A mortar formulation including viscoelastic layers for vibration analysis

Alexander Paolini, Stefan Kollmannsberger, Ernst Rank, Thomas Horger, Barbara Wohlmuth

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In order to reduce the transfer of sound and vibrations in structures such as timber buildings, thin elastomer layers can be embedded between their components. The influence of these elastomers on the response of the structures in the low frequency range can be determined accurately by using conforming hexahedral finite elements. Three-dimensional mesh generation, however, is yet a non-trivial task and mesh refinements which may be necessary at the junctions can cause a high computational effort. One remedy is to mesh the components independently from each other and to couple them using the mortar method. Further, the hexahedral mesh for the thin elastomer layer itself can be avoided by integrating its elastic behavior into the mortar formulation. The present paper extends this mortar formulation to take damping into account such that frequency response analyses can be performed more accurately. Finally, the proposed method is verified by numerical examples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-33
Number of pages11
JournalComputational Mechanics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 15 Jan 2019


  • High-order finite elements
  • Mortar method
  • Vibrations
  • Viscoelasticity
  • Weak coupling


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