause, Rolf ORCID Euler Institute (EUL), Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland
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  • 2023
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  • International journal for numerical methods in engineering. - 2023, vol. 124, no. 10, p. 2367-2388
English We examine the dual formulation of the frictionless Signorini problem for a deformable body in contact with a rigid obstacle. We discretize the problem by means of the finite element method. Since the dual formulation solves directly for the stress variable and is not affected by locking, it is very attractive for many engineering applications. However, it is hard to solve it efficiently, since many challenges arise. First, the stress belongs to the non-Sobolev space Hdiv. Second, the matrix block related to the stress is only semi-positive definite in the incompressible limit. Third, global equality constraints and box-constraints are enforced. In this paper, we propose a novel and optimal nonlinear multigrid method for the dual formulation of the Signorini problem, that works even in the incompressible limit. We opt for the combination of a truncation of the basis functions strategy and a nonlinear monolithic patch smoother with Robin conditions of parameter α. Numerical experiments show that multigrid performance is recovered if α is chosen properly. We propose an algorithm to dynamically update the parameter α during the multigrid process, in order to provide a near optimal value of α.
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