[en] When studying crashworthiness problems, contact simulation can be the source of a number of problems. A first one is the discontinuities in the normal evolution for a boundary discretized by finite elements. Another problem is the treatment of the contact forces that can introduce numerical energy in the system. In this paper, we propose to combine a method of discontinuity smoothing with the energy-momentum consistent scheme that recently appeared in the literature. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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