Hybrid-Trefftz stress element for bounded and unbounded poroelastic media

J. A.Teixeira de Freitas*, I. D. Moldovan

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    The equations that govern the dynamic response of saturated porous media are first discretized in time to define the boundary value problem that supports the formulation of the hybrid-Trefftz stress element. The (total) stress and pore pressure fields are directly approximated under the condition of locally satisfying the domain conditions of the problem. The solid displacement and the outward normal component of the seepage displacement are approximated independently on the boundary of the element. Unbounded domains are modelled using either unbounded elements that locally satisfy the Sommerfeld condition or absorbing boundary elements that enforce that condition in weak form. As the finite element equations are derived from first-principles, the associated energy statements are recovered and the sufficient conditions for the existence and uniqueness of the solutions are stated. The performance of the element is illustrated with the time domain response of a biphasic unbounded domain to show the quality of the modelling that can be attained for the stress, pressure, displacement and seepage fields using a high-order, wavelet-based time integration procedure.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1280-1305
    Number of pages26
    JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2011


    • Absorbing boundaries
    • Hybrid-Trefftz elements
    • Poroelastic media
    • Stress elements


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