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Section: Research Program

Discretization by hybrid high-order and discrete element methods

We consequently design numerical methods for the devised model. Traditionally, we have worked in the context of finite element, finite volume, mixed finite element, and discontinuous Galerkin methods. Novel classes of schemes enable the use of general polygonal and polyhedral meshes with nonmatching interfaces, and we develop them in response to a high demand from our industrial partners (namely EDF, CEA, and IFP Energies Nouvelles). In the lowest-order case, our focus is to design discrete element methods for solid mechanics. The novelty is to devise these methods to treat dynamic elastoplasticity as well as quasi-static and dynamic crack propagation. We also develop structure-preserving methods for the Navier–Stokes equations, i.e., methods that mimic algebraically at the discrete level fundamental properties of the underlying PDEs, such as conservation principles and preservation of invariants. In the higher-order case, we actively contribute to the development of hybrid high-order methods. We contribute to the numerical analysis in nonlinear cases (obstacle problem, Signorini conditions), we apply these methods to challenging problems from solid mechanics involving large deformations and plasticity, and we develop a comprehensive software implementing them. We believe that these methods belong to the future generation of numerical methods for industrial simulations; as a concrete example, the implementation of these methods in an industrial software of EDF has been completed in 2019 in the framework of the PhD thesis of Nicolas Pignet.