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AbstractThis study presents peridynamic field equations for mechanical deformation, thermal diffusion, moisture diffusion, electric potential distribution, porous flow and atomic diffusion in either an uncoupled or a coupled manner. It is a nonlocal theory with an internal length parameter. Therefore, it can capture physical phenomenon for the problems which include non-local effects and are not suitable for classical theories. Moreover, governing equations of peridynamics are based on integro-differential equations which permits the determination of the field variable in spite of discontinuities. Inherent with the nonlocal formulations, the imposition of the boundary conditions requires volume constraints. This study also describes the implementation of the essential and natural boundary conditions, and demonstrates the accuracy of their implementation. Solutions coupled field problems concerning plastic deformations, thermomechanics, hygrothermomechanics, hydraulic fracturing, thermal cracking of fuel pellet and electromigration are constructed. Their comparisons with the finite element predictions establish the validity of the PD field equations for coupled field analysis.
Degree ProgramGraduate College