Published in Int. Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering Vol. 66 (10), pp. 1547-1568, 2006
The characteristic‐based split (CBS) stabilization procedure developed originally in fluid mechanics has been adapted successfully to solid mechanics problems. The CBS algorithm has been implemented within a finite element program using an explicit time integration scheme. Volumetric locking of linear triangular and tetrahedral elements has been successfully eliminated. The performance of the numerical algorithm is illustrated with numerical results. Comparisons with an alternative stabilization technique based on the finite calculus method also are given. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.