Selected Research Topics

  • Mortar finite element methods (FEM) for contact with finite deformations
  • Variationally consistent modeling of frition with finite sliding
  • Efficient solution schemes for contact (semi-smooth Newton methods)
  • Self contact of thin-walled structures
  • Contact at non-smooth corners and edges
  • Contact within coupled multiphysics problems
  • Nitsche-based methods for contact
  • Isogeometric analysis (IGA) and NURBS for contact
  • Beam-to-beam contact and beam-to-solid contact
  • Numerical analysis and error estimates for contact problems
  • Dynamics load balancing for HPC
  • Iterative solvers & preconditioners for contact problems
  • and many more...


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Key Publications

  • Farah, P., Wall, W.A., Popp, A. (2018): A mortar finite element approach for point, line and surface contact, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, published online, DOI: 10.1002/nme.5743
  • Popp, A., Wall, W.A. (2014): Dual mortar methods for computational contact mechanics – overview and recent developments, GAMM-Mitteilungen, 37(1):66-84
  • Popp, A., Gitterle, M., Gee, M.W., Wall, W.A. (2010): A dual mortar approach for 3D finite deformation contact with consistent linearization, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 83:1428-1465