Comparison of the Cosserat Continuum Approach with Finite Element Interface Models in a Simulation of Layered Materials


Department of Civil Engineering,University of Toronto


This paper compares the formulation of the nite element Cosserat smeared approach with
the combined nite element-explicit interface element approach, when both applied to the analysis of layered
continua. The fundamental equations of both formulations are presented. Also, using three examples, the
nature and accuracy of the displacement eld predicted by both techniques are investigated and discussed.