Performance-based step-length adaptation laws for path-following methods

A. Fayezioghani, B. Vandoren*, L. J. Sluys

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A quasi-static problem is usually formulated by the equations of static equilibrium and a load parameter which shows the level of loading. Path-following methods are widely used to analyze these kinds of problems. These methods add a constraint function to the equilibrium equations in order to determine the loading evolution. There is a parameter in the constraint function, the step-length, which should be positive in each analysis step and which is determined by a step-length adaptation law. Different adaptation laws control the step-length growth differently, and thus, they influence the performance of the solution. We propose two novel types of adaptation laws based on (a) a local degree of smoothness and (b) global performance measures of the solution. The former uses the angle between the linearized solution path and the tangent to the analytical solution curve while the latter employs simple prediction models for the future evolution of two performance measures. Moreover, appropriate constraint functions for the latter are suggested. Example problems of structural damage are solved by path-following methods utilizing the proposed adaptation laws as well as a conventional one. Results show that the new laws raise distinct possibilities to have solutions with an improved performance.
Original languageEnglish
Article number106100
Number of pages15
JournalComputers and Structures
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Path-following method
  • Performance measure
  • Quasi-brittle materials
  • Snap-back
  • Step-length adaptation law


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