Version 1.2 of MFrontGenericInterfaceSupport is compatible with the Version 3.4 of TFEL/MFront.

Known incompatibilities

The stored_energies and dissipated_energies are now automatically allocated only of the behaviours by the MaterialStateManager class only if the behaviours is able to compute them.

New functionalities

Orthotropic behaviours

For orthotropic behaviours, the Behaviour structure exposes \(6\) function pointers:

Those functions takes pointer to the raw memory. The callee is responsible of the consistency of the data.

In place transformations

All those functions take two parameters: the pointer to the rotated

data on output and the pointer to the original data on input. In place transformations is allowed, i.e. those pointers can be equal.

The rotation matrix argument

All those functions takes the rotation matrix from the global frame to the material frame as last argument. If required, i.e. for thermodynamic forces and tangent operator blocks, this matrix is transposed internally to have the inverse transformation.

The rotation matrix is given as a \(3\times3\) matrix, packed in an \(9\) continuous array in C-like column-major storage.

No checks are made to ensure that the columns of the matrix makes and orthonormal basis of \(\mathcal{R}^{3}\). In \(1D\), this matrix is discarded an no operation is performed. In \(2D\), only the upper-left part of the matrix is used.

For convenience (and debugging), the call to those functions pointers are mapped into the following free functions: rotateGradients, rotateArrayOfGradients, rotateThermodynamicForces and rotateArrayOfThermodynamicForces. Those functions perform additional consistency checks (compared to the functions exposed by the Behaviour class) which might hurt performances, especially when dealing with one integration point only. Each of these functions is overloaded twice for in-place operations and out-of-place operations.


The following example shows how to rotate the gradients of a small strain strain behaviour in generalised plane strain:

const std::array<real, 9> r = {0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1};
const std::array<real, 4> ge = {1, 0, 0, 0};
std::array<real, 4> me;
rotateGradients(me, b, ge, r);

Update to the C bindings

The following functions are now available:

Fortran bindings

The following functions are now available in the mgis_behaviour module:

Issues solved

Issues #54: Inform the calling code about @DissipatedEnergy and/or @InternalEnergy

The Behaviour class now exposes two new boolean data members:

In the C bindings, the mgis_bv_behaviour_computes_stored_energy and mgis_bv_behaviour_computes_dissipated_energy functions are now available.

In the fortran bindings, the functions behaviour_computes_stored_energy and behaviour_computes_dissipated_energy are now available in the mgis_behaviour module.

In the python bindings, the Behaviour class now exposes two read only properties: computesStoredEnergy and computesDissipatedEnergy.

The MaterialDataManager constructor now only allocates the memory associated with the stored and disspated energies only if the behaviour computes those energies.

For details, see

Issue #33: Function for checking if the behaviour is a Finite Strain one

The mgis::behaviour::isStandardFiniteStrainBehaviour has been added to check if a behaviour is a finite strain behaviour and if its kinematic is also standard (i.e. is of the F-Cauchy kind although the stress measure can be chosen when loading the behaviour).

This function is exposed as:

For details, see

Issue #32: Better const correctness

This issue follows this evolution in the generic interface of MFront:

The state at the beginning of the time step is now described in a structure called mgis_bv_InitialStateView, the fields of which are all const.

The following fields of the mgis_bv_StateView are now const:

For details, see

Issue #30: Variables array size depending on type and modelling hypothesis

The get_variable_size function is now available in the mgis_behaviour module. This function returns the size of a variable (i.e. the number of components) for the given hypothesis.

For details, see

Issue #28: Missing block jacobian info in python bindings

The tangent operator blocks are now available in the python bindings under the tangent_operator_blocks property of the Behaviour class.

Those blocks are accessible as an array of tuples of instances of the Variable class.

This feature can be used as follows:

import mgis.behaviour as mgis_bv

h = mgis_bv.Hypothesis.Tridimensional
b = mgis_bv.load('src/','StationaryHeatTransfer2',h)
for t in b.tangent_operator_blocks:

For details, see

Issue #27: Get internal state variables array size via fortran bindings

For details, see

Issue #25: Exporting MGIS build tree for use by external projects

The following files are now generated and exported:

Those files can be used as follows:

find_package (MFrontGenericInterface REQUIRED)

The previous instruction imports the mgis::MFrontGenericInterface target, which can be used as follows:

    PRIVATE mgis::MFrontGenericInterface)

For details, see