The Material Point Method for the simulation of water-related hazards and their interaction with critical structures

Antonia Larese
Universita degli studi di Padova & Technical University of Munich
Tuesday 7th February 2023
Aula Saleri VI piano - Dip. Matematica
In recent years, natural hazards involving large mass movements such as landslides, debris flows, and mud flows have been increasing their frequency and intensity as a consequence of climate change and other related factors. These phenomena often carry huge rocks and heavy materials that may, directly or indirectly, cause damage to our structures resulting in a relevant socio-economic impact. The numerical simulation of the above events still represents a big challenge mainly for two reasons: the need to deal with large strain regimes and the intrinsic multiphysics nature of such events. While the Finite Element Method (FEM) represents a recognized, well established and widely used technique in many engineering fields, unfortunately it shows some limitation when dealing with problems where large deformation occurs. In the last decades many possible alternatives have been proposed and developed to overcome this drawback, such as the use of the so called particle-based methods. Among these, the Material Point Method (MPM) blends the advantages of both mesh-based and mesh-less methods. MPM avoids the problems of mesh tangling while preserving the accuracy of Lagrangian FEM and it is especially suited for non linear problems in solid mechanics and fluid dynamics. The talk will show some recent advances in MPM formulations [1], presenting both an irreducible and mixed formulation stabilized using variational multiscale techniques, as well as the partitioned strategies to couple MPM with other techniques such as FEM or DEM [2, 3]. All algorithms are implemented within the Kratos-Multiphysics open-source framework and available under the BSD license. References [1] Iaconeta, I., Larese, A., Rossi, R. and Guo, Z., Comparison of a Material Point Method and a Meshfree Galerkin Method for the simulation of cohesive-frictional materials, Materials, 10 , 1150, (2017). [2] Chandra, B., Singer, V., Teschemacher, T., Wuechner, R. and Larese, A., Nonconforming Dirichlet boundary conditions in Implicit Material Point Method by means of penalty augmentation, Acta Geotechnica, 16(8), 2315-2335 (2021). [3] Singer, V., Sautter, K.B., Larese, A., Wuchner, R. and Bletzinger, K.U.,, A Partitioned Material Point Method and Discrete Element Method Coupling Scheme , Under revision in Advanced Modeling and Simulation in Engineering Sciences (2022). Contatto: