#### Sample records for boundary element methods

1. Probabilistic boundary element method

Cruse, T. A.; Raveendra, S. T.

1989-01-01

The purpose of the Probabilistic Structural Analysis Method (PSAM) project is to develop structural analysis capabilities for the design analysis of advanced space propulsion system hardware. The boundary element method (BEM) is used as the basis of the Probabilistic Advanced Analysis Methods (PADAM) which is discussed. The probabilistic BEM code (PBEM) is used to obtain the structural response and sensitivity results to a set of random variables. As such, PBEM performs analogous to other structural analysis codes such as finite elements in the PSAM system. For linear problems, unlike the finite element method (FEM), the BEM governing equations are written at the boundary of the body only, thus, the method eliminates the need to model the volume of the body. However, for general body force problems, a direct condensation of the governing equations to the boundary of the body is not possible and therefore volume modeling is generally required.

2. Recent advances in boundary element methods

Manolis, GD

2009-01-01

Addresses the needs of the computational mechanics research community in terms of information on boundary integral equation-based methods and techniques applied to a variety of fields. This book collects both original and review articles on contemporary Boundary Element Methods (BEM) as well as on the Mesh Reduction Methods (MRM).

3. Boundary element method for modelling creep behaviour

A two dimensional initial strain direct boundary element method is proposed to numerically model the creep behaviour. The boundary of the body is discretized into quadratic element and the domain into quadratic quadrilaterals. The variables are also assumed to have a quadratic variation over the elements. The boundary integral equation is solved for each boundary node and assembled into a matrix. This matrix is solved by Gauss elimination with partial pivoting to obtain the variables on the boundary and in the interior. Due to the time-dependent nature of creep, the solution has to be derived over increments of time. Automatic time incrementation technique and backward Euler method for updating the variables are implemented to assure stability and accuracy of results. A flowchart of the solution strategy is also presented. (Author)

4. Introducing the Boundary Element Method with MATLAB

Ang, Keng-Cheng

2008-01-01

The boundary element method provides an excellent platform for learning and teaching a computational method for solving problems in physical and engineering science. However, it is often left out in many undergraduate courses as its implementation is deemed to be difficult. This is partly due to the perception that coding the method requires…

5. An inverse problem by boundary element method

Tran-Cong, T.; Nguyen-Thien, T. [University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD (Australia); Graham, A.L. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)

1996-02-01

Boundary Element Methods (BEM) have been established as useful and powerful tools in a wide range of engineering applications, e.g. Brebbia et al. In this paper, we report a particular three dimensional implementation of a direct boundary integral equation (BIE) formulation and its application to numerical simulations of practical polymer processing operations. In particular, we will focus on the application of the present boundary element technology to simulate an inverse problem in plastics processing.by extrusion. The task is to design profile extrusion dies for plastics. The problem is highly non-linear due to material viscoelastic behaviours as well as unknown free surface conditions. As an example, the technique is shown to be effective in obtaining the die profiles corresponding to a square viscoelastic extrudate under different processing conditions. To further illustrate the capability of the method, examples of other non-trivial extrudate profiles and processing conditions are also given.

6. Boundary element method for internal axisymmetric flow

Gokhman Alexander

1999-01-01

Full Text Available We present an accurate fast method for the computation of potential internal axisymmetric flow based on the boundary element technique. We prove that the computed velocity field asymptotically satisfies reasonable boundary conditions at infinity for various types of inlet/exit. Computation of internal axisymmetric potential flow is an essential ingredient in the three-dimensional problem of computation of velocity fields in turbomachines. We include the results of a practical application of the method to the computation of flow in turbomachines of Kaplan and Francis types.

7. Boundary element methods for electrical engineers

POLJAK, D

2005-01-01

In the last couple of decades the Boundary Element Method (BEM) has become a well-established technique that is widely used for solving various problems in electrical engineering and electromagnetics. Although there are many excellent research papers published in the relevant literature that describe various BEM applications in electrical engineering and electromagnetics, there has been a lack of suitable textbooks and monographs on the subject. This book presents BEM in a simple fashion in order to help the beginner to understand the very basic principles of the method. It initially derives B

8. Linear steady heat transfer analysis by boundary element method

The boundary element method for linear steady heat transfer analysis has been developed. Two types of elements, namely, constant elements and linear elements are described. A mention has been made of the analysis of the problems of a square plate subjected to two constant temperature boundaries and other two being insulated, blunt fin with convection boundary condition, and the steady state temperature distribution in circular segment by using this method. (M.G.B.)

9. Equivariant preconditioners for boundary element methods

Tausch, J. [Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (United States)

1994-12-31

In this paper the author proposes and discusses two preconditioners for boundary integral equations on domains which are nearly symmetric. The preconditioners under consideration are equivariant, that is, they commute with a group of permutation matrices. Numerical experiments demonstrate their efficiency for the GMRES method.

10. Multigroup finite element-boundary element method for neutron diffusion

Full text: The finite element method (FEM) is an efficient method used for the solution of partial differential equations (PDE's) of engineering physics due to its symmetric, sparse and positive-definite coefficient matrix. FEM has been successfully applied for the solution of multigroup neutron transport and diffusion equations since 1970's. The boundary element method (BEM), on the other hand, is a newer method and is unique among the numerical methods used for the solution of PDE's with its property of confining the unknowns only to the boundaries of homogeneous regions, thus, greatly reducing matrix dimensions. The first application of BEM to the neutron diffusion equation (NDE) dates back to 1985 and many researchers are currently working in this area. Although BEM is known to have the desirable property of being an internal-mesh free method, this advantage is lost in some of its application to the NDE due to the existence of fission source volume integrals in fissionable regions unless domain-decomposition methods are used. To exploit the favorable properties of both FEM and BEM, a hybrid FE/BE method has been recently proposed for reflected systems treated by one or two-group diffusion theories in a recent paper co-authored by the first author. In this work, the hybrid FE/BE method for reflected systems is generalized to multigroup diffusion theory. The core is treated by FEM to preserve the high accuracy of FEM in such neutron-producing regions. Using a boundary integral equation formerly proposed by the second author, BEM, is utilized for the discretization of the reflector, thus, eliminating the internal mesh completely for this nonfissionable region. The multigroup FE/BE method has been implemented in our recently developed FORTRAN program. The program is validated by comparison of the calculated effective multiplication factor and the group fluxes with their analytical counterparts for a two-group reflected system. Comparison of these results and

11. Fast Boundary Element Methods in Engineering and Industrial Applications

Schanz, Martin; Steinbach, Olaf; Wendland, Wolfgang

2012-01-01

This volume contains eight state of the art contributions on mathematical aspects and applications of fast boundary element methods in engineering and industry. This covers the analysis and numerics of boundary integral equations by using differential forms, preconditioning of hp boundary element methods, the application of fast boundary element methods for solving challenging problems in magnetostatics, the simulation of micro electro mechanical systems, and for contact problems in solid mechanics. Other contributions are on recent results on boundary element methods for the solution of transient problems. This book is addressed to researchers, graduate students and practitioners working on and using boundary element methods. All contributions also show the great achievements of interdisciplinary research between mathematicians and engineers, with direct applications in engineering and industry.

12. Numerical modelling of solidification process using interval boundary element method

A. Piasecka Belkhayat

2008-01-01

In this paper an application of the interval boundary element method for solving problems with interval thermal parameters and interval source function in a system casting-mould is presented. The task is treated as a boundary-initial problem in which the crystallization model proposed by Mehl-Johnson-Avrami-Kolmogorov has been applied. The numerical solution of the problem discussed has been obtained on the basis of the interval boundary element method (IBEM). The interval Gauss elimination m...

13. Solution of Exterior Acoustic Problems by the Boundary Element Method.

Kirkup, Stephen Martin

Available from UMI in association with The British Library. The boundary element method is described and investigated, especially in respect of its application to exterior two -dimensional Laplace problems. Both empirical and algebraic analyses (including the effects of approximation of the boundary and boundary functions and the precision of the evaluation of the discrete forms) are developed. Methods for the automatic evaluation of the discrete forms of the Laplace and Helmholtz integral operators are reviewed and extended. Boundary element methods for the solution of exterior Helmholtz problems with general (but most importantly Neumann) boundary conditions are reviewed and some are explicitly stated using a new notation. Boundary element methods based on the boundary integral equations introduced by Brakhage & Werner/ Leis/ Panich/ Kussmaul (indirect) and Burton & Miller (direct) are given prime consideration and implemented for three -dimensional problems. The influence of the choice of weighting parameter on the performance of the methods is explored and further guidance is given. The application of boundary element methods and methods based on the Rayleigh integral to acoustic radiation problems are considered. Methods for speeding up their solution via the boundary element method are developed. Library subroutines for the solution of acoustic radiation problems are described and demonstrated. Computational techniques for the problem of predicting the noise produced by a running engine are reviewed and appraised. The application of the boundary element method to low-noise engine design and in the design of noise shields is considered. The boundary element method is applied to the Ricardo crankcase simulation rig, which is an engine -like structure. A comparison of predicted and measured sound power spectra is given.

14. Isogeometric analysis based on scaled boundary finite element method

This paper presents a new approach which possesses the semi-analytical feature of scaled boundary finite element method and the exact geometry feature of isogeometric analysis. NURBS basis functions are employed to construct an exact boundary geometry. The domain boundary is discretized by NURBS curves for the 2D case, and NURBS surfaces for the 3D case. Especially the closed-form NURBS curves or surfaces are needed if there are no side-faces. The strategy of using finite elements on domain boundary with NURBS shape functions for approximation of both boundary geometry and displacements arises from the sense of isoparametric concept. With h-,p-,k- refinement strategy implemented, the geometry is refined with maintaining exact geometry at all levels, so the geometry is the same exact represented as the initial geometry imported from CAD system without the necessity of subsequent communication with a CAD system. Additionally, numerical example exhibits that flexible continuity within the NURBS patch rather than traditional shape functions improves continuity and accuracy of derivative stress and strain field across not only boundary elements but also domain elements, as the results of the combination of the intrinsic analytical property along radial direction and the higher continuity property of NURBS basis, i.e. it's more powerful in accuracy of solution and less DOF-consuming than either traditional finite element method or scaled boundary finite element method.

15. Numerical modelling of solidification process using interval boundary element method

A. Piasecka Belkhayat

2008-12-01

Full Text Available In this paper an application of the interval boundary element method for solving problems with interval thermal parameters and interval source function in a system casting-mould is presented. The task is treated as a boundary-initial problem in which the crystallization model proposed by Mehl-Johnson-Avrami-Kolmogorov has been applied. The numerical solution of the problem discussed has been obtained on the basis of the interval boundary element method (IBEM. The interval Gauss elimination method with the decomposition procedure has been applied to solve the obtained interval system of equations. In the final part of the paper, results of numerical computations are shown.

16. Analysis of Dynamic Modeling Method Based on Boundary Element

Xu-Sheng Gan

2013-07-01

Full Text Available The aim of this study was to study an improved dynamic modeling method based on a Boundary Element Method (BEM. The dynamic model was composed of the elements such as the beam element, plate element, joint element, lumped mass and spring element by the BEM. An improved dynamic model of a machine structure was established based on plate-beam element system mainly. As a result, the dynamic characteristics of a machine structure were analyzed and the comparison of computational results and experimental’s showed the modeling method was effective. The analyses indicate that the introduced method inaugurates a good way for analyzing dynamic characteristics of a machine structure efficiently.

17. Treatment of domain integrals in boundary element methods

Nintcheu Fata, Sylvain [ORNL

2012-01-01

A systematic and rigorous technique to calculate domain integrals without a volume-fitted mesh has been developed and validated in the context of a boundary element approximation. In the proposed approach, a domain integral involving a continuous or weakly-singular integrand is first converted into a surface integral by means of straight-path integrals that intersect the underlying domain. Then, the resulting surface integral is carried out either via analytic integration over boundary elements or by use of standard quadrature rules. This domain-to-boundary integral transformation is derived from an extension of the fundamental theorem of calculus to higher dimension, and the divergence theorem. In establishing the method, it is shown that the higher-dimensional version of the first fundamental theorem of calculus corresponds to the well-known Poincare lemma. The proposed technique can be employed to evaluate integrals defined over simply- or multiply-connected domains with Lipschitz boundaries which are embedded in an Euclidean space of arbitrary but finite dimension. Combined with the singular treatment of surface integrals that is widely available in the literature, this approach can also be utilized to effectively deal with boundary-value problems involving non-homogeneous source terms by way of a collocation or a Galerkin boundary integral equation method using only the prescribed surface discretization. Sample problems associated with the three-dimensional Poisson equation and featuring the Newton potential are successfully solved by a constant element collocation method to validate this study.

18. Development of polygon elements based on the scaled boundary finite element method

We aim to extend the scaled boundary finite element method to construct conforming polygon elements. The development of the polygonal finite element is highly anticipated in computational mechanics as greater flexibility and accuracy can be achieved using these elements. The scaled boundary polygonal finite element will enable new developments in mesh generation, better accuracy from a higher order approximation and better transition elements in finite element meshes. Polygon elements of arbitrary number of edges and order have been developed successfully. The edges of an element are discretised with line elements. The displacement solution of the scaled boundary finite element method is used in the development of shape functions. They are shown to be smooth and continuous within the element, and satisfy compatibility and completeness requirements. Furthermore, eigenvalue decomposition has been used to depict element modes and outcomes indicate the ability of the scaled boundary polygonal element to express rigid body and constant strain modes. Numerical tests are presented; the patch test is passed and constant strain modes verified. Accuracy and convergence of the method are also presented and the performance of the scaled boundary polygonal finite element is verified on Cook's swept panel problem. Results show that the scaled boundary polygonal finite element method outperforms a traditional mesh and accuracy and convergence are achieved from fewer nodes. The proposed method is also shown to be truly flexible, and applies to arbitrary n-gons formed of irregular and non-convex polygons.

19. Experimental validation of boundary element methods for noise prediction

Seybert, A. F.; Oswald, Fred B.

1992-01-01

Experimental validation of methods to predict radiated noise is presented. A combined finite element and boundary element model was used to predict the vibration and noise of a rectangular box excited by a mechanical shaker. The predicted noise was compared to sound power measured by the acoustic intensity method. Inaccuracies in the finite element model shifted the resonance frequencies by about 5 percent. The predicted and measured sound power levels agree within about 2.5 dB. In a second experiment, measured vibration data was used with a boundary element model to predict noise radiation from the top of an operating gearbox. The predicted and measured sound power for the gearbox agree within about 3 dB.

20. Effective and neutral stresses in soils using boundary element methods

Alarcón Álvarez, Enrique; García-Suárez, C.; Reverter, A.

1983-01-01

The evaluation of neutral pressures in soil mechanics problems is a fundamental step to evaluate deformations in soils. In this paper, we present some results obtained by using the boundary element method for plane problems, describing the undrained situation as well as the consolidation problem.

1. A Highly Scalable Parallel Boundary Element Method for Capacitance Extraction

Hsiao, Yu-Chung; Daniel, Luca

2011-01-01

Traditional parallel boundary element methods suffer from low parallel efficiency and poor scalability due to the long system solving time bottleneck. In this paper, we demonstrate how to avoid such a bottleneck by using an instantiable basis function approach. In our demonstrated examples, we achieve 90% parallel efficiency and scalability both in shared memory and distributed memory parallel systems.

2. A posteriori pointwise error estimates for the boundary element method

Paulino, G.H. [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States). School of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Gray, L.J. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Zarikian, V. [Univ. of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (United States). Dept. of Mathematics

1995-01-01

This report presents a new approach for a posteriori pointwise error estimation in the boundary element method. The estimator relies upon the evaluation of hypersingular integral equations, and is therefore intrinsic to the boundary integral equation approach. This property allows some theoretical justification by mathematically correlating the exact and estimated errors. A methodology is developed for approximating the error on the boundary as well as in the interior of the domain. In the interior, error estimates for both the function and its derivatives (e.g. potential and interior gradients for potential problems, displacements and stresses for elasticity problems) are presented. Extensive computational experiments have been performed for the two dimensional Laplace equation on interior domains, employing Dirichlet and mixed boundary conditions. The results indicate that the error estimates successfully track the form of the exact error curve. Moreover, a reasonable estimate of the magnitude of the actual error is also obtained.

3. Analysis of random structure-acoustic interaction problems using coupled boundary element and finite element methods

Mei, Chuh; Pates, Carl S., III

1994-01-01

A coupled boundary element (BEM)-finite element (FEM) approach is presented to accurately model structure-acoustic interaction systems. The boundary element method is first applied to interior, two and three-dimensional acoustic domains with complex geometry configurations. Boundary element results are very accurate when compared with limited exact solutions. Structure-interaction problems are then analyzed with the coupled FEM-BEM method, where the finite element method models the structure and the boundary element method models the interior acoustic domain. The coupled analysis is compared with exact and experimental results for a simplistic model. Composite panels are analyzed and compared with isotropic results. The coupled method is then extended for random excitation. Random excitation results are compared with uncoupled results for isotropic and composite panels.

4. Foundations of the complex variable boundary element method

2014-01-01

This book explains and examines the theoretical underpinnings of the Complex Variable Boundary Element Method (CVBEM) as applied to higher dimensions, providing the reader with the tools for extending and using the CVBEM in various applications. Relevant mathematics and principles are assembled and the reader is guided through the key topics necessary for an understanding of the development of the CVBEM in both the usual two- as well as three- or higher dimensions. In addition to this, problems are provided that build upon the material presented. The Complex Variable Boundary Element Method (CVBEM) is an approximation method useful for solving problems involving the Laplace equation in two dimensions. It has been shown to be a useful modelling technique for solving two-dimensional problems involving the Laplace or Poisson equations on arbitrary domains. The CVBEM has recently been extended to 3 or higher spatial dimensions, which enables the precision of the CVBEM in solving the Laplace equation to be now ava...

5. Application of the boundary element method to transient heat conduction

Dargush, G. F.; Banerjee, P. K.

1991-01-01

An advanced boundary element method (BEM) is presented for the transient heat conduction analysis of engineering components. The numerical implementation necessarily includes higher-order conforming elements, self-adaptive integration and a multiregion capability. Planar, three-dimensional and axisymmetric analyses are all addressed with a consistent time-domain convolution approach, which completely eliminates the need for volume discretization for most practical analyses. The resulting general purpose algorithm establishes BEM as an attractive alternative to the more familiar finite difference and finite element methods for this class of problems. Several detailed numerical examples are included to emphasize the accuracy, stability and generality of the present BEM. Furthermore, a new efficient treatment is introduced for bodies with embedded holes. This development provides a powerful analytical tool for transient solutions of components, such as casting moulds and turbine blades, which are cumbersome to model when employing the conventional domain-based methods.

6. 8th International Conference on Boundary Element Methods

Brebbia, C

1986-01-01

The International Conference on Boundary Element Methods in Engineering was started in 1978 with the following objectives: i) To act as a focus for BE research at a time when the technique wasjust emerging as a powerful tool for engineering analysis. ii) To attract new as weIl as established researchers on Boundary Elements, in order to maintain its vitality and originality. iii) To try to relate the Boundary Element Method to other engineering techniques in an effort to help unify the field of engineering analysis, rather than to contribute to its fragmentation. These objectives were achieved during the last 7 conferences and this meeting - the eighth - has continued to be as innovative and dynamic as any ofthe previous conferences. Another important aim ofthe conference is to encourage the participation of researchers from as many different countries as possible and in this regard it is a policy of the organizers to hold the conference in different locations. It is easy to forget when working on scientific ...

7. COUPLING OF ASSUMED STRESS FINITE ELEMENT AND BOUNDARY ELEMENT METHODS WITH STRESS-TRACTION EQUILIBRIUM

GUZELBEY Ibrahim H.; KANBER Bahattin; AKPOLAT Abdullah

2004-01-01

In this study, the stress based finite element method is coupled with the boundary element method in two different ways. In the first one, the ordinary distribution matrix is used for coupling. In the second one, the stress traction equilibrium is used at the interface line of both regions as a new coupling process. This new coupling procedure is presented without a distribution matrix. Several case studies are solved for the validation of the developed coupling procedure. The results of case studies are compared with the distribution matrix coupling, displacement based finite element method, assumed stress finite element method, boundary element method, ANSYS and analytical results whenever possible. It is shown that the coupling of the stress traction equilibrium with assumed stress finite elements gives as accurate results as those by the distribution matrix coupling.

8. Acoustic analysis of lightweight auto-body based on finite element method and boundary element method

LIANG Xinhua; ZHU Ping; LIN Zhongqin; ZHANG Yan

2007-01-01

A lightweight automotive prototype using alter- native materials and gauge thickness is studied by a numeri- cal method. The noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) performance is the main target of this study. In the range of 1-150 Hz, the frequency response function (FRF) of the body structure is calculated by a finite element method (FEM) to get the dynamic behavior of the auto-body structure. The pressure response of the interior acoustic domain is solved by a boundary element method (BEM). To find the most contrib- uting panel to the inner sound pressure, the panel acoustic contribution analysis (PACA) is performed. Finally, the most contributing panel is located and the resulting structural optimization is found to be more efficient.

9. THE COUPLING OF NATURAL BOUNDARY ELEMENT AND FINITE ELEMENT METHOD FOR 2D HYPERBOLIC EQUATIONS

De-hao Yu; Qi-kui Du

2003-01-01

In this paper, we investigate the coupling of natural boundary element and finite ele-ment methods of exterior initial boundary value problems for hyperbolic equations. Thegoverning equation is first discretized in time, leading to a time-step scheme, where anexterior elliptic problem has to be solved in each time step. Second, a circular artifi-in an unbounded domain is transformed into the nonlocal boundary value problem in abounded subdomain. And the natural integral equation and the Poisson integral formulaare obtained in the infinite domain Ω2 outside circle of radius R. The coupled variationalformulation is given. Only the function itself, not its normal derivative at artificial bound-and the boundary element stiffness matrix has a few different elements. Such a coupledmethod is superior to the one based on direct boundary element method. This paper dis-cusses finite element discretization for variational problem and its corresponding numericaltechnique, and the convergence for the numerical solutions. Finally, the numerical exampleis presented to illustrate feasibility and efficiency of this method.

10. Boundary element method approach to magnetostatic wave problems

Yashiro, K.; Ohkawa, S.; Miyazaki, M.

1985-03-01

In this paper, the technique for application of the boundary element method (BEM) to analysis of magnetostatic waves (MSWs) is established. To show the availability of the technique, two types of waveguides for the MSW are studied; one is a waveguide constituting a YIG slab shielded with metal plates and the other is a waveguide consisting of an unshielded YIG slab. With the former structure the results obtained by the present technique are compared with the analytical solutions, and with the latter the BEM is compared with Marcatili's approximate method since there is no analytical solution in this case. Those comparisons are performed successfully for both cases. The paper concludes that the BEM is useful and effective for analysis of a wide range of MSW problems.

11. Substantive provisions of Numeral-analytical boundary elements method

V.F. Orobey

2011-06-01

Full Text Available Substantive propositions of the new method of design calculation, that got the name "Numeral-analytical of boundary elements method", offered by authors, are brought. A method consists of development of the fundamental system of decisions (analytically and Green functions (also analytically for every examined task.For the account of certain border terms, or terms of contact between the separate modules (the separate element of the system is so named the small system of linear algebraic equalizations, that must be decided numeral, is made.Discretisation only of border of the area occupied by an object, sharply diminishes the order of the system of resolvent equalizations; there is possibility of decline of regularity of the decided task. A method is strictly reasonable mathematically, as uses the fundamental decisions of differential equalizations, and, means, within the framework of the accepted hypotheses allows to get the exact meaning of parameters of task (efforts, moving, tensions, currents, frequencies of eigentones, critical forces of loss of stability et cetera into an area.Simplicity of logic of algorithm, good convergence of decision, high stability and small accumulation of errors at numeral operations, are marked also.

12. Comparison of boundary element and finite element methods in two-dimensional inelastic analysis

The finite element method has been commonly used to solve boundary value problems in inelastic deformation of metallic structures. Recently, Mukherjee and his coworkers applied the boundary element method to such problems. Planar time-dependent inelasticity problems were considered and a constitutive model with state variables was used to describe material behavior. The accuracy and computational efficiency of these two methods are compared for certain selected planar problems. In order to make the comparison as meaningful as possible, in house computer codes developed by the same group at Cornell, are used

13. Submarine Magnetic Field Extrapolation Based on Boundary Element Method

GAO Jun-ji; LIU Da-ming; YAO Qiong-hui; ZHOU Guo-hua; YAN Hui

2007-01-01

In order to master the magnetic field distribution of submarines in the air completely and exactly and study the magnetic stealthy performance of submarine, a mathematic model of submarine magnetic field extrapolation is built based on the boundary element method (BEM). An experiment is designed to measure three components of magnetic field on the envelope surface surrounding a model submarine. The data in differentheights above the model submarine are obtained by use of tri-axial magnetometers. The results show that this extrapolation model has good stabilities and high accuracies compared the measured data with the extrapolated data. Moreover, the model can reflect the submarine magnetic field distribution in the air exactly, and is valuable in practical engineering.

14. A new simple multidomain fast multipole boundary element method

Huang, S.; Liu, Y. J.

2016-09-01

A simple multidomain fast multipole boundary element method (BEM) for solving potential problems is presented in this paper, which can be applied to solve a true multidomain problem or a large-scale single domain problem using the domain decomposition technique. In this multidomain BEM, the coefficient matrix is formed simply by assembling the coefficient matrices of each subdomain and the interface conditions between subdomains without eliminating any unknown variables on the interfaces. Compared with other conventional multidomain BEM approaches, this new approach is more efficient with the fast multipole method, regardless how the subdomains are connected. Instead of solving the linear system of equations directly, the entire coefficient matrix is partitioned and decomposed using Schur complement in this new approach. Numerical results show that the new multidomain fast multipole BEM uses fewer iterations in most cases with the iterative equation solver and less CPU time than the traditional fast multipole BEM in solving large-scale BEM models. A large-scale fuel cell model with more than 6 million elements was solved successfully on a cluster within 3 h using the new multidomain fast multipole BEM.

15. A new simple multidomain fast multipole boundary element method

Huang, S.; Liu, Y. J.

2016-06-01

A simple multidomain fast multipole boundary element method (BEM) for solving potential problems is presented in this paper, which can be applied to solve a true multidomain problem or a large-scale single domain problem using the domain decomposition technique. In this multidomain BEM, the coefficient matrix is formed simply by assembling the coefficient matrices of each subdomain and the interface conditions between subdomains without eliminating any unknown variables on the interfaces. Compared with other conventional multidomain BEM approaches, this new approach is more efficient with the fast multipole method, regardless how the subdomains are connected. Instead of solving the linear system of equations directly, the entire coefficient matrix is partitioned and decomposed using Schur complement in this new approach. Numerical results show that the new multidomain fast multipole BEM uses fewer iterations in most cases with the iterative equation solver and less CPU time than the traditional fast multipole BEM in solving large-scale BEM models. A large-scale fuel cell model with more than 6 million elements was solved successfully on a cluster within 3 h using the new multidomain fast multipole BEM.

16. An analysis of three-dimensional eddy current distribution by using boundary element method

A boundary element method using vector variables is presented. For the analysis of three-dimensional eddy current distribution, electric field and magnetic flux density are defined as unknown vector variables. In the boundary element method, boundary surfaces are divided into a number of triangular elements on which electric field and magnetic flux density are assumed to be constant. The boundary element method is applied to workshop problem 6; the hollow sphere in uniform magnetic field. The computation results of the hollow sphere model almost agree with analytical solutions. (author)

17. New formulations on the finite element method for boundary value problems with internal/external boundary layers

New Petrov-Galerkin formulations on the finite element methods for convection-diffusion problems with boundary layers are presented. Such formulations are based on a consistent new theory on discontinuous finite element methods. Existence and uniqueness of solutions for these problems in the new finite element spaces are demonstrated. Some numerical experiments shows how the new formulation operate and also their efficacy. (author)

18. Three-dimensional shape optimization using the boundary element method

Yamazaki, Koetsu; Sakamoto, Jiro; Kitano, Masami

1994-06-01

A practical design sensitivity calculation technique of displacements and stresses for three-dimensional bodies based on the direct differentiation method of discrete boundary integral equations is formulated in detail. Then the sensitivity calculation technique is applied to determine optimum shapes of minimum weight subjected to stress constraints, where an approximated subproblem is constructed repeatedly and solved sequentially by the mathematical programming method. The shape optimization technique suggested here is applied to determine optimum shapes of a cavity in a cube and a connecting rod.

19. Three-dimensional shape optimization using boundary element method

Yamazaki, Koetsu; Sakamoto, Jiro; Kitano, Masami

1993-04-01

A practical design sensitivity calculation technique of displacements and stresses for three-dimensional bodies based on the direct differentiation method of discrete boundary integral equations is formulated in detail. Then, the sensitivity calculation technique is applied to determine optimum shapes of minimum weight subjected to stress constraints, where an approximated subproblem is constructed repeatedly and solved sequentially by the mathematical programming method. The shape optimization technique suggested here is applied to determine optimum shapes of a cavity shape in a cube and a connecting rod.

20. Use of the iterative solution method for coupled finite element and boundary element modeling

Tunnels buried deep within the earth constitute an important class geomechanics problems. Two numerical techniques used for the analysis of geomechanics problems, the finite element method and the boundary element method, have complementary characteristics for applications to problems of this type. The usefulness of combining these two methods for use as a geomechanics analysis tool has been recognized for some time, and a number of coupling techniques have been proposed. However, not all of them lend themselves to efficient computational implementations for large-scale problems. This report examines a coupling technique that can form the basis for an efficient analysis tool for large scale geomechanics problems through the use of an iterative equation solver

1. A finite element-boundary element method for advection-diffusion problems with variable advective fields and infinite domains

Driessen, B.J.; Dohner, J.L.

1998-08-01

In this paper a hybrid, finite element--boundary element method which can be used to solve for particle advection-diffusion in infinite domains with variable advective fields is presented. In previous work either boundary element, finite element, or difference methods have been used to solve for particle motion in advective-diffusive domains. These methods have a number of limitations. Due to the complexity of computing spatially dependent Greens functions, the boundary element method is limited to domains containing only constant advective fields, and due to their inherent formulation, finite element and finite difference methods are limited to only domains of finite spatial extent. Thus, finite element and finite difference methods are limited to finite space problems for which the boundary element method is not, and the boundary element method is limited to constant advection field problems for which finite element and finite difference methods are not. In this paper it is proposed to split a domain into two sub-domains, and for each of these sub domains, apply the appropriate solution method; thereby, producing a method for the total infinite space, variable advective field domain.

2. Two simple finite element methods for Reissner--Mindlin plates with clamped boundary condition

Bishnu P. Lamichhane

2013-01-01

We present two simple finite element methods for the discretization of Reissner--Mindlin plate equations with {\\em clamped} boundary condition. These finite element methods are based on discrete Lagrange multiplier spaces from mortar finite element techniques. We prove optimal a priori error estimates for both methods.

3. Temperature and stress distribution in pressure vessel by the boundary element method

The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the applicability of boundary element method for the solution of temperatures and thermal stresses in the body of reactor pressure vessel of the NPP Krsko . In addition to the theory of boundary elements for thermo-elastic continua (2D, 3D) results are given of a numerically evaluated meridional cross-section. (author)

4. Space-dependent core/reflector boundary conditions generated by the boundary element method for pressurized water reactors

Itagaki, M. (Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Dept. of Nuclear Ship Engineering, Aza-Kitasekine, Oaza-Sekine, Mutsu, Aomori 035 (JP)); Brebbia, C.A. (Computational Mechanics Inst., Ashurst Lodge, Ashurst, Southampton SO4 2AA (GB))

1991-03-01

This paper reports on the boundary element method used to generate energy-dependent matrix-type boundary conditions along core/reflector interfaces and along baffle-plate surfaces of pressurized water reactors. This method enables one to deal with all types of boundary geometries including convex and concave corners. The method is applicable to neutron diffusion problems with more than two energy groups and also can be used to model a reflector with or without a baffle plate. Excellent eigenvalue and flux shape results can be obtained when the boundary conditions generated by this technique are coupled with core-only finite difference calculations.

5. Experimental validation of finite element and boundary element methods for predicting structural vibration and radiated noise

Seybert, A. F.; Wu, T. W.; Wu, X. F.

1994-01-01

This research report is presented in three parts. In the first part, acoustical analyses were performed on modes of vibration of the housing of a transmission of a gear test rig developed by NASA. The modes of vibration of the transmission housing were measured using experimental modal analysis. The boundary element method (BEM) was used to calculate the sound pressure and sound intensity on the surface of the housing and the radiation efficiency of each mode. The radiation efficiency of each of the transmission housing modes was then compared to theoretical results for a finite baffled plate. In the second part, analytical and experimental validation of methods to predict structural vibration and radiated noise are presented. A rectangular box excited by a mechanical shaker was used as a vibrating structure. Combined finite element method (FEM) and boundary element method (BEM) models of the apparatus were used to predict the noise level radiated from the box. The FEM was used to predict the vibration, while the BEM was used to predict the sound intensity and total radiated sound power using surface vibration as the input data. Vibration predicted by the FEM model was validated by experimental modal analysis; noise predicted by the BEM was validated by measurements of sound intensity. Three types of results are presented for the total radiated sound power: sound power predicted by the BEM model using vibration data measured on the surface of the box; sound power predicted by the FEM/BEM model; and sound power measured by an acoustic intensity scan. In the third part, the structure used in part two was modified. A rib was attached to the top plate of the structure. The FEM and BEM were then used to predict structural vibration and radiated noise respectively. The predicted vibration and radiated noise were then validated through experimentation.

6. A practical guide to boundary element methods with the software library BEMLIB

Pozrikidis, C

2002-01-01

LAPLACE'S EQUATION IN ONE DIMENSIONGreen's First and Second Identities and the Reciprocal Relation Green's FunctionsBoundary-Value Representation Boundary-Value EquationLAPLACE'S EQUATION IN TWO DIMENSIONS Green's First and Second Identities and the Reciprocal RelationGreen's Functions Integral Representation Integral Equations Hypersingular Integrals Irrotational FlowGeneralized Single- and Double-Layer Representations BOUNDARY-ELEMENT METHODS FOR LAPLACE'S EQUATION IN TWO DIMENSIONSBoundary Element Discretization .Discretization of

7. An interpolating boundary element-free method (IBEFM) for elasticity problems

2010-01-01

The paper begins by discussing the interpolating moving least-squares (IMLS) method. Then the formulae of the IMLS method obtained by Lancaster are revised. On the basis of the boundary element-free method (BEFM), combining the boundary integral equation method with the IMLS method improved in this paper, the interpolating boundary element-free method (IBEFM) for two-dimensional elasticity problems is presented, and the corresponding formulae of the IBEFM for two-dimensional elasticity problems are obtained. In the IMLS method in this paper, the shape function satisfies the property of Kronecker δ function, and then in the IBEFM the boundary conditions can be applied directly and easily. The IBEFM is a direct meshless boundary integral equation method in which the basic unknown quantity is the real solution to the nodal variables. Thus it gives a greater computational precision. Numerical examples are presented to demonstrate the method.

8. Hybrid finite-element/boundary-element method to calculate Oersted fields

The article presents a general-purpose hybrid finite-element/boundary-element method (FEM/BEM) to calculate magnetostatic fields generated by stationary electric currents. The efficiency of this code lies in its ability to simulate Oersted fields in complex geometries with non-uniform current density distributions. As a precursor to the calculation of the Oersted field, an FEM algorithm is employed to calculate the electric current density distribution. The accuracy of the code is confirmed by comparison with analytic results. Two examples show how this method provides important numerical data that can be directly plugged into micromagnetic simulations: The current density distribution in a thin magnetic strip with a notch, and the Oersted field in a three-dimensional contact geometry; similar to the type commonly used in spin-torque driven nano-oscillators. It is argued that a precise calculation of both, the Oersted field and the current density distribution, is essential for a reliable simulation of current-driven micromagnetic processes. - Highlights: • We present a numerical method to calculate Oersted fields for arbitrary geometries. • Description of a FEM algorithm to calculate current density distributions. • It is argued that these methods are valuable for micromagnetic STT-simulations. • Several examples are shown, highlighting the methods’ importance and accuracy

9. Simplified identification method for estimating residual stress distribution due to welding by boundary element method

The residual stress due to butt-welds may affect the reliability of a welded structure because brittle fracture, buckling fracture, and fatigue life may be affected. The measurement of welding residual stress is conducted by destructive or nondestructive methods, but these methods require much time and labor. A simplified identification method based on the boundary element method is proposed to estimate the residual stress distribution due to butt-welding of thin plates. The validity of the proposed method was confirmed by numerical experiments when random measurement errors are included in the measured value. (author)

10. Validation of finite element and boundary element methods for predicting structural vibration and radiated noise

Seybert, A. F.; Wu, X. F.; Oswald, Fred B.

1992-01-01

Analytical and experimental validation of methods to predict structural vibration and radiated noise are presented. A rectangular box excited by a mechanical shaker was used as a vibrating structure. Combined finite element method (FEM) and boundary element method (BEM) models of the apparatus were used to predict the noise radiated from the box. The FEM was used to predict the vibration, and the surface vibration was used as input to the BEM to predict the sound intensity and sound power. Vibration predicted by the FEM model was validated by experimental modal analysis. Noise predicted by the BEM was validated by sound intensity measurements. Three types of results are presented for the total radiated sound power: (1) sound power predicted by the BEM modeling using vibration data measured on the surface of the box; (2) sound power predicted by the FEM/BEM model; and (3) sound power measured by a sound intensity scan. The sound power predicted from the BEM model using measured vibration data yields an excellent prediction of radiated noise. The sound power predicted by the combined FEM/BEM model also gives a good prediction of radiated noise except for a shift of the natural frequencies that are due to limitations in the FEM model.

11. MULTIGRID ALGORITHM FOR THE COUPLING SYSTEM OF NATURAL BOUNDARY ELEMENT METHOD AND FINITE ELEMENT METHOD FOR UNBOUNDED DOMAIN PROBLEMS

Sheng Zhang; Dehao Yu

2007-01-01

In this paper, some V-cycle multigrid algorithms are presented for the coupling system arising from the discretization of the Dirichlet exterior problem by coupling the natural boundary element method and finite element method. The convergence of these multigrid algorithms is obtained even with only one smoothing on all levels. The rate of convergence is found uniformly bounded independent of the number of levels and the mesh sizes of all levels, which indicates that these multigrid algorithms are optimal. Some numerical results are also reported.

12. A Boundary Element Method for Steady Infiltration from Periodic Channels.

Azis, Moh. Ivan; Clements, D. L.; Lobo, M

2003-01-01

The matric flux potential and horizontal and vertical flux distributions are obtained for periodic irrigation channels by using boundary integral equation techniques. Numerical results are given for the special cases of semicircular and rectangular channels and the results compared with those of Batu [Soil Science Society of America Journal, 42:545??? 549, 1978] and Warrick and Lomen [Soil Science Society of America Journal, 40:639???643, 1976] for a flat strip. The re...

13. Seismic analysis of rectangular liquid storage structure with submerged objects by a coupled finite element-boundary element method

Seismic analysis of rectangular liquid storage structure is performed by using a coupled boundary element-finite method. The method models the liquid motion as the irrotation motion of ideal fluid by boundary element method. Coupling with finite element method for the containing structure is performed by using compatibility and equilibrium conditions along the interface of the fluid and structure interaction system such as sloshing motion, hydrodynamic pressure, displacement, effect of submerged objects are investigated and compared between two-and three-dimensional analysis results. (author). 6 refs., 12 figs

14. Element stacking method for topology optimization with material-dependent boundary and loading conditions

Yoon, Gil Ho; Park, Y.K.; Kim, Y.Y.

2007-01-01

element models or topology optimization reformulation may be necessary. The key idea of the proposed method is to stack multiple elements on the same discretization pixel and select a single or no element. In this method, stacked elements on the same pixel have the same coordinates but may have......A new topology optimization scheme, called the element stacking method, is developed to better handle design optimization involving material-dependent boundary conditions and selection of elements of different types. If these problems are solved by existing standard approaches, complicated finite...

15. Fast multipole acceleration of the MEG/EEG boundary element method

The accurate solution of the forward electrostatic problem is an essential first step before solving the inverse problem of magneto- and electroencephalography (MEG/EEG). The symmetric Galerkin boundary element method is accurate but cannot be used for very large problems because of its computational complexity and memory requirements. We describe a fast multipole-based acceleration for the symmetric boundary element method (BEM). It creates a hierarchical structure of the elements and approximates far interactions using spherical harmonics expansions. The accelerated method is shown to be as accurate as the direct method, yet for large problems it is both faster and more economical in terms of memory consumption

16. A study of applicability of soil-structure interaction analysis method using boundary element method

Kim, M. K. [KAERI, Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, M. K. [Yonsei University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

2003-07-01

In this study, a numerical method for Soil-Structure Interaction (SSI) analysis using FE-BE coupling method is developed. The total system is divided into two parts so called far field and near field. The far field is modeled by boundary element formulation using the multi-layered dynamic fundamental solution and coupled with near field modeled by finite elements. In order to verify the seismic response analysis, the results are compared with those of other commercial code. Finally, several SSI analyses which induced seismic loading are performed to examine the dynamic behavior of the system. As a result, it is shown that the developed method can be an efficient numerical method for solving the SSI analysis.

17. Plasma boundary identification in HL-2A by means of the finite current element method

You Tian-Xue; Yuan Bao-Shan; Liu Li; Li Fang-Zhu

2005-01-01

In this paper, the finite current element(FCE)method used in HL-2A is described. The calculation and test results show that the error of the reconsturcted boundary given by the FCE method(<3mm)is smaller than that obtained by the current filament medthod used before(<6mm).Even if some current elements are Iocated out of the plasma boundary,the FCE method can also identify the plasma boundary successfully.If the location of the finite current elements is changed is a certain area, the error of the reconstructed boundary is always very small. By employing a conventional PC(Pentium 4 2.4 GHz),the calculation time of one set of plasma discharge parameters does nto exceed 1ms. Thus, the FCM method can identify the diverted plamma configuration quickly and accurately.This is essential and important for real-time shape control in IIL-2A.

18. Investigation of the stability of blocks around underground openings by using the boundary element method

Murat Ünal

2002-01-01

In this study, a two-dimensional software was developed by using the boundary element method, in order to model and solve the rock mechanics problems encountered in surface and underground excavations. Stability of rock wedges formed at the roof of underground excavations were investigated in detail by using this software. The behaviour of the symmetric wedge on different joint stiffnesses was studied using a modified boundary element software. Then the results obtained were discussed and com...

19. Boundary Element Method with Non—overlapping Domain Decomposition for Diffusion Equation

ZHUJialin; ZHANGTaiping

2002-01-01

A boundary element method based on non-overlapping domain decomposition method to solve the time-dependent diffusion equations is presented.The time-dependent fundamental solution is used in the formulation of boundary integrals and the time integratioin process always restarts from the initial time condition.The process of replacing the interface values,which needs a summation of boundary integrals related to the boundary values at previous time steps can be treated in parallel parallel iterative procedure,Numerical experiments demonstrate that the implementation of the present alogrithm is efficient.

20. CALCULATION OF MILL RIGIDITY BY THREE DIMENSION CONTACT BOUNDARY ELEMENT METHOD

2001-01-01

Vertical rigidity of the space self-adaptive 530 high rigidity mill is calculated by applying the boundary element method (BEM) of three-dimension elastic contact problem,which can update the existed deforming separation calculating theory and corresponding methods of material mechanics,elastic mechanics and finite element method.The method has less hypotheses and stronger synthesis in contact-type calculating model.The advantages of the method are high calculating rate,high calculating accuracy,etc..

1. An introductory study of the convergence of the direct boundary element method

Juhl, Peter Møller

Although boundary element methods have been used for three decades for the numerical solution of acoustic problems, the issue of convergence is not well known among acoustic engineers. In this paper the concept of convergence is introduced in an intuitive and empirical style. The convergence of an...... axisymmetric boundary element formulation is studied using linear, quadratic or superparametric elements. It is demonstrated that the rate of convergence of these formulations is reduced for calculations involving bodies with edges (geometric singularities). Two methods for improving the rate of convergence...

2. Practical application of inverse boundary element method to sound field studies of tyres

Schuhmacher, Andreas

1999-01-01

An approach based on boundary element modelling of sound sources and regularisation techniques was compared with Near-field Acoustical Holography in a study of vibration patterns on a rolling tyre [1]. In the present paper, a further investigation of this Inverse Boundary Element Method (IBEM) is...... reconstruction process is to feed our model of the problem with as much a priori knowledge as possible, e.g. in the sense of known velocity data on some surfaces. In the modelling of the tyre this can be done by imposing a boundary condition to the nodes belonging to the rim structure, where the normal surface...

3. Calculation of compressible boundary layer flow about airfoils by a finite element/finite difference method

Strong, Stuart L.; Meade, Andrew J., Jr.

1992-01-01

Preliminary results are presented of a finite element/finite difference method (semidiscrete Galerkin method) used to calculate compressible boundary layer flow about airfoils, in which the group finite element scheme is applied to the Dorodnitsyn formulation of the boundary layer equations. The semidiscrete Galerkin (SDG) method promises to be fast, accurate and computationally efficient. The SDG method can also be applied to any smoothly connected airfoil shape without modification and possesses the potential capability of calculating boundary layer solutions beyond flow separation. Results are presented for low speed laminar flow past a circular cylinder and past a NACA 0012 airfoil at zero angle of attack at a Mach number of 0.5. Also shown are results for compressible flow past a flat plate for a Mach number range of 0 to 10 and results for incompressible turbulent flow past a flat plate. All numerical solutions assume an attached boundary layer.

4. Modelling of pressurized water reactor fuel, rod time dependent radial heat flow with boundary element method

The basic principles of the boundary element method numerical treatment of the radial flow heat diffusion equation are presented. The algorithm copes the time dependent Dirichlet and Neumann boundary conditions, temperature dependent material properties and regions from different materials in thermal contact. It is verified on the several analytically obtained test cases. The developed method is used for the modelling of unsteady radial heat flow in pressurized water reactor fuel rod. (author)

5. E-coil: an inverse boundary element method for a quasi-static problem

Sanchez, Clemente Cobos; Garcia, Salvador Gonzalez [Depto. Electromagnetismo y F. de la Materia Facultad de Ciencias University of Granada Avda. Fuentenueva E-18071 (Spain); Power, Henry, E-mail: ccobos@ugr.e [School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD (United Kingdom)

2010-06-07

Boundary element methods represent a valuable approach for designing gradient coils; these methods are based on meshing the current carrying surface into an array of boundary elements. The temporally varying magnetic fields produced by gradient coils induce electric currents in conducting tissues and so the exposure of human subjects to these magnetic fields has become a safety concern, especially with the increase in the strength of the field gradients used in magnetic resonance imaging. Here we present a boundary element method for the design of coils that minimize the electric field induced in prescribed conducting systems. This work also details some numerical examples of the application of this coil design method. The reduction of the electric field induced in a prescribed region inside the coils is also evaluated.

6. A Regularized Galerkin Boundary Element Method (RGBEM) for Simulating Potential Flow About Zero Thickness Bodies; TOPICAL

The prediction of potential flow about zero thickness membranes by the boundary element method constitutes an integral component of the Lagrangian vortex-boundary element simulation of flow about parachutes. To this end, the vortex loop (or the panel) method has been used, for some time now, in the aerospace industry with relative success[1, 2]. Vortex loops (with constant circulation) are equivalent to boundary elements with piecewise constant variation of the potential jump. In this case, extending the analysis in[3], the near field potential velocity evaluations can be shown to be(Omicron)(1). The accurate evaluation of the potential velocity field very near the parachute surface is particularly critical to the overall accuracy and stability of the vortex-boundary element simulations. As we will demonstrate in Section 3, the boundary integral singularities, which arise due to the application of low order boundary elements, may lead to severely spiked potential velocities at vortex element centers that are near the boundary. The spikes in turn cause the erratic motion of the vortex elements, and the eventual loss of smoothness of the vorticity field and possible numerical blow up. In light of the arguments above, the application of boundary elements with (at least) a linear variation of the potential jump--or, equivalently, piecewise constant vortex sheets--would appear to be more appropriate for vortex-boundary element simulations. For this case, two strategies are possible for obtaining the potential flow field. The first option is to solve the integral equations for the (unknown) strengths of the surface vortex sheets. As we will discuss in Section 2.1, the challenge in this case is to devise a consistent system of equations that imposes the solenoidality of the locally 2-D vortex sheets. The second approach is to solve for the unknown potential jump distribution. In this case, for commonly used C(sup o) shape functions, the boundary integral is singular at

7. Analysis of 3-D Frictional Contact Mechanics Problems by a Boundary Element Method

KEUM Bangyong; LIU Yijun

2005-01-01

The development of two boundary element algorithms for solving 3-D, frictional, and linear elastostatic contact problems is reported in this paper. The algorithms employ nonconforming discretizations for solving 3-D boundary element models, which provide much needed flexibility in the boundary element modeling for 3-D contact problems. These algorithms are implemented in a new 3-D boundary element code and verified using several examples. For the numerical examples studied, the results using the new boundary element algorithms match very well with the results using a commercial finite element code, and clearly demonstrate the feasibility of the new boundary element approach for 3-D contact analysis.

8. Boundary element method for calculation of elastic wave transmission in two-dimensional phononic crystals

Li, FengLian; Wang, YueSheng; Zhang, ChuanZeng

2016-06-01

A boundary element method (BEM) is presented to compute the transmission spectra of two-dimensional (2-D) phononic crystals of a square lattice which are finite along the x-direction and infinite along the y-direction. The cross sections of the scatterers may be circular or square. For a periodic cell, the boundary integral equations of the matrix and the scatterers are formulated. Substituting the periodic boundary conditions and the interface continuity conditions, a linear equation set is formed, from which the elastic wave transmission can be obtained. From the transmission spectra, the band gaps can be identified, which are compared with the band structures of the corresponding infinite systems. It is shown that generally the transmission spectra completely correspond to the band structures. In addition, the accuracy and the efficiency of the boundary element method are analyzed and discussed.

9. A simulation method of combinding boundary element method with generalized Langevin dynamics

2000-01-01

A new simulation approach to incorporate hydration force into generalized Langevin dynamics (GLD) is developed in this note. The hydration force determined by the boundary element method (BEM) is taken into account as the mean force terms of solvent including Coulombic interactions with the induced surface charge and the surface pressure of solvent. The exponential model is taken for the friction kernel. A simulation study has been performed on the cyclic undecapeptide cyclosporin A (CPA). The results obtained from the new method (GLDBEM) have been analyzed and compared with that obtained from the molecular dynamics (MD) simulation and the conventional stochastic dynamics (SD) simulation. We have found that the results obtained from GLDBEM show the obvious improvement over the SD simulation technique in the study of molecular structure and dynamic properties.

10. Mathematical model of complex technical asymmetric system based on numerical-analytical boundary elements method

Dina V. Lazareva

2015-06-01

Full Text Available A new mathematical model of asymmetric support structure frame type is built on the basis of numerical-analytical boundary elements method (BEM. To describe the design scheme used is the graph theory. Building the model taken into account is the effect of frame members restrained torsion, which presence is due to the fact that these elements are thin-walled. The built model represents a real object as a two-axle semi-trailer platform. To implement the BEM algorithm obtained are analytical expressions of the fundamental functions and vector load components. The effected calculations are based on the semi-trailer two different models, using finite elements and boundary elements methods. The analysis showed that the error between the results obtained on the basis of two numerical methods and experimental data is about 4%, that indicates the adequacy of the proposed mathematical model.

11. Calculation of wave resistance and elevation of arbitrarily shaped bodies using the boundary integral element method

Pai, Ravindra

1991-01-01

A numerical method has been developed for computing the steady state flow about arbitrary shaped three dimensional bodies on or below the free surface using a Boundary Integral Element Method ( Panel Method). The method uses a singularity distribution over the body surface and the free surface. The method can solve for the potential distribution as well as the source density distribution. In this study a constant source distribution is assumed on each panel. The free surface bo...

12. BOUNDARY ELEMENT METHOD FOR MOVING AND ROLLING CONTACT OF 2D ELASTIC BODIES WITH DEFECTS

姚振汉; 蒲军平; 金哲植

2001-01-01

A scheme of boundary element method for moving contact of two dimensional elastic bodies using conforming discretization is presented. Both the displacement and the traction boundary conditions are satisfied on the contacting region in the sense of discretization. An algorithm to deal with the moving of the contact boundary on a larger possible contact region is presented. The algorithm is generalized to rolling contact problem as well. Some numerical examples of moving and rolling contact of 2D elastic bodies with or without friction, including the bodies with a hole-type defect, are given to show the effectiveness and the accuracy of the presented schemes.

13. The boundary element method in the determination of the hydrodynamic field from the bladed zones of turbomachines

Anton, I.; Carte, I. N.; Ludescher, H.; Iosif, A.

1990-04-01

The application of the boundary element method to the analysis of axisymmetric motions is examined with particular reference to turbomachines. A procedure for determining the hydrodynamic field in the meridian plane of turbomachine blading using the boundary element method is presented. The method is applied to a Francis turbine impeller with lateral boundaries of the Bovet type. The results obtained are compared with calculations by the finite element method.

14. A cell boundary element method applied to laminar vortex shedding from circular cylinders

Farrant, T; Tan, M; Price, W.G.

2001-01-01

The two-dimensional unsteady incompressible Navier–Stokes equations are solved for flows around arrangements of circular cylinders at Reynolds number 100 and 200. A hybrid boundary element/finite element method is used to discretise the spatial domain together with a second order implicit finite difference approximation in time. The numerical scheme of study is validated for a uniform stream past an isolated circular cylinder by comparing findings with experimental and numerical studies. Both...

15. A comparison of inverse boundary element method and near-field acoustical holography

Schuhmacher, Andreas; Hald, Jørgen; Saemann, E.-U.

1999-01-01

An inverse boundary element method (IBEM) is used to estimate the surface velocity of a rolling tyre from measurements of the near-field pressure. Subsequently, the sound pressure is calculated over a finite plane surface next to the tyre from the reconstructed velocity field on the tyre surface...

16. Stress Wave Propagation in Soils Modelled by the Boundary Element Method

Rasmussen, K. M.

This thesis deals with different aspects of the boundary element method (BEM) applied to stress wave propagation problems in soils. Among other things BEM formulations for coupled FEM and BEM, moving loads, direct BEM and indirect BEM are presented. For all the formulations both analytical...

17. Dynamic Stationary Response of Reinforced Plates by the Boundary Element Method

Luiz Carlos Facundo Sanches

2007-01-01

Full Text Available A direct version of the boundary element method (BEM is developed to model the stationary dynamic response of reinforced plate structures, such as reinforced panels in buildings, automobiles, and airplanes. The dynamic stationary fundamental solutions of thin plates and plane stress state are used to transform the governing partial differential equations into boundary integral equations (BIEs. Two sets of uncoupled BIEs are formulated, respectively, for the in-plane state (membrane and for the out-of-plane state (bending. These uncoupled systems are joined to form a macro-element, in which membrane and bending effects are present. The association of these macro-elements is able to simulate thin-walled structures, including reinforced plate structures. In the present formulation, the BIE is discretized by continuous and/or discontinuous linear elements. Four displacement integral equations are written for every boundary node. Modal data, that is, natural frequencies and the corresponding mode shapes of reinforced plates, are obtained from information contained in the frequency response functions (FRFs. A specific example is presented to illustrate the versatility of the proposed methodology. Different configurations of the reinforcements are used to simulate simply supported and clamped boundary conditions for the plate structures. The procedure is validated by comparison with results determined by the finite element method (FEM.

18. A boundary element regularised Stokeslet method applied to cilia and flagella-driven flow

Smith, David J

2010-01-01

A boundary element implementation of the regularised Stokeslet method of Cortez is applied to cilia and flagella-driven flows in biology. Previously-published approaches implicitly combine the force discretisation and the numerical quadrature used to evaluate boundary integrals. By contrast, a boundary element method can be implemented by discretising the force using basis functions, and calculating integrals using accurate numerical or analytic integration. This substantially weakens the coupling of the mesh size for the force and the regularisation parameter, and greatly reduces the number of degrees of freedom required. When modelling a cilium or flagellum as a one-dimensional filament, the regularisation parameter can be considered a proxy for the body radius, as opposed to being a parameter used to minimise numerical errors. Modelling a patch of cilia, it is found that: (1) For a fixed number of cilia, reducing cilia spacing reduces transport. (2) For fixed patch dimension, increasing cilia number increa...

19. Boundary element method for the solution of the diffusion equation in cylindrical symmetry

Equations for the solution of the diffusion equation in plane Cartesian geometry with the Boundary Element method was derived. The equation for the axi-symmetric case were set and included in the computer program. The results were compared to those obtained by the Finite Difference method. Comparing the results some advantages of the proposed method can be observed, with implications on the multidimensional problems. (author)

20. COUPLING OF FINITE ELEMENT AND BOUNDARY ELEMENT METHODS FOR THE SCATTERING BY PERIODIC CHIRAL STRUCTURES

Habib Ammari; Gang Bao

2008-01-01

Consider a time-harmonic electromagnetic plane wave incident on a biperiodic structure in R3. The periodic structure separates two homogeneous regions. The medium inside the structure is chiral and nonhomogeneous. In this paper, variational formulations coupling finite element methods in the chiral medium with a method of integral equations on the periodic interfaces are studied. The well-posedness of the continuous and discretized problems is established. Uniform convergence for the coupling variational approximations of the model problem is obtained.

1. A mixed-grid finite element method with PML absorbing boundary conditions for seismic wave modelling

We have developed a mixed-grid finite element method (MGFEM) to simulate seismic wave propagation in 2D structurally complex media. This method divides the physical domain into two subdomains. One subdomain covering the major part of the physical domain is divided by regular quadrilateral elements, while the other subdomain uses triangular elements to correctly fit a rugged free surface topography. The local stiffness matrix of any quadrilateral element is identical and matrix-vector production is calculated using an element-by-element technique, which avoids assembling a huge global stiffness matrix. As only a few triangular elements exist in the subdomain containing the rugged free surface topography, the memory requirements for storing the assembled subdomain global stiffness matrix are significantly reduced. To eliminate artificial boundary reflections, the MGFEM is also implemented to solve the system equations of PML absorbing boundary conditions (PML ABC). The accuracy and efficiency of the MGFEM is tested in numerical experiments by comparing it with conventional methods, and numerical comparisons also indicate its tremendous ability to describe rugged surfaces. (paper)

2. Boundary element numerical method for the electric field generated by oblique multi-needle electrodes

2009-01-01

According to the electric potential of oblique multi-needle electrodes (OMNE) in biological tissue, the discrete equations based on the indetermination linear current density were established by the boundary element integral equations (BEIE). The non-uniform distribution of the current flowing from multi-needle electrodes to conductive biological tissues was imaged by solving a set of linear equa- tions. Then, the electric field and potential generated by OMNE in biological tissues at any point may be determined through the boundary element method (BEM). The time of program running and stability of computing method are examined by an example. It demonstrates that the algorithm possesses a quick speed and the steady computed results. It means that this method has an important referenced sig- nificance for computing the field and the potential generated by OMNE in bio-tissue, which is a fast, effective and accurate computing method.

3. Implementation aspects of the Boundary Element Method including viscous and thermal losses

Cutanda Henriquez, Vicente; Juhl, Peter Møller

2014-01-01

The implementation of viscous and thermal losses using the Boundary Element Method (BEM) is based on the Kirchhoff’s dispersion relation and has been tested in previous work using analytical test cases and comparison with measurements. Numerical methods that can simulate sound fields in fluids...... with mesh definition, geometrical singularities and treatment of closed cavities. These issues are specific of the BEM with losses. Using examples, some strategies are presented that can alleviate shortcomings and improve performance....

4. Inexact Krylov iterations and relaxation strategies with fast-multipole boundary element method

Layton, Simon K.; Barba, Lorena A.

2015-01-01

Boundary element methods produce dense linear systems that can be accelerated via multipole expansions. Solved with Krylov methods, this implies computing the matrix-vector products within each iteration with some error, at an accuracy controlled by the order of the expansion, $p$. We take advantage of a unique property of Krylov iterations that allow lower accuracy of the matrix-vector products as convergence proceeds, and propose a relaxation strategy based on progressively decreasing $p$. ...

5. Second-order wave diffraction by a circular cylinder using scaled boundary finite element method

The scaled boundary finite element method (SBFEM) has achieved remarkable success in structural mechanics and fluid mechanics, combing the advantage of both FEM and BEM. Most of the previous works focus on linear problems, in which superposition principle is applicable. However, many physical problems in the real world are nonlinear and are described by nonlinear equations, challenging the application of the existing SBFEM model. A popular idea to solve a nonlinear problem is decomposing the nonlinear equation to a number of linear equations, and then solves them individually. In this paper, second-order wave diffraction by a circular cylinder is solved by SBFEM. By splitting the forcing term into two parts, the physical problem is described as two second-order boundary-value problems with different asymptotic behaviour at infinity. Expressing the velocity potentials as a series of depth-eigenfunctions, both of the 3D boundary-value problems are decomposed to a number of 2D boundary-value sub-problems, which are solved semi-analytically by SBFEM. Only the cylinder boundary is discretised with 1D curved finite-elements on the circumference of the cylinder, while the radial differential equation is solved completely analytically. The method can be extended to solve more complex wave-structure interaction problems resulting in direct engineering applications.

6. Boundary Element Method Solution in the Time Domain For a Moving Time-Dependent Force

Nielsen, Søren R.K.; Kirkegaard, Poul Henning; Rasmussen, K. M.

2001-01-01

The problem of a moving time dependent concentrated force on the surface of an elastic halfspace is of interest in the analysis of traffic generated noise. The Boundary element method (BEM) is superior to the finite element method (FEM) in solving such problems due to its inherent ability so...... satisfy the radiation conditions exactly. In this paper a model based on the BEM is formulated for the solution of the mentioned problem. A numerical solution is obtained for the 2D plane strain case, and comparison is made with the results obtained from a corresponding FEM solution with an impedance...

7. A wideband fast multipole boundary element method for half-space/plane-symmetric acoustic wave problems

Chang-Jun Zheng; Hai-Bo Chen; Lei-Lei Chen

2013-01-01

This paper presents a novel wideband fast multipole boundary element approach to 3D half-space/planesymmetric acoustic wave problems.The half-space fundamental solution is employed in the boundary integral equations so that the tree structure required in the fast multipole algorithm is constructed for the boundary elements in the real domain only.Moreover,a set of symmetric relations between the multipole expansion coefficients of the real and image domains are derived,and the half-space fundamental solution is modified for the purpose of applying such relations to avoid calculating,translating and saving the multipole/local expansion coefficients of the image domain.The wideband adaptive multilevel fast multipole algorithm associated with the iterative solver GMRES is employed so that the present method is accurate and efficient for both lowand high-frequency acoustic wave problems.As for exterior acoustic problems,the Burton-Miller method is adopted to tackle the fictitious eigenfrequency problem involved in the conventional boundary integral equation method.Details on the implementation of the present method are described,and numerical examples are given to demonstrate its accuracy and efficiency.

8. FLUID BOUNDARY ELEMENT METHOD AND ORTHOGONAL TRANSFORM OF DOUBLE COMPLEX VARIABLES

罗义银

2003-01-01

A concept of orthogonal double function and its complex variables space was putforward. Its corresponding operation rules, the concept of analytic function and conformaltransform are established. And using this concept discussed its foreground for application offluid boundary element method. In results, this concept and special marks may be toenlarge the plane complex into three-dimensional space, and then extensive application maybe obtained in physics and mathematics.

9. ELECTRO-MECHANICAL COUPLING ANALYSIS OF MEMS STRUCTURES BY BOUNDARY ELEMENT METHOD

Zhang Kai; Cui Yunjun; Xiong Chunyang; Wang Congshun; Fang Jing

2004-01-01

In this paper, we present the applications of Boundary Element Method (BEM)to simulate the electro-mechanical coupling responses of Micro-Electro-Mechanical systems (MEMS).The algorithm is programmed in our research group based on BEM modeling for electrostatics and elastostatics. Good agreement is shown while the simulation results of the pull-in voltages are compared with the theoretical/experimental ones for some examples.

10. Application of scaled boundary finite element method in static and dynamic fracture problems

Zhenjun Yang

2006-01-01

The scaled boundary finite element method (SBFEM) is a recently developed numerical method combining advantages of both finite element methods (FEM)and boundary element methods (BEM) and with its own special features as well. One of the most prominent advantages is its capability of calculating stress intensity factors (SIFs) directly from the stress solutions whose singularities at crack tips are analytically represented. This advantage is taken in this study to model static and dynamic fracture problems. For static problems, a remeshing algorithm as simple as used in the BEM is developed while retaining the generality and flexibility of the FEM. Fully-automatic modelling of the mixed-mode crack propagation is then realised by combining the remeshing algorithm with a propagation criterion.F0r dynamic fracture problems, a newly developed series-increasing solution to the SBFEM governing equations in the frequency domain is applied to calculate dynamic SIFs. Three plane problems are modelled. The numerical results show that the SBFEM can accurately predict static and dynamic SIFs, cracking paths and load-displacement curves, using only a fraction of degrees of freedom generally needed by the traditional finite element methods.

11. Seismic response of three-dimensional rockfill dams using the Indirect Boundary Element Method

The Indirect Boundary Element Method (IBEM) is used to compute the seismic response of a three-dimensional rockfill dam model. The IBEM is based on a single layer integral representation of elastic fields in terms of the full-space Green function, or fundamental solution of the equations of dynamic elasticity, and the associated force densities along the boundaries. The method has been applied to simulate the ground motion in several configurations of surface geology. Moreover, the IBEM has been used as benchmark to test other procedures. We compute the seismic response of a three-dimensional rockfill dam model placed within a canyon that constitutes an irregularity on the surface of an elastic half-space. The rockfill is also assumed elastic with hysteretic damping to account for energy dissipation. Various types of incident waves are considered to analyze the physical characteristics of the response: symmetries, amplifications, impulse response and the like. Computations are performed in the frequency domain and lead to time response using Fourier analysis. In the present implementation a symmetrical model is used to test symmetries. The boundaries of each region are discretized into boundary elements whose size depends on the shortest wavelength, typically, six boundary segments per wavelength. Usually, the seismic response of rockfill dams is simulated using either finite elements (FEM) or finite differences (FDM). In most applications, commercial tools that combine features of these methods are used to assess the seismic response of the system for a given motion at the base of model. However, in order to consider realistic excitation of seismic waves with different incidence angles and azimuth we explore the IBEM.

12. Modeling the 3D Terrain Effect on MT by the Boundary Element Method

Ruan Baiyao; Xu Shizhe; Xu Zhifeng

2006-01-01

A numerical method is put forward in this paper, using the boundary element method(BEM) to model 3D terrain effects on magnetotelluric (MT) surveys. Using vector integral theory and electromagnetic field boundary conditions, the boundary problem of two electromagnetic fields in the upper half space (air) and lower half space (earth medium) was transformed into two vector integral equations just related to the topography: one magnetic equation for computing the magnetic field and the other electrical equation for computing the electrical field. The topography integral is decomposed into a series of integrals in a triangle element. For the integral in a triangle element, we suppose that the electromagnetic field in it is the stack of the electromagnetic field in the homogeneous earth and the topography response which is a constant; so the computation becomes simple, convenient and highly accurate. By decomposition and computation, each vector integral equation can be calculated by solving three linear equations that are related to the three Cartesian directions. The matrix of these linear equations is diagonally dominant and can be solved using the Symmetric Successive Over-Relaxation (SSOR) method. The apparent resistivity curve of MT on two 3D terrains calculated by BEM is shown in this paper.

13. Computational Acoustics of Noise Propagation in Fluids - Finite and Boundary Element Methods

Marburg, Steffen

2008-01-01

Among numerical methods applied in acoustics, the Finite Element Method (FEM) is normally favored for interior problems whereas the Boundary Element Method (BEM) is quite popular for exterior ones. That is why this valuable reference provides a complete survey of methods for computational acoustics, namely FEM and BEM. It demonstrates that both methods can be effectively used in the complementary cases. The chapters by well-known authors are evenly balanced: 10 chapters on FEM and 10 on BEM. An initial conceptual chapter describes the derivation of the wave equation and supplies a unified approach to FEM and BEM for the harmonic case. A categorization of the remaining chapters and a personal outlook complete this introduction. In what follows, both FEM and BEM are discussed in the context of very different problems. Firstly, this comprises numerical issues, e.g. convergence, multi-frequency solutions and highly efficient methods; and secondly, solutions techniques for the particular difficulties that arise wi...

14. Quantum corrected model for plasmonic nanoparticles: A boundary element method implementation

Hohenester, Ulrich

2015-05-01

We present a variant of the recently developed quantum corrected model (QCM) for plasmonic nanoparticles [Nat. Commun. 3, 825 (2012), 10.1038/ncomms1806] using nonlocal boundary conditions. The QCM accounts for electron tunneling in narrow gap regions of coupled metallic nanoparticles, leading to the appearance of new charge-transfer plasmons. Our approach has the advantages that it emphasizes the nonlocal nature of tunneling and introduces only contact resistance, but not ohmic losses through tunneling. Additionally, it can be implemented much more easily in boundary element method (BEM) approaches. We develop the methodology for the QCM using nonlocal boundary conditions and present simulation results of our BEM implementation, which are in good agreement with those of the original QCM.

15. Boundary Element Method (BEM) Analysis for Galvanic Corrosion of Hot Dip Galvanized Steel Immersed in Seawater

Xiao Tang; Yuzhi Zhanga; Meng Liu; Yan Li

2009-01-01

A numerical analysis of galvanic corrosion of hot-dip galvanized steel immersed in seawater was presented.The analysis was based on the boundary element methods (BEMs) coupled with Newton-Raphson iterative technique to treat the nonlinear boundary conditions, which were determined by the experimental polarization curves. Results showed that galvanic current density concentrates on the boundary of steel substrate and zinc coating, and the sacrificial protection of zinc coating to steel substrate results in overprotection of steel cathode. Not only oxygen reduction but also hydrogen reduction could occur as cathode reactions, which probably led up to the adsorption and absorption of hydrogen atoms. Flat galvanized steel tensile sample shows a brittle behavior similar to hydrogen embrittlement according to the SSRT (show strain rate test) in seawater.

16. Indirect boundary element method to simulate elastic wave propagation in piecewise irregular and flat regions

Perton, Mathieu; Contreras-Zazueta, Marcial A.; Sánchez-Sesma, Francisco J.

2016-06-01

A new implementation of indirect boundary element method allows simulating the elastic wave propagation in complex configurations made of embedded regions that are homogeneous with irregular boundaries or flat layers. In an older implementation, each layer of a flat layered region would have been treated as a separated homogeneous region without taking into account the flat boundary information. For both types of regions, the scattered field results from fictitious sources positioned along their boundaries. For the homogeneous regions, the fictitious sources emit as in a full-space and the wave field is given by analytical Green's functions. For flat layered regions, fictitious sources emit as in an unbounded flat layered region and the wave field is given by Green's functions obtained from the discrete wavenumber (DWN) method. The new implementation allows then reducing the length of the discretized boundaries but DWN Green's functions require much more computation time than the full-space Green's functions. Several optimization steps are then implemented and commented. Validations are presented for 2-D and 3-D problems. Higher efficiency is achieved in 3-D.

17. A fast multipole boundary element method for three dimensional potential flow problems

TENG Bin; NING Dezhi; GOU Ying

2004-01-01

A fast multipole methodology (FMM) is developed as a numerical approach to reduce the computational cost and memory requirements in solving large-scale problems. It is applied to the boundary element method (BEM) for threedimensional potential flow problems. The algorithm based on mixed multipole expansion and numerical integration is implemented in combination with an iterative solver. Numerical examinations, on Dirichlet and Neumann problems,are carried out to demonstrate the capability and accuracy of the present method. It has been shown that the method has evident advantages in saving memory and computing time when used to solve huge-scale problems which may be prohibitive for the traditional BEM implementation.

18. A broadband fast multipole accelerated boundary element method for the three dimensional Helmholtz equation.

Gumerov, Nail A; Duraiswami, Ramani

2009-01-01

The development of a fast multipole method (FMM) accelerated iterative solution of the boundary element method (BEM) for the Helmholtz equations in three dimensions is described. The FMM for the Helmholtz equation is significantly different for problems with low and high kD (where k is the wavenumber and D the domain size), and for large problems the method must be switched between levels of the hierarchy. The BEM requires several approximate computations (numerical quadrature, approximations of the boundary shapes using elements), and these errors must be balanced against approximations introduced by the FMM and the convergence criterion for iterative solution. These different errors must all be chosen in a way that, on the one hand, excess work is not done and, on the other, that the error achieved by the overall computation is acceptable. Details of translation operators for low and high kD, choice of representations, and BEM quadrature schemes, all consistent with these approximations, are described. A novel preconditioner using a low accuracy FMM accelerated solver as a right preconditioner is also described. Results of the developed solvers for large boundary value problems with 0.0001 less, similarkD less, similar500 are presented and shown to perform close to theoretical expectations. PMID:19173406

19. 2-D Numerical Wave Tank by Boundary Element Method Using Different Numerical Techniques

2013-03-01

Full Text Available In this article, numerical modeling of a 2-D wave tank has been investigated by applying completely nonlinear condition for water surface elevation. This has been accomplished based on potential theory, the combined Eulerian-Lagrangian scheme for time marching and using boundary element method. Other physical and numerical attributes of the current work are: physical modeling in time domain, time integration by 4th order Runge-Kutta method, implementation of appropriate condition at the entrance boundary for wave generation, application of artificial dampers at the exit part of the wave tank, and ultimately numerical smoothing of the resulting free surface by using interpolation through spline functions. At the end, effective parameters on the generated wave have been analyzed and the generated wave has also been validated against the result of the linear wave theory.

20. Numerical solutions of multi-dimensional solidification/melting problems by the dual reciprocity boundary element method

This paper presents an effective and simple procedure for the simulation of the motion of the solid-liquid interfacial boundary and the transient temperature field during phase change process. To accomplish this purpose, an iterative implicit solution algorithm has been developed by employing the dual reciprocity boundary element method. The dual reciprocity boundary element approach provided in this paper is much simpler than the usual boundary element method applying a reciprocity principle and an available technique for dealing with domain integral of boundary element formulation simultaneously. The effectiveness of the present analysis method have been illustrated through comparisons of the calculation results of an example with its semi-analytical or other numerical solutions where available

1. Numerical solutions of multi-dimensional solidification/melting problems by the dual reciprocity boundary element method

Jo, Jong Chull; Shin, Won Ky [Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

1997-12-31

This paper presents an effective and simple procedure for the simulation of the motion of the solid-liquid interfacial boundary and the transient temperature field during phase change process. To accomplish this purpose, an iterative implicit solution algorithm has been developed by employing the dual reciprocity boundary element method. The dual reciprocity boundary element approach provided in this paper is much simpler than the usual boundary element method applying a reciprocity principle and an available technique for dealing with domain integral of boundary element formulation simultaneously. The effectiveness of the present analysis method have been illustrated through comparisons of the calculation results of an example with its semi-analytical or other numerical solutions where available. 22 refs., 3 figs. (Author)

2. An adaptive scaled boundary finite element method by subdividing subdomains for elastodynamic problems

2011-01-01

The scaled boundary finite element method(SBFEM) is a semi-analytical numerical method,which models an analysis domain by a small number of large-sized subdomains and discretises subdomain boundaries only.In a subdomain,all fields of state variables including displacement,stress,velocity and acceleration are semi-analytical,and the kinetic energy,strain energy and energy error are all integrated semi-analytically.These advantages are taken in this study to develop a posteriori h-hierarchical adaptive SBFEM for transient elastodynamic problems using a mesh refinement procedure which subdivides subdomains.Because only a small number of subdomains are subdivided,mesh refinement is very simple and efficient,and mesh mapping to transfer state variables from an old mesh to a new one is also very simple but accurate.Two 2D examples with stress wave propagation were modelled.The results show that the developed method is capable of capturing propagation of steep stress regions and calculating accurate dynamic responses,using only a fraction of degrees of freedom required by adaptive finite element method.

3. A study on scattered fields analysis of ultrasonic SH-wave by boundary element method

In this paper, the SH-wave scattering by multi-defects and inclusion using Boundary Element Method is studied. The effects of shape and distance of defects on transmitted and reflected fields are considered. The interaction of multi-defects in SH-wave scattering is also investigated. Numerical calculations by the BEM have been carried out to predict near field solution of scattered fields of ultrasonic SH-wave. The presented results can be used to improve the detection sensitivity and pursue quantitative nondestructive evaluation for inverse problem.

4. Boundary element method for natural convection in non-Newtonian fluid saturated square porous cavity

Jecl, Renata; Škerget, Leopold

2012-01-01

The main purpose of this work is to present the use of the Boundary Element Method (BEM) in the analysis of the natural convection in the square porous cavity saturated by the non-Newtonian fluid. The results of hydrodynamic and heat transfer evaluations are reported for the configuration in which the enclosure is heated from a side wall while the horizontal walls are insulated.The flow in the porous medium is modelled using the modified Brinkman extended Darcy model taking into account the n...

5. OpenBEM - An open source Boundary Element Method software in Acoustics

Cutanda Henriquez, Vicente; Juhl, Peter Møller

-symmetric and half-space problems. It also contains a number of improvements such a dealing with thin objects and close surfaces, meshing for 2D and axisymmetrical problems, analytical solutions for verification, and a number of additional functions. This paper gives an overview of the capabilities of the......OpenBEM is a collection of open source programs for solving the Helmholtz Equation using the Boundary Element Method. The collection is written in Matlab by the authors and contains codes for dealing with exterior and interior problems in two or three dimensions as well as implementation of axi...

6. The boundary element method for the solution of the multidimensional inverse heat conduction problem

This work focuses on the solution of the inverse heat conduction problem (IHCP), which consists in the determination of boundary conditions from a given set of internal temperature measurements. This problem is difficult to solve due to its ill-posedness and high sensitivity to measurement error. As a consequence, numerical regularization procedures are required to solve this problem. However, most of these methods depend on the dimension and the nature, stationary or transient, of the problem. Furthermore, these methods introduce parameters, called hyper-parameters, which have to be chosen optimally, but can not be determined a priori. So, a new general method is proposed for solving the IHCP. This method is based on a Boundary Element Method formulation, and the use of the Singular Values Decomposition as a regularization procedure. Thanks to this method, it's possible to identify and eliminate the directions of the solution where the measurement error plays the major role. This algorithm is first validated on two-dimensional stationary and one-dimensional transient problems. Some criteria are presented in order to choose the hyper-parameters. Then, the methodology is applied to two-dimensional and three-dimensional, theoretical or experimental, problems. The results are compared with those obtained by a standard method and show the accuracy of the method, its generality, and the validity of the proposed criteria. (author)

7. A time-domain finite element boundary integration method for ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation.

Shi, Fan; Choi, Wonjae; Skelton, Elizabeth A; Lowe, Michael J S; Craster, Richard V

2014-12-01

A 2-D and 3-D numerical modeling approach for calculating the elastic wave scattering signals from complex stress-free defects is evaluated. In this method, efficient boundary integration across the complex boundary of the defect is coupled with a time-domain finite element (FE) solver. The model is designed to simulate time-domain ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation in bulk media. This approach makes use of the hybrid concept of linking a local numerical model to compute the near-field scattering behavior and theoretical mathematical formulas for postprocessing to calculate the received signals. It minimizes the number of monitoring signals from the FE calculation so that the computation effort in postprocessing decreases significantly. In addition, by neglecting the conventional regular monitoring box, the region for FE calculation can be made smaller. In this paper, the boundary integral method is implemented in a commercial FE code, and it is validated by comparing the scattering signals with results from corresponding full FE models. The coupled method is then implemented in real inspection scenarios in both 2-D and 3-D, and the accuracy and the efficiency are demonstrated. The limitations of the proposed model and future works are also discussed. PMID:25474780

8. A simple finite element method for boundary value problems with a Riemann–Liouville derivative

Jin, Bangti

2016-02-01

© 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. We consider a boundary value problem involving a Riemann-Liouville fractional derivative of order α∈(3/2,2) on the unit interval (0,1). The standard Galerkin finite element approximation converges slowly due to the presence of singularity term xα-1 in the solution representation. In this work, we develop a simple technique, by transforming it into a second-order two-point boundary value problem with nonlocal low order terms, whose solution can reconstruct directly the solution to the original problem. The stability of the variational formulation, and the optimal regularity pickup of the solution are analyzed. A novel Galerkin finite element method with piecewise linear or quadratic finite elements is developed, and L2(D) error estimates are provided. The approach is then applied to the corresponding fractional Sturm-Liouville problem, and error estimates of the eigenvalue approximations are given. Extensive numerical results fully confirm our theoretical study.

9. Boundary element method applied to a gas-fired pin-fin-enhanced heat pipe

Andraka, C.E.; Knorovsky, G.A.; Drewien, C.A.

1998-02-01

The thermal conduction of a portion of an enhanced surface heat exchanger for a gas fired heat pipe solar receiver was modeled using the boundary element and finite element methods (BEM and FEM) to determine the effect of weld fillet size on performance of a stud welded pin fin. A process that could be utilized by others for designing the surface mesh on an object of interest, performing a conversion from the mesh into the input format utilized by the BEM code, obtaining output on the surface of the object, and displaying visual results was developed. It was determined that the weld fillet on the pin fin significantly enhanced the heat performance, improving the operating margin of the heat exchanger. The performance of the BEM program on the pin fin was measured (as computational time) and used as a performance comparison with the FEM model. Given similar surface element densities, the BEM method took longer to get a solution than the FEM method. The FEM method creates a sparse matrix that scales in storage and computation as the number of nodes (N), whereas the BEM method scales as N{sup 2} in storage and N{sup 3} in computation.

10. Improvements on the directional characteristics of a calibration sound source using the Boundary Element Method

Cutanda Henriquez, Vicente; Barrera Figueroa, Salvador; Juhl, Peter Møller

2008-01-01

The project Euromet-792 aims to investigate and improve methods for secondary free-field calibration of microphones. In this framework, the comparison method is being studied at DFM in relation to the more usual substitution method of microphone calibration. The design of the sound source is of...... particular importance to achieve a sound field that reaches both microphones with the same level and that is sufficiently uniform at the microphone positions, in order to reduce the effect of misalignment. An existing sound source has been modeled using the Boundary Element Method, and the simulations have...... been used to modify the source and make it suitable for this kind of calibration. It has been found that a central plug, already present in the device, can be re-shaped in such a way that makes the sound field on the microphone positions more uniform, even at rather high frequencies. Measurements have...

11. The boundary element method for light scattering by ice crystals and its implementation in BEM++

Groth, S. P.; Baran, A. J.; Betcke, T.; Havemann, S.; Śmigaj, W.

2015-12-01

A number of methods exist for solving the problem of electromagnetic scattering by atmospheric ice crystals. Amongst these methods, only a few are used to generate "benchmark" results in the atmospheric science community. Most notably, the T-matrix method, Discrete Dipole Approximation, and the Finite-Difference Time-Domain method. The Boundary Element Method (BEM), however, has received considerably less attention in this community despite its extensive use and development in other areas of applied mathematics and engineering. Recently the group of Betcke et al. (2015 [1]) at University College London has released a high performance open source boundary element library called BEM++. In this paper, we employ BEM++ to calculate the scattering properties of hexagonal ice columns of fixed orientation, as well as more complicated particles such as hollow columns and bullet-rosettes. The results for hexagonal columns are compared to those obtained using a highly accurate and well-established T-matrix method (Baran et al., 2001 [2]) for a range of different wavelengths and size parameters. It is shown that the results are in excellent agreement and that BEM++ is a fast alternative to the T-matrix method and others for generating benchmark results. However, the large memory requirements of BEM++ cause it to be limited to size parameters ~15 on a standard desktop PC if an accuracy of roughly 1% is required. The main advantages of BEM++ over many other methods are its flexibility to be applied to homogeneous dielectric particles of arbitrarily complex shape, and its open availability. This flexibility is illustrated by the application of BEM++ to scattering by hollow columns with different cavity types, as well as bullet-rosettes with 2-6 branches.

12. Inexact Krylov iterations and relaxation strategies with fast-multipole boundary element method

Layton, Simon K

2015-01-01

Boundary element methods produce dense linear systems that can be accelerated via multipole expansions. Solved with Krylov methods, this implies computing the matrix-vector products within each iteration with some error, at an accuracy controlled by the order of the expansion, $p$. We take advantage of a unique property of Krylov iterations that allow lower accuracy of the matrix-vector products as convergence proceeds, and propose a relaxation strategy based on progressively decreasing $p$. Via extensive numerical tests, we show that the relaxed Krylov iterations converge with speed-ups of between 2x and 4x for Laplace problems and between 3.5x and 4.5x for Stokes problems. We include an application to Stokes flow around red blood cells, computing with up to 64 cells and problem size up to 131k boundary elements and nearly 400k unknowns. The study was done with an in-house multi-threaded C++ code, on a quad-core CPU.

13. Boundary elements method for microfluidic two-phase flows in shallow channels

Nagel, Mathias

2014-01-01

In the following work we apply the boundary element method to two-phase flows in shallow microchannels, where one phase is dispersed and does not wet the channel walls. These kinds of flows are often encountered in microfluidic Lab-on-a-Chip devices and characterized by low Reynolds and low capillary numbers. Assuming that these channels are homogeneous in height and have a large aspect ratio, we use depth-averaged equations to describe these two-phase flows using the Brinkman equation, which constitutes a refinement of Darcy's law. These partial differential equations are discretized and solved numerically using the boundary element method, where a stabilization scheme is applied to the surface tension terms, allowing for a less restrictive time step at low capillary numbers. The convergence of the numerical algorithm is checked against a static analytical solution and on a dynamic test case. Finally the algorithm is applied to the non-linear development of the Saffman-Taylor instability and compared to expe...

14. A combined application of boundary-element and Runge-Kutta methods in three-dimensional elasticity and poroelasticity

Igumnov, Leonid; Ipatov, Aleksandr; Belov, Aleksandr; Petrov, Andrey

2015-09-01

The report presents the development of the time-boundary element methodology and a description of the related software based on a stepped method of numerical inversion of the integral Laplace transform in combination with a family of Runge-Kutta methods for analyzing 3-D mixed initial boundary-value problems of the dynamics of inhomogeneous elastic and poro-elastic bodies. The results of the numerical investigation are presented. The investigation methodology is based on direct-approach boundary integral equations of 3-D isotropic linear theories of elasticity and poroelasticity in Laplace transforms. Poroelastic media are described using Biot models with four and five base functions. With the help of the boundary-element method, solutions in time are obtained, using the stepped method of numerically inverting Laplace transform on the nodes of Runge-Kutta methods. The boundary-element method is used in combination with the collocation method, local element-by-element approximation based on the matched interpolation model. The results of analyzing wave problems of the effect of a non-stationary force on elastic and poroelastic finite bodies, a poroelastic half-space (also with a fictitious boundary) and a layered half-space weakened by a cavity, and a half-space with a trench are presented. Excitation of a slow wave in a poroelastic medium is studied, using the stepped BEM-scheme on the nodes of Runge-Kutta methods.

15. A combined application of boundary-element and Runge-Kutta methods in three-dimensional elasticity and poroelasticity

Igumnov Leonid

2015-01-01

Full Text Available The report presents the development of the time-boundary element methodology and a description of the related software based on a stepped method of numerical inversion of the integral Laplace transform in combination with a family of Runge-Kutta methods for analyzing 3-D mixed initial boundary-value problems of the dynamics of inhomogeneous elastic and poro-elastic bodies. The results of the numerical investigation are presented. The investigation methodology is based on direct-approach boundary integral equations of 3-D isotropic linear theories of elasticity and poroelasticity in Laplace transforms. Poroelastic media are described using Biot models with four and five base functions. With the help of the boundary-element method, solutions in time are obtained, using the stepped method of numerically inverting Laplace transform on the nodes of Runge-Kutta methods. The boundary-element method is used in combination with the collocation method, local element-by-element approximation based on the matched interpolation model. The results of analyzing wave problems of the effect of a non-stationary force on elastic and poroelastic finite bodies, a poroelastic half-space (also with a fictitious boundary and a layered half-space weakened by a cavity, and a half-space with a trench are presented. Excitation of a slow wave in a poroelastic medium is studied, using the stepped BEM-scheme on the nodes of Runge-Kutta methods.

16. Stability analysis of shallow tunnels subjected to eccentric loads by a boundary element method

Mehdi Panji

2016-08-01

Full Text Available In this paper, stress behavior of shallow tunnels under simultaneous non-uniform surface traction and symmetric gravity loading was studied using a direct boundary element method (BEM. The existing full-plane elastostatic fundamental solutions to displacement and stress fields were used and implemented in a developed algorithm. The cross-section of the tunnel was considered in circular, square, and horseshoe shapes and the lateral coefficient of the domain was assumed as unit quantity. Double-node procedure of the BEM was applied at the corners to improve the model including sudden traction changes. The results showed that the method used was a powerful tool for modeling underground openings under various external as well as internal loads. Eccentric loads significantly influenced the stress pattern of the surrounding tunnel. The achievements can be practically used in completing and modifying regulations for stability investigation of shallow tunnels.

17. Implementation of the boundary element method in a practical reservoir engineering software application

Kryuchkov, S.; Sanger, S.; Barden, R. [Vertex Petroleum Systems, Englewood, CO (United States)

2001-06-01

The mathematical basis of a newly developed reservoir modeling software based on the Boundary Element Method (BEM) was presented. The software includes a fully graphical interface which provides accurate and fast solutions for most engineering problems. The model capabilities include modeling of arbitrary shaped heterogenous oil and gas reservoirs with fractured, radial and horizontal wells. In addition, the software can be used to model water injection and edge water drive. The model is suitable for managing small and midsize oil and gas fields, and is particularly useful for performing case studies at each field in real time. A comparison was also conducted between the BEM model and other well known analytical solutions such as steady state and transient solutions for standard reservoirs. Results showed good agreement between the two modeling methods. for vertical, fractured and horizontal wells. 24 refs., 8 figs.

18. A coupled finite-element, boundary-integral method for simulating ultrasonic flowmeters.

Bezdĕk, Michal; Landes, Hermann; Rieder, Alfred; Lerch, Reinhard

2007-03-01

Today's most popular technology of ultrasonic flow measurement is based on the transit-time principle. In this paper, a numerical simulation technique applicable to the analysis of transit-time flowmeters is presented. A flowmeter represents a large simulation problem that also requires computation of acoustic fields in moving media. For this purpose, a novel boundary integral method, the Helmholtz integral-ray tracing method (HIRM), is derived and validated. HIRM is applicable to acoustic radiation problems in arbitrary mean flows at low Mach numbers and significantly reduces the memory demands in comparison with the finite-element method (FEM). It relies on an approximate free-space Green's function which makes use of the ray tracing technique. For simulation of practical acoustic devices, a hybrid simulation scheme consisting of FEM and HIRM is proposed. The coupling of FEM and HIRM is facilitated by means of absorbing boundaries in combination with a new, reflection-free, acoustic-source formulation. Using the coupled FEM-HIRM scheme, a full three-dimensional (3-D) simulation of a complete transit-time flowmeter is performed for the first time. The obtained simulation results are in good agreement with measurements both at zero flow and under flow conditions. PMID:17375833

19. SSI-FEBEM: A computer program for dynamic soil-structure interaction analysis using finite element and boundary element methods

Schmid, G.; Wang, S.; Chouw, N.

1991-04-01

SSI-FEBEM is a computer program for dynamic soil-structure (or structure-soil-structure) interaction analysis in the frequency domain. The program SAP IV (FEM) and the program SSI 2D/3D (BEM) have been integrated into a new program, which allows a coupling of finite and boundary elements. It is applicable to two- and three-dimensional problems. In this manual, the theoretical concept for both FEM and BEM, as used in the program, are briefly introduced. Details of the coupling of FE and BE, are also discussed. However, emphasis is directed towards the use of the computer program concerning data input and output. Finally, several examples on soil-structure interaction (SSI) and structure-soil-structure interaction (SSSI), together with their data are presented. (orig.). [Deutsch] SSI-FEBEM ist ein Programm zur Berechnung der dynamischen Antwort eines Systems Bauwerk-Boden (oder Bauwerk-Boden-Bauwerk) im Frequenzbereich. Das Programm besteht aus dem Programm SAP IV (FEM) und dem Programm SSI 2D/3D (BEM) und koppelt Finite Elemente und Randelemente. Zwei- und dreidimensionale Probleme koennen damit behandelt werden. In dem vorliegenden Bericht werden die theoretischen Grundlagen der angewendeten Methode der Finiten Elemente und der Randelemente kurz vorgestellt und deren Kopplung beschrieben. Der Bericht ist als Benutzerhandbuch anzusehen. Er beinhaltet auch Beispiele der Wechselwirkung zwischen Bauwerk und Baugrund (SSI) und zwischen Bauwerk-Boden-Bauwerk (SSSI). (orig.).

20. A fast boundary element method for the scattering analysis of high-intensity focused ultrasound.

van 't Wout, Elwin; Gélat, Pierre; Betcke, Timo; Arridge, Simon

2015-11-01

High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) techniques are promising modalities for the non-invasive treatment of cancer. For HIFU therapies of, e.g., liver cancer, one of the main challenges is the accurate focusing of the acoustic field inside a ribcage. Computational methods can play an important role in the patient-specific planning of these transcostal HIFU treatments. This requires the accurate modeling of acoustic scattering at ribcages. The use of a boundary element method (BEM) is an effective approach for this purpose because only the boundaries of the ribs have to be discretized instead of the standard approach to model the entire volume around the ribcage. This paper combines fast algorithms that improve the efficiency of BEM specifically for the high-frequency range necessary for transcostal HIFU applications. That is, a Galerkin discretized Burton-Miller formulation is used in combination with preconditioning and matrix compression techniques. In particular, quick convergence is achieved with the operator preconditioner that has been designed with on-surface radiation conditions for the high-frequency approximation of the Neumann-to-Dirichlet map. Realistic computations of acoustic scattering at 1 MHz on a human ribcage model demonstrate the effectiveness of this dedicated BEM algorithm for HIFU scattering analysis. PMID:26627749

1. Research on the cyclostationary nearfield acoustic holography based on boundary element method

ZHANG Haibin; WAN Quan; JIANG Weikang

2009-01-01

Cyclostationary sound field is a special kind of nonstationary sound field, in which the pressure signal is modulated seriously and sidebands exist in its spectrum. The reconstructed sound field can't figure the cyclostationary features in conventional Nearfield Acoustic Holography (NAH) procedure. On the basis of planar cyclostationary NAH, the cyclostationary NAH based on boundary element method is proposed which can be utilized to analyze radiators with complicated surface. Replacing the Fourier's transform with the second-order cyclic statistics, the Cyclic Spectral Density (CSD) functions is used as the reconstructed physical quantity in the proposed NAH technique, instead of the spectrum or power spectral density of pressure signal. By virtue of the demodulation ability of CSD function, the reconstructed CSD can effectively express the information of modulating and carrier wave respectively. The simulation and experiment illustrate that the validity and accuracy of this cyclostationary NAH technique satisfy the request of engineering.

2. Noise simulation of aircraft engine fans by the boundary element method

Pyatunin, K. R.; Arkharova, N. V.; Remizov, A. E.

2016-07-01

Numerical simulation results of the civil aircraft engine fan stage noise in the far field are presented. Non-steady-state rotor-stator interaction is calculated the commercial software that solves the Navier-Stokes equations using differentturbulence models. Noise propagation to the far acoustic field is calculated by the boundary element method using acoustic Lighthill analogies without taking into account the mean current in the air inlet duct. The calculated sound pressure levels at points 50 m from the engine are presented, and the directional patterns of the acoustic radiation are shown. The use of the eddy resolving turbulence model to calculate rotor-stator interaction increases the accuracy in predicting fan stage noise.

3. HIGH ACCURACY FINITE VOLUME ELEMENT METHOD FOR TWO-POINT BOUNDARY VALUE PROBLEM OF SECOND ORDER ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS

王同科

2002-01-01

In this paper, a high accuracy finite volume element method is presented for two-point boundary value problem of second order ordinary differential equation, which differs fromthe high order generalized difference methods. It is proved that the method has optimal order er-ror estimate O(h3) in H1 norm. Finally, two examples show that the method is effective.

4. Seismic site effects in a deep alluvial basin: numerical analysis by the boundary element method

Semblat, Jean-François; Dangla, Patrick; 10.1016/S0266-352X(02)00017-4

2009-01-01

The main purpose of the paper is the numerical analysis of seismic site effects in Caracas (Venezuela). The analysis is performed considering the boundary element method in the frequency domain. A numerical model including a part of the local topography is considered, it involves a deep alluvial deposit on an elastic bedrock. The amplification of seismic motion (SH-waves, weak motion) is analyzed in terms of level, occurring frequency and location. In this specific site of Caracas, the amplification factor is found to reach a maximum value of 25. Site effects occur in the thickest part of the basin for low frequencies (below 1.0 Hz) and in two intermediate thinner areas for frequencies above 1.0 Hz. The influence of both incidence and shear wave velocities is also investigated. A comparison with microtremor recordings is presented afterwards. The results of both numerical and experimental approaches are in good agreement in terms of fundamental frequencies in the deepest part of the basin. The boundary elemen...

5. Boundary element alternating method applied to analyze the stress concentration problems of multiple elliptical holes in an infinite domain

This paper presents an efficient boundary element alternating method for analyzing the interactions among multiple elliptical holes in a two dimensional infinite domain under remote uniform stresses. Instead of the analytical solution used in the conventional alternating method, the stress distribution in an infinite domain with a single elliptical hole subjected to the arbitrary tractions across the boundary is solved by the boundary element method. Then this solution correlates with a successive iterative superposition process capable of satisfying the prescribed boundary for each elliptical holes of the problem. Both the effects of various sizes of holes and ligaments among ellipses on the stress concentration are studied in detail. In addition, the computed results and the available referenced solutions closely corresponds to each other indicate the method's accuracy and efficiency. (orig.)

6. The Indirect Boundary Element Method (IBEM) for Seismic Response of Topographical Irregularities in Layered Media

Contreras Zazueta, M. A.; Perton, M.; Sanchez-Sesma, F. J.; Sánchez-Alvaro, E.

2013-12-01

The seismic hazard assessment of extended developments, such as a dam, a bridge or a pipeline, needs the strong ground motion simulation taking into account the effects of surface geology. In many cases the incoming wave field can be obtained from attenuation relations or simulations for layered media using Discrete Wave Number (DWN). Sometimes there is a need to include in simulations the seismic source as well. A number of methods to solve these problems have been developed. Among them the Finite Element and Finite Difference Methods (FEM and FDM) are generally preferred because of the facility of use. Nevertheless, the analysis of realistic dynamic loading induced by earthquakes requires a thinner mesh of the entire domain to consider high frequencies. Consequently this may imply a high computational cost. The Indirect Boundary Element Method (IBEM) can also be employed. Here it is used to study the response of a site to historical seismic activity. This method is particularly suited to model wave propagation through wide areas as it requires only the meshing of boundaries. Moreover, it is well suited to represent finely the diffraction that can occur on a fault. However, the IBEM has been applied mainly to simple geometrical configurations. In this communication significant refinements of the formulation are presented. Using IBEM we can simulate wave propagation in complex geometrical configurations such as a stratified medium crossed by thin faults or having a complex topography. Two main developments are here described; one integrates the DWN method inside the IBEM in order to represent the Green's functions of stratified media with relatively low computational cost but assuming unbounded parallel flat layers, and the other is the extension of IBEM to deal with multi-regions in contact which allows more versatility with a higher computational cost compared to the first one but still minor to an equivalent FEM formulation. The two approaches are fully

7. Forensic Seismology and Boundary Element Method Application vis-à-vis ROKS Cheonan Underwater Explosion

So Gu Kim

2013-01-01

On March 26, 2010 an underwater explosion (UWE) led to the sinking of the ROKS Cheonan. The official Multinational Civilian-Military Joint Investigation Group (MCMJIG) report concluded that the cause of the underwater explosion was a 250 kg net explosive weight (NEW) detonation at a depth of 6−9 m from a DPRK “CHT-02D” torpedo. Kim and Gitterman (2012a) determined the NEW and seismic magnitude as 136 kg at a depth of approximately 8m and 2.04, respectively using basic hydrodynamics based on theoretical and experimental methods as well as spectral analysis and seismic methods. The purpose of this study was to clarify the cause of the UWE via more detailed methods using bubble dynamics and simulation of propellers as well as forensic seismology. Regarding the observed bubble pulse period of 0.990 s, 0.976 s and 1.030 s were found in case of a 136 NEW at a detonation depth of 8 m using the boundary element method (BEM) and 3D bubble shape simulations derived for a 136 kg NEW detonation at a depth of 8 m approximately 5 m portside from the hull centerline. Here we show through analytical equations, models and 3D bubble shape simulations that the most probable cause of this underwater explosion was a 136 kg NEW detonation at a depth of 8m attributable to a ROK littoral “land control” mine (LCM).

8. A combined application of boundary-element and Runge-Kutta methods in three-dimensional elasticity and poroelasticity

Igumnov Leonid; Ipatov Aleksandr; Belov Aleksandr; Petrov Andrey

2015-01-01

The report presents the development of the time-boundary element methodology and a description of the related software based on a stepped method of numerical inversion of the integral Laplace transform in combination with a family of Runge-Kutta methods for analyzing 3-D mixed initial boundary-value problems of the dynamics of inhomogeneous elastic and poro-elastic bodies. The results of the numerical investigation are presented. The investigation methodology is based on direct-approach bound...

9. Symmetric coupling of finite element shell structures by the 3D-boundary element method; Symmetrische Kopplung von Finite-Elemente-Schalenstrukturen mit der 3D-Randelelementmethode

Haas, M.

2004-07-01

The three-dimensional Symmetrical Galerkin Boundary Element Method is presented. The necessary coupling equations for FEM/BEM coupling are established in consideration of the dimensional jump at the coupling surface. The author shows how a commercial FE program system (ABAQUS) can be coupled with the boundary element method in industrial practice. (orig.) [German] Im Leichtbau spielt die beansprechungsgerechte Auslegung von Bauteilen eine immer groessere Rolle. Meist handelt es sich um flaechige Strukturen, fuer deren Simulation sich finite Schalenelemente als effizient erwiesen haben. In Iokalen Bereichen dieser flaechigen Bauteile liegt jedoch oft ein dreidimensionaler Spannungszustand vor. Bei linear-elastischem Materialverhalten stellt fuer solche Bereiche die Randelementmethode eine Alternative zur volumenorientieren Finite-Elemente-Methode dar. In der Arbeit wird die dreidimensionale Symmetrische Galerkin-Randelementmethode vorgestellt. Es werden die notwendigen Kopplungsbeziehungen fuer die FEM/BEM-Kopplung aufgestellt, wobei der an der Kopplungsflaeche auftretende Dimensionssprung Beruecksichtigung findet. In der Arbeit wird ein Weg gezeigt, wie in der industriellen Praxis ein kommerzielles FE-Programmsystem (ABAQUS) mit der Randelementmethode gekoppelt werden kann. (orig.)

10. Depth-dependent target strengths of gadoids by the boundary-element method

Francis, David T. I.; Foote, Kenneth G.

2003-12-01

The depth dependence of fish target strength has mostly eluded experimental investigation because of the need to distinguish it from depth-dependent behavioral effects, which may change the orientation distribution. The boundary-element method (BEM) offers an avenue of approach. Based on detailed morphometric data on 15 gadoid swimbladders, the BEM has been exercised to determine how the orientation dependence of target strength changes with pressure under the assumption that the fish swimbladder remains constant in shape and volume. The backscattering cross section has been computed at a nominal frequency of 38 kHz as a function of orientation for each of three pressures: 1, 11, and 51 atm. Increased variability in target strength and more abundant and stronger resonances are both observed with increasing depth. The respective backscattering cross sections have been averaged with respect to each of four normal distributions of tilt angle, and the corresponding target strengths have been regressed on the logarithm of fish length. The tilt-angle-averaged backscattering cross sections at the highest pressure have also been averaged with respect to frequency over a 2-kHz band for representative conditions of insonification. For all averaging methods, the mean target strength changes only slightly with depth.

11. A resolution study for electrostatic force microscopy on bimetallic samples using the boundary element method

Electrostatic force microscopy (EFM) is a special design of non-contact atomic force microscopy used for detecting electrostatic interactions between the probe tip and the sample. Its resolution is limited by the finite probe size and the long-range characteristics of electrostatic forces. Therefore, quantitative analysis is crucial to understanding the relationship between the actual local surface potential distribution and the quantities obtained from EFM measurements. To study EFM measurements on bimetallic samples with surface potential inhomogeneities as a special case, we have simulated such measurements using the boundary element method and calculated the force component and force gradient component that would be measured by amplitude modulation (AM) EFM and frequency modulation (FM) EFM, respectively. Such analyses have been performed for inhomogeneities of various shapes and sizes, for different tip-sample separations and tip geometries, for different applied voltages, and for different media (e.g., vacuum or water) in which the experiment is performed. For a sample with a surface potential discontinuity, the FM-EFM resolution expression agrees with the literature; however, the simulation for AM-EFM suggests the existence of an optimal tip radius of curvature in terms of resolution. On the other hand, for samples with strip- and disk-shaped surface potential inhomogeneities, we have obtained quantitative expressions for the detectability size requirements as a function of experimental conditions for both AM- and FM-EFMs, which suggest that a larger tip radius of curvature is moderately favored for detecting the presence of such inhomogeneities

12. Noise source localization on tyres using an inverse boundary element method

Schuhmacher, Andreas; Saemann, E-U; Hald, J

1998-01-01

A dominating part of tyre noise is radiated from a region close to the tyre/road contact patch, where it is very difficult to measure both the tyre vibration and the acoustic near field. The approach taken in the present paper is to model the tyre and road surfaces with a Boundary Element Model...... from tyre noise measurements will be presented at the conference....

13. Design sensitivity analysis of three-dimensional body by boundary element method and its application to shape optimization

Yamazaki, Koetsu; Sakamoto, Jiro; Kitano, Masami

1993-02-01

A design sensitivity calculation technique based on the implicit differentiation method is formulated for isoparametric boundary elements for three-dimensional (3D) shape optimization problems. The practical sensitivity equations for boundary displacements and stresses are derived, and the efficiency and accuracy of the technique are compared with the semi-analytic method by implementing the sensitivity analysis of typical and basic shape design problems numerically. The sensitivity calculation technique is then applied to the minimum weight design problems of 3D bodies under stress constraints, such as the shape optimization of the ellipsoidal cavity in a cube and the connecting rod, where the Taylor series approximation, based on the boundary element sensitivity analysis at current design point, is adopted for the efficient implementation of the optimization.

14. Acoustic boundary element method formulation with treatment of nearly singular integrands by element subdivision

Cutanda Henríquez, Vicente; Juhl, Peter Møller

2008-01-01

) when field points are calculated very close to the boundary. The difficulty is due to the near-singularity of the integrand, which causes failure of the numerical integration over the element. There are a number of techniques to overcome this problem, in many cases involving a reformulation of the...... interest. The subdivision is adapted to the strength of the near-singularity and is only performed when needed, not adding excessive calculation time and storage. The implementation is examined and verified with test cases....

15. Indirect boundary element method for three dimensional problems. Analytical solution for contribution to wave field by triangular element; Sanjigen kansetsu kyokai yosoho. Sankakukei yoso no kiyo no kaisekikai

Yokoi, T. [Building Research Institute, Tokyo (Japan); Sanchez-Sesma, F. [Universidad National Autonoma de Mexico, (Mexico). Institute de Ingenieria

1997-05-27

Formulation is introduced for discretizing a boundary integral equation into an indirect boundary element method for the solution of 3-dimensional topographic problems. Yokoi and Takenaka propose an analytical solution-capable reference solution (solution for the half space elastic body with flat free surface) to problems of topographic response to seismic motion in a 2-dimensional in-plane field. That is to say, they propose a boundary integral equation capable of effectively suppressing the non-physical waves that emerge in the result of computation in the wake of the truncation of the discretized ground surface making use of the wave field in a semi-infinite elastic body with flat free surface. They apply the proposed boundary integral equation discretized into the indirect boundary element method to solve some examples, and succeed in proving its validity. In this report, the equation is expanded to deal with 3-dimensional topographic problems. A problem of a P-wave vertically landing on a flat and free surface is solved by the conventional boundary integral equation and the proposed boundary integral equation, and the solutions are compared with each other. It is found that the new method, different from the conventional one, can delete non-physical waves from the analytical result. 4 figs.

16. Application of dual reciprocity boundary element method to predict acoustic attenuation characteristics of marine engine exhaust silencers

JI Zhen-lin; WANG Xue-ren

2008-01-01

In marine engine exhaust silencing systems,the presence of exhaust gas flow influences the sound propagation inside the systems and the acoustic attenuation performance of silencers.In order to investigate the effects of three-dimensional gas flow and acoustic damping on the acoustic attenuation characteristics of marine engine exhaust silencers,a dual reciprocity boundary element method (DRBEM)was developed.The acoustic governing equation in three-dimensional potential flow was derived first,and then the DRBEM numerical procedure is given.Compared to the conventional boundary elementmethod (CBEM),the DRBEM considers the second order terms of flow Mach number in the acoustic governing equation,so it is suitable for the cases with higher Mach number subsonic flow.For complex exhaust silencers,it is difficult to apply the single-domain boundary element method,so a substructure approach based on the dual reciprocity boundary element method is presented.The experiments for measuring transmission loss of silencers are conducted,and the experimental setup and measurements are explained.The transmission loss of a single expansion chamber silencer with extended inlet and outlet were predicted by DRBEM and compared with the measurements.The good agreements between predictions and measurements are observed,which demonstrated that the derived acoustic governing equation and the DRBEM numerical procedure in the present study are correct.

17. Self-adaptive treatment of time dependent nonlinear nonhomogeneous radial heat flow in reactor components with boundary element method

The basic principles of self-adaptive algorithm for treatment of transient nonlinear nonhomogeneous radial heat flow, based on direct Boundary Element method formulation, are presented. The indicators of discretization error are developed, together with binary-tree strategy for manipulation with time domain mesh, assuring automatic optimisation of calculation procedure with respect to predetermined error. The developed method is particularly suitable for use in a spectrum of extremely nonlinear cases, occurring in thermal analyses of reactor components.(author)

18. Indirect boundary element method to simulate elastic wave propagation in piecewise irregular and flat regions

Perton, Mathieu; Contreras-Zazueta, Marcial A.; Sánchez-Sesma, Francisco J.

2016-04-01

A new implementation of IBEM allows simulating the elastic wave propagation in complex configurations made of embedded regions that are or homogeneous with irregular boundaries or flat layers. In an older implementation, each layer of a flat layered region would have been treated as a separated homogeneous region without taking into account the flat boundary information. For both types of regions, the scattered field results from fictitious sources positioned along their boundaries. For the homogeneous regions, the fictitious sources emit as in a full-space and the wave field is given by analytical Green's functions. For flat layered regions, fictitious sources emit as in an unbounded flat layered region and the wave field is given by Green's functions obtained from the Discrete Wave Number (DWN) method. The new implementation allows then reducing the length of the discretized boundaries but DWN Green's functions require much more computation time than the full space Green's functions. Several optimization steps are then implemented and commented. Validations are presented for 2D and 3D problems. Higher efficiency is achieved in 3D.

19. Dynamic interaction numerical models in the time domain based on the high performance scaled boundary finite element method

Li, Jianbo; Liu, Jun; Lin, Gao

2013-12-01

Consideration of structure-foundation-soil dynamic interaction is a basic requirement in the evaluation of the seismic safety of nuclear power facilities. An efficient and accurate dynamic interaction numerical model in the time domain has become an important topic of current research. In this study, the scaled boundary finite element method (SBFEM) is improved for use as an effective numerical approach with good application prospects. This method has several advantages, including dimensionality reduction, accuracy of the radial analytical solution, and unlike other boundary element methods, it does not require a fundamental solution. This study focuses on establishing a high performance scaled boundary finite element interaction analysis model in the time domain based on the acceleration unit-impulse response matrix, in which several new solution techniques, such as a dimensionless method to solve the interaction force, are applied to improve the numerical stability of the actual soil parameters and reduce the amount of calculation. Finally, the feasibility of the time domain methods are illustrated by the response of the nuclear power structure and the accuracy of the algorithms are dynamically verified by comparison with the refinement of a large-scale viscoelastic soil model.

20. Interaction of Linear Waves with Infinitely Long Horizontal Cylinders Studied by Boundary Element Method

FENG Bo; ZHENG Yong-hong; YOU Ya-ge; HE Zai-ming

2007-01-01

The two-dimensional problems concerning the interaction of linear water waves with cylinders of arbitrary shape in two-layer deep water are investigated by use of the Boundary Integral Equation Method (BIEM). Simpler new expressions for the Green functions are derived, and verified by comparison of results obtained by BIEM with those by an analytical method. Examined are the radiation and scattering of linear waves by two typical configurations of cylinders in two-layer deep water. Hydrodynamic behaviors including hydrodynamic coefficients, wave forces, reflection and transmission coefficients and energies are analyzed in detail, and some interesting physical phenomena are observed.

1. Computation of the transient flow in zoned anisotropic porous media by the boundary element method

Bruch, E.; Grilli, S.

Results on the application of the BEM to transient two-dimensional flows in zoned anisotropic porous media are presented, including the iterative calculation of the free surface seepage position. The classical BEM equations are discretized by linear, quadratic, or cubic elements, employing special singular numerical quadrature rules. The method is improved by the incorporation of a subregion division. The present technique is shown to be very accurate and to avoid previously encountered oscillation problems.

2. Numerical solutions of two moving boundary problems by both finite difference and finite element methods with applications

Hassanein, A.M.

1987-01-01

The time dependent heat conduction equation that is solved in different coordinate systems is solved subject to various boundary conditions. Boundary conditions include surface heat flux, energy to vaporization of target materials, radiation from surface to surrounding, and possible phase change of material. This system of equations is subject to two moving boundaries. One moving boundary being the melt-solid interface because the surface heat flux may result in melting the surface of the exposed material. Another moving boundary is the receding surface as a result of evaporation of the wall material due to the continuous heating of the melted surface. Finite difference and the finite element methods are used and compared in such solution to these problems. Physical applications to these problems include high energy deposition from electron or ion beams interaction with materials for space and weapons applications, plasma disruption and energy dump on the walls or components of a fusion reactor, and high energy laser welding and annealing of materials. 23 refs., 3 figs.

3. Transient fluid-structure interaction of elongated bodies by finite-element method using elliptical and spheroidal absorbing boundaries

Bhattacharyya, S. K.; Premkumar, R.

2003-12-01

In a domain method of solution of exterior scalar wave equation, the radiation condition needs to be imposed on a truncation boundary of the modeling domain. The Bayliss, Gunzberger, and Turkel (BGT) boundary dampers, which require a circular cylindrical and spherical truncation boundaries in two-(2D) and three-(3D)-dimensional problems, respectively, have been particularly successful in the analysis of scattering and radiation problems. However, for an elongated body, elliptical (2D) or spheroidal (3D) truncation boundaries have potential to reduce the size of modeling domain and hence computational effort. For harmonic problems, such extensions of the first- and second-order BGT dampers are available in the literature. In this paper, BGT dampers in both elliptical and spheroidal coordinate systems have been developed for transient problems involving acoustic radiation as well as fluid-structure interaction and implemented in the context of finite-element method based upon unsymmetric pressure-displacement formulation. Applications to elongated radiators and shells are reported using several numerical examples with excellent comparisons. It is demonstrated that significant computational economy can be achieved for elongated bodies with the use of these dampers.

4. Parallelization of the hierarchical domain decomposition boundary element method applied to multiregion problem of neutron diffusion equations

A hierarchical domain decomposition boundary element method (HDD-BEM) for solving the multiregion neutron diffusion equation (NDE) has been parallelized for parallel computers. The parallelization can be fully applied to the two levels of hierarchical calculations of HDD-BEM. (1) At the lower level, the Helmholtz type mode equations derived from NDEs in decomposed homogeneous regions can be solved by BEM independently and simultaneously for each region and each mode by assuming the multiplication factor and boundary conditions at interfaces between regions. (2) At the higher level, the multiplication factor and boundary conditions assumed at interfaces can be modified independently for different interfaces, using two iterative methods: the block Jacobi method and Newton's method. The parallel computations were implemented on a distributed memory and message passing parallel computer. The relationship between computational performance and the settings of various parameters was investigated to obtain guidelines for high-speed multiprocessing. High-speed performance of the multiprocessing was accomplished by utilizing a remote direct memory access facility to minimize communication overhead caused by message passing between processors. The parallelization is further advantageous in decreasing the number of necessary calculations and memory storage requirements. This decreases computations times drastically even when using serial computers to shorter than the finite difference method. (author)

5. Scattered-field time domain boundary element method and its application to transient electromagnetic field simulation in particle accelerator physics

Authors have been working in particle accelerator wake field analysis by using the Time Domain Boundary Element Method (TDBEM). A stable TDBEM scheme was presented and good agreements with conventional wake field analysis of the FDTD method were obtained. On the other hand, the TDBEM scheme still contains difficulty of initial value setting on interior region problems for infinitely long accelerator beam pipe. To avoid this initial value setting, we adopted a numerical model of beam pipes with finite length and wall thickness on open scattering problems. But the use of such finite beam pipe models causes another problem of unwanted scattering fields at the beam pipe edge, and leads to the involvement of interior resonant solutions. This paper presents a modified TDBEM scheme, Scattered-field Time Domain Boundary Element Method (S-T-TDBEM) to treat the infinitely) to treat the infinitely long beam pipe on interior region problems. It is shown that the S-TDBEM is able to avoid the excitation of the edge scattering fields and the involvement of numerical instabilities caused by interior resonance, which occur in the conventional TDBEM. (author)

6. Research related to improved computer aided design software package. [comparative efficiency of finite, boundary, and hybrid element methods in elastostatics

Walston, W. H., Jr.

1986-01-01

The comparative computational efficiencies of the finite element (FEM), boundary element (BEM), and hybrid boundary element-finite element (HVFEM) analysis techniques are evaluated for representative bounded domain interior and unbounded domain exterior problems in elastostatics. Computational efficiency is carefully defined in this study as the computer time required to attain a specified level of solution accuracy. The study found the FEM superior to the BEM for the interior problem, while the reverse was true for the exterior problem. The hybrid analysis technique was found to be comparable or superior to both the FEM and BEM for both the interior and exterior problems.

7. Practical application of inverse boundary element method to sound field studies of tyres

Schuhmacher, Andreas

1999-01-01

done. Emphasis is put on the regularisation process and how to choose an appropriate regularisation parameter in conjunction with the Tikhonov regularisation. This choice is of vital importance when solving a discrete ill-posed problem and a useful solution is sought. Another aspect of the...... reconstruction process is to feed our model of the problem with as much a priori knowledge as possible, e.g. in the sense of known velocity data on some surfaces. In the modelling of the tyre this can be done by imposing a boundary condition to the nodes belonging to the rim structure, where the normal surface...

8. Ensemble averaged surface normal impedance of material using an in-situ technique: preliminary study using boundary element method.

Otsuru, Toru; Tomiku, Reiji; Din, Nazli Bin Che; Okamoto, Noriko; Murakami, Masahiko

2009-06-01

An in-situ measurement technique of a material surface normal impedance is proposed. It includes a concept of "ensemble averaged" surface normal impedance that extends the usage of obtained values to various applications such as architectural acoustics and computational simulations, especially those based on the wave theory. The measurement technique itself is a refinement of a method using a two-microphone technique and environmental anonymous noise, or diffused ambient noise, as proposed by Takahashi et al. [Appl. Acoust. 66, 845-865 (2005)]. Measured impedance can be regarded as time-space averaged normal impedance at the material surface. As a preliminary study using numerical simulations based on the boundary element method, normal incidence and random incidence measurements are compared numerically: results clarify that ensemble averaging is an effective mode of measuring sound absorption characteristics of materials with practical sizes in the lower frequency range of 100-1000 Hz, as confirmed by practical measurements. PMID:19507960

9. Interface and permittivity simultaneous reconstruction in electrical capacitance tomography based on boundary and finite-elements coupling method.

Ren, Shangjie; Dong, Feng

2016-06-28

Electrical capacitance tomography (ECT) is a non-destructive detection technique for imaging the permittivity distributions inside an observed domain from the capacitances measurements on its boundary. Owing to its advantages of non-contact, non-radiation, high speed and low cost, ECT is promising in the measurements of many industrial or biological processes. However, in the practical industrial or biological systems, a deposit is normally seen in the inner wall of its pipe or vessel. As the actual region of interest (ROI) of ECT is surrounded by the deposit layer, the capacitance measurements become weakly sensitive to the permittivity perturbation occurring at the ROI. When there is a major permittivity difference between the deposit and the ROI, this kind of shielding effect is significant, and the permittivity reconstruction becomes challenging. To deal with the issue, an interface and permittivity simultaneous reconstruction approach is proposed. Both the permittivity at the ROI and the geometry of the deposit layer are recovered using the block coordinate descent method. The boundary and finite-elements coupling method is employed to improve the computational efficiency. The performance of the proposed method is evaluated with the simulation tests. This article is part of the themed issue 'Supersensing through industrial process tomography'. PMID:27185960

10. Dynamic analysis of liquid storage tank including hydrodynamic interaction by boundary element method

Dynamic response of liquid storage tanks considering the hydrodynamic interactions due to earthquake ground motion has been extensively studied. Several finite element procedures, such as Balendra et. al. (1982) and Haroun (1983), have been devoted to investigate the dynamic interaction between the deformable wall of the tank and the liquid. Further, if the geometry of the storage tank can not be described by axi-symmetric case, the tank wall and the fluid domain must be discretized by three dimensional finite elements to investigate the fluid-structure-interactions. Thus, the need of large computer memory and expense of vast computer time usually make this analysis impractical. To demonstrate the accuracy and reliability of the solution technique developed herein, the dynamic behavior of ground-supported, deformed, cylindrical tank with incompressible fluid conducted by Haroun (1983) are analyzed. Good correlations of hydrodynamic pressure distribution between the computed results with the referenced solutions are noted. The fluid compressibility significantly affects the hydrodynamic pressures of the liquid-tank-interactions and the work which is done on this discussion is still little attention. Thus, the influences of the compressibility of the liquid on the reponse of the liquid storage due to ground motion are then drawn. By the way, the complex-valued frequency response functions for hydrodynamic forces of Haroun's problem are also displayed. (orig./GL)

11. A new magneto-cardiogram study using a vector model with a virtual heart and the boundary element method

A cardiac vector model is presented and verified, and then the forward problem for cardiac magnetic fields and electric potential are discussed based on this model and the realistic human torso volume conductor model, including lungs. A torso—cardiac vector model is used for a 12-lead electrocardiographic (ECG) and magneto-cardiogram (MCG) simulation study by using the boundary element method (BEM). Also, we obtain the MCG wave picture using a compound four-channel HTc·SQUID system in a magnetically shielded room. By comparing the simulated results and experimental results, we verify the cardiac vector model and then do a preliminary study of the forward problem of MCG and ECG. Therefore, the results show that the vector model is reasonable in cardiac electrophysiology. (general)

12. A new magneto-cardiogram study using a vector model with a virtual heart and the boundary element method

Zhang, Chen; Shou, Guo-Fa; Lu, Hong; Hua, Ning; Tang, Xue-Zheng; Xia, Ling; Ma, Ping; Tang, Fa-Kuan

2013-09-01

A cardiac vector model is presented and verified, and then the forward problem for cardiac magnetic fields and electric potential are discussed based on this model and the realistic human torso volume conductor model, including lungs. A torso—cardiac vector model is used for a 12-lead electrocardiographic (ECG) and magneto-cardiogram (MCG) simulation study by using the boundary element method (BEM). Also, we obtain the MCG wave picture using a compound four-channel HTc·SQUID system in a magnetically shielded room. By comparing the simulated results and experimental results, we verify the cardiac vector model and then do a preliminary study of the forward problem of MCG and ECG. Therefore, the results show that the vector model is reasonable in cardiac electrophysiology.

13. An application of boundary element method calculations to hearing aid systems: The influence of the human head

Rasmussen, Karsten B.; Juhl, Peter

2001-05-01

Boundary element method (BEM) calculations are used for the purpose of predicting the acoustic influence of the human head in two cases. In the first case the sound source is the mouth and in the second case the sound is plane waves arriving from different directions in the horizontal plane. In both cases the sound field is studied in relation to two positions above the right ear being representative of hearing aid microphone positions. Both cases are relevant for hearing aid development. The calculations are based upon a direct BEM implementation in Matlab. The meshing is based on the original geometrical data files describing the B&K Head and Torso Simulator 4128 combined with a 3D scan of the pinna.

14. Efficient parallel iterative solvers for the solution of large dense linear systems arising from the boundary element method in electromagnetism

The boundary element method has become a popular tool for the solution of Maxwell's equations in electromagnetism. It discretizes only the surface of the radiating object and gives rise to linear systems that are smaller in size compared to those arising from finite element or finite difference discretizations. However, these systems are prohibitively demanding in terms of memory for direct methods and challenging to solve by iterative methods. In this paper we address the iterative solution via preconditioned Krylov methods of electromagnetic scattering problems expressed in an integral formulation, with main focus on the design of the pre-conditioner. We consider an approximate inverse method based on the Frobenius-norm minimization with a pattern prescribed in advance. The pre-conditioner is constructed from a sparse approximation of the dense coefficient matrix, and the patterns both for the pre-conditioner and for the coefficient matrix are computed a priori using geometric information from the mesh. We describe the implementation of the approximate inverse in an out-of-core parallel code that uses multipole techniques for the matrix-vector products, and show results on the numerical scalability of our method on systems of size up to one million unknowns. We propose an embedded iterative scheme based on the GMRES method and combined with multipole techniques, aimed at improving the robustness of the approximate inverse for large problems. We prove by numerical experiments that the proposed scheme enables the solution of very large and difficult problems efficiently at reduced computational and memory cost. Finally we perform a preliminary study on a spectral two-level pre-conditioner to enhance the robustness of our method. This numerical technique exploits spectral information of the preconditioned systems to build a low rank-update of the pre-conditioner. (authors)

15. Complex variable boundary elements for fluid flow

The Complex Variable Boundary Element Method is a numerical method for solving two-dimensional problems of Laplace or Poisson type. It is based on the theory of analytic functions. This paper resumes the basic facts about the method. Application of the method to the stationary incompressible irrotational flow is carried out after that. At the end, a sample problem of flow through an abrupt area change channel is shown. (author)

16. A Hybrid Finite Element-Fourier Spectral Method for Vibration Analysis of Structures with Elastic Boundary Conditions

Wan-You Li

2014-01-01

Full Text Available A novel hybrid method, which simultaneously possesses the efficiency of Fourier spectral method (FSM and the applicability of the finite element method (FEM, is presented for the vibration analysis of structures with elastic boundary conditions. The FSM, as one type of analytical approaches with excellent convergence and accuracy, is mainly limited to problems with relatively regular geometry. The purpose of the current study is to extend the FSM to problems with irregular geometry via the FEM and attempt to take full advantage of the FSM and the conventional FEM for structural vibration problems. The computational domain of general shape is divided into several subdomains firstly, some of which are represented by the FSM while the rest by the FEM. Then, fictitious springs are introduced for connecting these subdomains. Sufficient details are given to describe the development of such a hybrid method. Numerical examples of a one-dimensional Euler-Bernoulli beam and a two-dimensional rectangular plate show that the present method has good accuracy and efficiency. Further, one irregular-shaped plate which consists of one rectangular plate and one semi-circular plate also demonstrates the capability of the present method applied to irregular structures.

17. Multiscale modeling of three dimensional discrete dislocation dynamics and boundary element method and its application to nanoindentation problem

In the nano-plastic deformation, material properties such as yield stress cannot be described by the average rate of whole dislocation behavior, and it becomes increasingly necessary to trace individual motion of dislocations. The relationship between indent load-displacement in nanoindentation test is the typical example of recognizable nano-plasticity. Molecular dynamics (MD) is one of the most effective methodologies to obtain dislocation motion directly. However, MD simulation depends on the computer power so strongly that it is difficult to treat mesoscopic behavior including collective dislocation motion. On the other hand, discrete dislocation mechanics (DD) based on dislocation theory has a unique ability to treat dislocation motion, although boundary value problem in the DD framework would pose considerable difficulties. In the present paper, we construct a combined approach including both DD and the boundary element method (BEM), and succeed in representing the stress field of dislocation in the vicinity of traction free surface. Finally, we apply this model to the nanoindentation problem and found the relationship between displacement burst and collective dislocation motion. (author)

18. Implementation of a boundary element method to solve for the near field effects of an array of WECs

Oskamp, J. A.; Ozkan-Haller, H. T.

2010-12-01

When Wave Energy Converters (WECs) are installed, they affect the shoreline wave climate by removing some of the wave energy which would have reached the shore. Before large WEC projects are launched, it is important to understand the potential coastal impacts of these installations. The high cost associated with ocean scale testing invites the use of hydrodynamic models to play a major role in estimating these effects. In this study, a wave structure interaction program (WAMIT) is used to model an array of WECs. The program predicts the wave field throughout the array using a boundary element method to solve the potential flow fluid problem, taking into account the incident waves, the power dissipated, and the way each WEC moves and interacts with the others. This model is appropriate for a small domain near the WEC array in order to resolve the details in the interactions, but not extending to the coastline (where the far-field effects must be assessed). To propagate these effects to the coastline, the waves leaving this small domain will be used as boundary conditions for a larger model domain which will assess the shoreline effects caused by the array. The immediate work is concerned with setting up the WAMIT model for a small array of point absorbers. A 1:33 scale lab test is planned and will provide data to validate the WAMIT model on this small domain before it is nested with the larger domain to estimate shoreline effects.

19. Simplified Boundary Element Method for Kinematic Response of Single Piles in Two-Layer Soil

Fayun Liang; Haibing Chen; Wei Dong Guo

2013-01-01

A simple approach is formulated to predict the elastic, kinematic pile bending during harmonic or transient excitation for a circular pile (rather than a simplified thin strip). The kinematic response of a pile embedded in two-layer soil is resolved in the frequency domain caused by the upward propagation of shear waves from the underlying bedrock. The simplified approach is generally valid to nonhomogeneous soil profiles, in light of the good comparison with the dynamic FE method and BDWF so...

20. Numerical Calculation of Marine Propeller Hydrodynamic Characteristics in Unsteady Flow by Boundary Element Method

2001-01-01

In this paper,a low-order potential based on surface panel method is used for the analysis of marine propellers in unsteady flow.A linear propeller wake model is employed and its geometry is assumed to be independent of the time.The calculation in time domain is carried out from a moment when the rotation of the propeller becomes steady instead of from the moment when the rotation starts from stationary condition.At every time step a linear algebraic equation established on a key blade is solved numerically combined with the Kutta pressure condition.The calculated results by developed code indicate good convergency and effectiveness of present algorithm for conventional propellers and highly skewed propellers.

1. Simulation of irreversible damage accumulation in the very high cycle fatigue (VHCF) regime using the boundary element method

Hilgendorff, P.-M., E-mail: philipp.hilgendorff@uni-siegen.de [Institut für Mechanik und Regelungstechnik—Mechatronik, Universität Siegen, Siegen 57068 (Germany); Grigorescu, A. [Institut für Werkstofftechnik, Universität Siegen, Siegen 57068 (Germany); Zimmermann, M. [Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaft, Technische Universität Dresden, 01062 Dresden (Germany); Fritzen, C.-P. [Institut für Mechanik und Regelungstechnik—Mechatronik, Universität Siegen, Siegen 57068 (Germany); Christ, H.-J. [Institut für Werkstofftechnik, Universität Siegen, Siegen 57068 (Germany)

2013-07-15

Many components have to withstand a very high number of loading cycles due to high frequency or long product life. In this regime, the period of fatigue crack initiation and thus the localization of plastic deformation play an important role. Metastable austenitic stainless steel (AISI304) that is investigated in this study shows localization of plastic deformation in bands of intense slip. In order to provide a physically-based understanding of the relevant damage mechanisms under VHCF condition, simulation of irreversible damage accumulation in slip bands is performed. For this purpose, a microstructural simulation model is proposed which accounts for the damage mechanisms in slip bands documented by experimental results. The model describes the damage accumulation through formation of slip bands, sliding and multiplication of dislocations and the amount of irreversibility of such mechanisms in case of VHCF relevant loading conditions. The implementation of the simulation model into a numerical method allows the investigation of the damage accumulation in a real microstructure simulated on the basis of metallographic analysis. The numerical method used in this study is the two-dimensional (2-D) boundary element method which is based on two integral equations: the displacement and the stress boundary integral equation. Fundamental solutions within these integral equations represent anisotropic elastic behavior. By using this method, a 2-D microstructure can be reproduced that considers orientations as well as individual anisotropic elastic properties in each grain. Contours of shear stresses along most critical slip systems are compared with images of slip band formation at the surface of fatigued specimens provided by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results show that simulation of slip bands is in good agreement with experimental observations and that plastic deformation in slip bands has a high impact on shear stresses at grain boundaries acting as possible

2. Simulation of irreversible damage accumulation in the very high cycle fatigue (VHCF) regime using the boundary element method

Many components have to withstand a very high number of loading cycles due to high frequency or long product life. In this regime, the period of fatigue crack initiation and thus the localization of plastic deformation play an important role. Metastable austenitic stainless steel (AISI304) that is investigated in this study shows localization of plastic deformation in bands of intense slip. In order to provide a physically-based understanding of the relevant damage mechanisms under VHCF condition, simulation of irreversible damage accumulation in slip bands is performed. For this purpose, a microstructural simulation model is proposed which accounts for the damage mechanisms in slip bands documented by experimental results. The model describes the damage accumulation through formation of slip bands, sliding and multiplication of dislocations and the amount of irreversibility of such mechanisms in case of VHCF relevant loading conditions. The implementation of the simulation model into a numerical method allows the investigation of the damage accumulation in a real microstructure simulated on the basis of metallographic analysis. The numerical method used in this study is the two-dimensional (2-D) boundary element method which is based on two integral equations: the displacement and the stress boundary integral equation. Fundamental solutions within these integral equations represent anisotropic elastic behavior. By using this method, a 2-D microstructure can be reproduced that considers orientations as well as individual anisotropic elastic properties in each grain. Contours of shear stresses along most critical slip systems are compared with images of slip band formation at the surface of fatigued specimens provided by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results show that simulation of slip bands is in good agreement with experimental observations and that plastic deformation in slip bands has a high impact on shear stresses at grain boundaries acting as possible

3. A coupling procedure for modeling acoustic problems using finite elements and boundary elements

Coyette, J.; Vanderborck, G.; Steichen, W.

1994-01-01

Finite element (FEM) and boundary element (BEM) methods have been used for a long time for the numerical simulation of acoustic problems. The development presented in this paper deals with a general procedure for coupling acoustic finite elements with acoustic boundary elements in order to solve efficiently acoustic problems involving non homogeneous fluids. Emphasis is made on problems where finite elements are used for a confined (bounded) fluid while boundary elements are selected for an e...

4. 3D modeling of the total electric field induced by transcranial magnetic stimulation using the boundary element method

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) delivers highly localized brain stimulations via non-invasive externally applied magnetic fields. This non-invasive, painless technique provides researchers and clinicians with a unique tool capable of stimulating both the central and peripheral nervous systems. However, a complete analysis of the macroscopic electric fields produced by TMS has not yet been performed. In this paper, we addressed the importance of the secondary E-field created by surface charge accumulation during TMS using the boundary element method (BEM). 3D models were developed using simple head geometries in order to test the model and compare it with measured values. The effects of tissue geometry, size and conductivity were also investigated. Finally, a realistically shaped head model was used to assess the effect of multiple surfaces on the total E-field. Secondary E-fields have the greatest impact at areas in close proximity to each tissue layer. Throughout the head, the secondary E-field magnitudes typically range from 20% to 35% of the primary E-field's magnitude. The direction of the secondary E-field was generally in opposition to the primary E-field; however, for some locations, this was not the case (i.e. going from high to low conductivity tissues). These findings show that realistically shaped head geometries are important for accurate modeling of the total E-field.

5. A hybrid approach for simulating fluid loading effects on structures using experimental modal analysis and the boundary element method.

Shepherd, Micah R; Fahnline, John B; Dare, Tyler P; Hambric, Stephen A; Campbell, Robert L

2015-11-01

Many structural acoustics problems involve a vibrating structure in a heavy fluid. However, obtaining fluid-loaded natural frequencies and damping experimentally can be difficult and expensive. This paper presents a hybrid experimental-numerical approach to determine the heavy-fluid-loaded resonance frequencies and damping of a structure from in-air measurements. The approach combines in-air experimentally obtained mode shapes with simulated in-water acoustic resistance and reactance matrices computed using boundary element (BE) analysis. The procedure relies on accurate estimates of the mass-normalized, in vacuo mode shapes using singular value decomposition and rational fraction polynomial fitting, which are then used as basis modes for the in-water BE analysis. The method is validated on a 4.445 cm (1.75 in.) thick nickel-aluminum-bronze rectangular plate by comparing natural frequencies and damping obtained using the hybrid approach to equivalent data obtained from actual in-water measurements. Good agreement is shown for the fluid-loaded natural frequencies and one-third octave loss factors. Finally, the limitations of the hybrid approach are examined. PMID:26627781

6. Experiments on the solution of the Helmholtz equation using the finite element method and a variational approach in the case of domains of complicated boundary shape

Laura, P. A. A.; Grossi, R. O.; Ficcadenti, G. M.; Sanchez Sarmiento, G.

1981-02-01

The study deals with the determination of the natural frequencies of vibration of a cardioidal membrane using (1) the conformal mapping variational approach and (2) a finite element algorithm based on a standard triangular element discretization of the domain with linear interpolation of the modal function. Calculations are performed on the domains of 'exotic' boundary shape which are of interest in several technological applications: acoustic and electromagnetic waveguides, solid propellant rocket cross-sections, printed circuit boards, etc. It is shown that the finite element method yields results which are in very good agreement with values determined by means of an analytical approach for the case of a membrane of a cardioidal shape.

7. 无单元Galerkin方法中周期边界条件的处理%Imposing Periodic Boundary Conditions in Element Free Galerkin Methods

王晓东; 欧阳洁; 苏进

2011-01-01

本文研究了无单元Galerkin方法中周期边界条件的处理技术,将Lagrange乘子法用于周期边界条件的处理.数值计算结果表明,该方法具有较高的计算精度.另外,它与无单元Galerkin方法中本质边界条件处理的Lagrange乘子法具有统一性,对于周期、本质混合型边界条件的处理尤为方便.%In this paper, the Lagrange multiplier method has been used to impose periodic boundary conditions in the element free Galerkin method. Numerical results indicate that the method maintains the high accuracy property of the element free Galerkin method in periodic problems. In addition,based on the similarity between the method used in this paper for periodic boundary conditions and the Lagrange multiplier method for essential boundary conditions, it is convenient to impose periodicessential mixed boundary conditions.

8. Model Potensial Elektro-kinetik Dalam Media Berpori Dengan Metode Elemen Batas Potential Electro-kinetic Model in Porous Medium Using Boundary Element Method

2012-01-01

Electro-kinetic potential distribution model in porous medium is studied by using the boundary element method (BEM). The model generated by the potential of fluid flow in porous medium is generally known as electro-kinetic potential or streaming potential. This distribution model of electro kinetic potential is constructed using the Laplace???s as equation of seepage water. The model is doing to provide a better understand the distribution electro kinetic potential in two dimensional porous m...

9. SSI 2D/3D soil structure interaction: A program system for the calculation of structure-soil interactions using the boundary element method. Project C1

SSI 2D/3D is a computer programm to calculate dynamic stiffness matrices for soil-structure-interaction problems in frequency domain. It is applicable to two- or three-dimensional situations. The present report is a detailed manual for the use of the computer code written in FORTRAN 77. In addition it gives a survey of the possibilities of the Boundary Element Method applied to dynamic problems in infinite domains. (orig.)

10. Consideration on the applicability of the boundary element method to groundwater flow analysis for geological disposal of nuclear waste

Wide-area groundwater flow analysis for the geological disposal of nuclear waste is conducted in areas 10 to 100 km square at a depth of several kilometers. In Japan with complex topography and geological environment, numerical analyses by segmentation based on the region including FE analysis as a typical example involve difficulty in modeling. This study therefore aims at improving simplicity and preciseness of modeling using BEM through segmentation based on the boundary. Test analyses are conducted to organize data on precision and the characteristics of modeling. Then, this paper describes that the proposed method is fully applicable. (author)

11. Incorporation of exact boundary conditions into a discontinuous galerkin finite element method for accurately solving 2d time-dependent maxwell equations

Sirenko, Kostyantyn

2013-01-01

A scheme that discretizes exact absorbing boundary conditions (EACs) to incorporate them into a time-domain discontinuous Galerkin finite element method (TD-DG-FEM) is described. The proposed TD-DG-FEM with EACs is used for accurately characterizing transient electromagnetic wave interactions on two-dimensional waveguides. Numerical results demonstrate the proposed method\\'s superiority over the TD-DG-FEM that employs approximate boundary conditions and perfectly matched layers. Additionally, it is shown that the proposed method can produce the solution with ten-eleven digit accuracy when high-order spatial basis functions are used to discretize the Maxwell equations as well as the EACs. © 1963-2012 IEEE.

12. Numerical Simulation Using Boundary Element Method of the Mechanism to Enhance Heat Transport by Solitary Wave on Falling Thin Liquid Films

Wen－QingLu

1993-01-01

A boundary element method has been developed for analysing heat transport phenomena in solitary wave on falling thin liquid films at high Reynolds numbers.The divergence theorem is applied to the non-linear convective volume integral of the boundary element formulation with the pressure penalty function.Consequently,velocity and temperature gradients are dliminated.and the complete formulation is written in terms of velocity and temperature,This provides considerable reduction is storage and computational requirements while improving accuracy.The non-linear equation systems of boundary element discretization are solved by the quasi-Nweton iterative scheme with Broyden's update.The streamline maps and the temperature distributions in solitary wave and wavy film flow have been obtained,and the variations of Nusselt numbers along the wall-liquid interface are also given.There are large cross-flow velocities and S-shape temperature distributions in the recirculating region of solitary wave.This special flow and thermal process can be a mechanism to enhance heat transport.

13. HEFF---A user's manual and guide for the HEFF code for thermal-mechanical analysis using the boundary-element method

The HEFF Code combines a simple boundary-element method of stress analysis with the closed form solutions for constant or exponentially decaying heat sources in an infinite elastic body to obtain an approximate method for analysis of underground excavations in a rock mass with heat generation. This manual describes the theoretical basis for the code, the code structure, model preparation, and step taken to assure that the code correctly performs its intended functions. The material contained within the report addresses the Software Quality Assurance Requirements for the Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project. 13 refs., 26 figs., 14 tabs

14. Stochastic Boundary Element Analysis of Concrete Gravity Dam

张明; 吴清高

2002-01-01

Stochastic boundary integral equations for analyzing large structures are obtained from the partial derivatives of basic random variables. A stochastic boundary element method based on the equations is developed to solve engineering problems of gravity dams using random factors including material parameters of the dam body and the foundation, the water level in the upper reaches, the anti-slide friction coefficient of the dam base, etc. A numerical example shows that the stochastic boundary element method presented in this paper to calculate the reliability index of large construction projects such as a large concrete gravity dam has the advantages of less input data and more precise computational results.

15. A Curved, Elastostatic Boundary Element for Plane Anisotropic Structures

Smeltzer, Stanley S.; Klang, Eric C.

2001-01-01

The plane-stress equations of linear elasticity are used in conjunction with those of the boundary element method to develop a novel curved, quadratic boundary element applicable to structures composed of anisotropic materials in a state of plane stress or plane strain. The curved boundary element is developed to solve two-dimensional, elastostatic problems of arbitrary shape, connectivity, and material type. As a result of the anisotropy, complex variables are employed in the fundamental solution derivations for a concentrated unit-magnitude force in an infinite elastic anisotropic medium. Once known, the fundamental solutions are evaluated numerically by using the known displacement and traction boundary values in an integral formulation with Gaussian quadrature. All the integral equations of the boundary element method are evaluated using one of two methods: either regular Gaussian quadrature or a combination of regular and logarithmic Gaussian quadrature. The regular Gaussian quadrature is used to evaluate most of the integrals along the boundary, and the combined scheme is employed for integrals that are singular. Individual element contributions are assembled into the global matrices of the standard boundary element method, manipulated to form a system of linear equations, and the resulting system is solved. The interior displacements and stresses are found through a separate set of auxiliary equations that are derived using an Airy-type stress function in terms of complex variables. The capabilities and accuracy of this method are demonstrated for a laminated-composite plate with a central, elliptical cutout that is subjected to uniform tension along one of the straight edges of the plate. Comparison of the boundary element results for this problem with corresponding results from an analytical model show a difference of less than 1%.

16. Using reciprocity in Boundary Element Calculations

Juhl, Peter Møller; Cutanda Henriquez, Vicente

2010-01-01

reciprocal radiation problem. The present paper concerns the situation of having a point source (which is reciprocal to a point receiver) at or near a discretized boundary element surface. The accuracy of the original and the reciprocal problem is compared in a test case for which an analytical solution......The concept of reciprocity is widely used in both theoretical and experimental work. In Boundary Element calculations reciprocity is sometimes employed in the solution of computationally expensive scattering problems, which sometimes can be more efficiently dealt with when formulated as the...

17. A numerical study of the second-order wave excitation of ship springing by a higher-order boundary element method

Shao Yan-Lin

2014-12-01

Full Text Available This paper presents some of the efforts by the authors towards numerical prediction of springing of ships. A time-domain Higher Order Boundary Element Method (HOBEM based on cubic shape function is first presented to solve a complete second-order problem in terms of wave steepness and ship motions in a consistent manner. In order to avoid high order derivatives on the body surfaces, e.g. mj-terms, a new formulation of the Boundary Value Problem in a body-fixed coordinate system has been proposed instead of traditional formulation in inertial coordinate system. The local steady flow effects on the unsteady waves are taken into account. Double-body flow is used as the basis flow which is an appropriate approximation for ships with moderate forward speed. This numerical model was used to estimate the complete second order wave excitation of springing of a displacement ship at constant forward speeds.

18. Application of dual reciprocity boundary element method for prediction of acoustic characteristics of ducts and silencers with three-dimensional potential flow

WANG Xueren; JI Zhenlin

2008-01-01

The Dual Reciprocity Boundary Element Method(DRBEM)is applied to predict the acoustic characteristics of ducts and silencers with three-dimensional potential flow,and the basic principle and numerical procedure of the proposed method are introduced.Compared to the Conventional Boundary Element Method (CBEM),the DRBEM takes into account the second order terms of flow Mach number in the acoustic governing equation,which is suitable for the situations with higher Mach number subsonic flow.The four-pole parameters of a duct and a varying cross-sectional area expansion chamber are predicted with the DRBEM,and the predictions are compared with the one-dimensional analytical solutions and the CBEM results.The comparisons demonstrated that the present method is valid.Transmission loss of silencers with difierent structures was also calculated with the DRBEM.The results showed that the influence of the three-dimensional flow on the acoustic characteristics of silencers with complex structures is not negligible.

19. Finite Element/Boundary Element Simulation of 3 D Rail Gun with Coupling Method Based on Symmetry Condition%对称边界条件下轨道炮有限元／边界元仿真

林志朋; 刘振祥; 杨栋; 欧阳建明; 杨丽佳

2016-01-01

基于deal．ii编写了电磁轨道炮有限元仿真程序，建立了拉格朗日运动坐标下电磁轨道炮的有限元仿真模型；通过使用有限元边界元耦合方法可以对电磁轨道炮的边界条件进行计算，而无需对轨道炮周边的空气划分网格，是一种处理电磁场边界问题的有效方法；但是，由于边界元方法，使用的是满秩矩阵，在三维情况下计算量大，利用轨道炮的对称性，使用对称边界条件，减少了参与计算的网格数目，从而减少计算量。%This article created finite element program and model for rail launch based on deal.ii in La-grange coordinate frame.By using coupling finite element/boundary element coupling method,we can cal-culate boundary condition without air grid surround rail gun.It is a valid method to handle boundary prob-lems of electromagnetic without the perimeter of the rail gun air mesh.But for boundary element method u-sing full matrix which will cost a lot of calculation in 3D situation,we would better using symmetry condi-tions for rail gun to reduce the grid number and calculation.

20. Boundary element analysis of nonlinear transient heat conduction problems

In this paper, the theory of the BEM applied to transient heat-conduction problems is reviewed. New time marching schemes which are based upon full boundary integrals without excessive use of large matrices, are introduced. An algorithm for dealing with the nonlinear boundary condition of radiation is described. An accuracy measure which deals with the singularities in fundamental solution parameters is discussed. A number of case studies with different geometrical shapes and different loading and boundary conditions were analyzed using the developed techniques, and the results were compared with corresponding analytical solutions and/or finite element results. It is clear that the developed boundary element procedure is more accurate and efficient than the finite element method for the analysis of such problems. (author)

1. Subregions approach to boundary element neutron diffusion calculations

Full text: The boundary element method (BEM) is a relatively new numerical method for the numerical solution of partial differential equations (PDE). BEM is based on the idea of converting the governing PDE with constant coefficients for a homogeneous region to a boundary integral equation (BIE) which contains unknowns only on the boundary of that region. A boundary element mesh is introduced over the boundary of the homogeneous region and the solution function and its normal derivative is assumed to have a polynomial dependence (constant, linear, quadratic...) over each boundary element. When the BIE is required to be satisfied at each node of the boundary element mesh, a linear system of dimension equal to the number of nodes on the boundary element mesh is obtained; but the number of unknowns is twice the number of equations since the nodal value of both the solution function and its normal derivative appear as unknowns. If the system consists of just one homogeneous region, half of the unknowns are eliminated by boundary conditions and the number of unknowns becomes equal to the number of equations and the linear system can be uniquely solved. When the system consists of more than one homogeneous region, the equations belonging to each region are assembled and the number of unknowns and equations are made equal by application of the continuity of the solution function and its normal derivative. In this work, we investigated a novel approach: a system consisting of one homogeneous region is divided into subregions and each subregion is treated as if it were a separate homogeneous region. This approach naturally increases the dimension of the resulting linear system, but its effect on the accuracy of the solution is a question that requires investigation. We used this subregions approach in the constant BEM solution of the 2-D neutron diffusion equation and investigated its effect on accuracy in terms of the multiplication eigenvalue and flux distribution by

2. A study of the speed and the accuracy of the Boundary Element Method as applied to the computational simulation of biological organs

P, Kirana Kumara

2013-01-01

In this work, first a Fortran code is developed for three dimensional linear elastostatics using constant boundary elements; the code is based on a MATLAB code developed by the author earlier. Next, the code is parallelized using BLACS, MPI, and ScaLAPACK. Later, the parallelized code is used to demonstrate the usefulness of the Boundary Element Method (BEM) as applied to the realtime computational simulation of biological organs, while focusing on the speed and accuracy offered by BEM. A computer cluster is used in this part of the work. The commercial software package ANSYS is used to obtain the exact' solution against which the solution from BEM is compared; analytical solutions, wherever available, are also used to establish the accuracy of BEM. A pig liver is the biological organ considered. Next, instead of the computer cluster, a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) is used as the parallel hardware. Results indicate that BEM is an interesting choice for the simulation of biological organs. Although the use ...

3. 9th International Conference on Boundary Elements

Wendland, W; Kuhn, G

1987-01-01

This book contains the edited versions of most of the papers presented at the 9th International Conference on Boundary Elements held at the University of Stuttgart, Germany from August 31st to September 4th, 1987, which was organized in co-operation with the Computational Mechanics Institute and GAMM (Society for Applied Mathematics and Mechanics). This Conference, as the previous ones, aimed to review the latest developments in technique and theory and point out new advanced future trends. The emphasis of the meeting was on the engineering advances versus mathematical formulations, in an effort to consolidate the basis of many new applications. Recently engineers have proposed different techniques to solve non-linear and time dependent problems and many of these formulations needed a better mathematical understanding. Furthermore, new approximate formulations have been proposed for boundary elements which appeared to work in engineering practice, but did not have a proper theoretical background. The Conferen...

4. Parallel computation using boundary elements in solid mechanics

Chien, L. S.; Sun, C. T.

1990-01-01

The inherent parallelism of the boundary element method is shown. The boundary element is formulated by assuming the linear variation of displacements and tractions within a line element. Moreover, MACSYMA symbolic program is employed to obtain the analytical results for influence coefficients. Three computational components are parallelized in this method to show the speedup and efficiency in computation. The global coefficient matrix is first formed concurrently. Then, the parallel Gaussian elimination solution scheme is applied to solve the resulting system of equations. Finally, and more importantly, the domain solutions of a given boundary value problem are calculated simultaneously. The linear speedups and high efficiencies are shown for solving a demonstrated problem on Sequent Symmetry S81 parallel computing system.

5. The coupling of boundary elements and finite elements for nondestructive testing applications

Fetzer, J.; Kurz, S.; Lehner, G. [Univ. Stuttgart (Germany). Inst. fuer Theorie der Elektrotechnik

1997-01-01

In this paper, the coupling of finite elements and boundary elements, referred to as BEM-FEM coupling, is used to numerically treat a nondestructive testing (NDT) problem based on eddy currents. BEM-FEM coupling is especially well suited for NDT problems because it greatly reduces the discretization effort. A general formulation for such problems involving FEM and BEM is given. The coupling of both methods is achieved using the boundary conditions on the common boundaries between FEM and BEM domains. Only the conducting parts and the exciting coil are discretized by finite elements. The surrounding air space is taken into account by boundary elements. As an example, problem No. 8 (coil above a crack) of the TEAM workshop (Testing Electromagnetic Analysis Methods) is considered.

6. Material equations for rock salt under mechanical and thermal load including treatment of boundary value problems by the finite element method

Olschewski, J.; Stein, E.; Wagner, W.; Wetjen, D.

1981-01-01

This paper is a first step in the development of thermodynamically consistent material equations for inelastic materials, such as polycrystalline rock salt. In this context it is of particular importance to reduce the number and the structure of the internal variables, in order to allow for a fit with available experimental data. As an example this is demonstrated in detail in the case of the so-called dislocation model. As physical non-linearities and in addition also geometrical non-linearities lead to an inhomogeneous deformation - and stress state even in the case of simple samples, boundary value problems have to be studied, in order to test the material equations. For this purpose the finite element method has been used.

7. Simulation of wave-structure interaction by hybrid Cartesian/immersed boundary and arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian finite-element method

Wu, C. S.; Young, D. L.; Chiu, C. L.

2013-12-01

This article aims to develop a Cartesian-grid-based numerical model to study the interaction between free-surface flow and stationary or oscillating immersed obstacle in a viscous fluid. To incorporate the effect of the free surface motion, an arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) scheme is employed to accurately capture the configuration of free surface. To deal with the complex submerged obstacle in the fluid, a hybrid Cartesian/immersed boundary (HCIB) method is adopted, which allows easy implementation of the solid boundary conditions for a fixed structured grid. The two numerical techniques are combined to study the wave-structure interaction problems. The major merit of the proposed model is that the fluid grid is fixed throughout the computations during the transients, while the immersed body can move arbitrarily through the Cartesian grid. The meshes deform smoothly over the solid and free-surface boundaries, especially for representing sharp interface. There is no re-meshing process needed since this scheme only depends on the simple mesh generation to promote the efficiency of calculation. Some numerical examples are displayed respectively to validate the robustness and accuracy of the HCIB method, the ALE based finite-element scheme and their combinations. In addition, the other two numerical applications are carried out to simulate the wave-structure interaction with stationary and moving immersed body. In case studies some physical characteristics are also discussed for a range of amplitude of free-surface wave, Reynolds numbers and the proximity of structure under the liquid surface. The feasibility of the developed novel numerical model is shown through five numerical experiments.

8. Sound source reconstruction using inverse boundary element calculations

Schuhmacher, Andreas; Hald, Jørgen; Rasmussen, Karsten Bo;

2001-01-01

suited for solution by means of an inverse boundary element method. Since the numerical treatment of the inverse source reconstruction results in a discrete ill-posed problem, regularisation is imposed to avoid unstable solutions dominated by errors. In the present work the emphasis is on Tikhonov......Whereas standard boundary element calculations focus on the forward problem of computing the radiated acoustic field from a vibrating structure, the aim of the present work is to reverse the process, i.e., to determine vibration from acoustic field data. This inverse problem is brought on a form...

9. Sound source reconstruction using inverse boundary element calculations

Schuhmacher, Andreas; Hald, Jørgen; Rasmussen, Karsten Bo;

2003-01-01

for solution by means of an inverse boundary element method. Since the numerical treatment of the inverse source reconstruction results in a discrete ill-posed problem, regularization is imposed to avoid unstable solutions dominated by errors., In the present work the emphasis is on Tikhonov......Whereas standard boundary element calculations focus on the forward problem of computing the radiated acoustic field from a vibrating structure, the aim in this work is to reverse the process, i.e., to determine vibration from acoustic field data. This inverse problem is brought on a form suited...

10. Global superconvergence and a posteriori error estimators of the finite element method for a quasi-linear elliptic boundary value problem of nonmonotone type

Liu, L.; Liu, T.; Křížek, Michal; Lin, T.; Zhang, S.

2004-01-01

Roč. 42, č. 4 (2004), s. 1729-1744. ISSN 0036-1429 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR(CZ) IAA1019201 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1019905 Keywords : nonlinear boundary value problem * finite element s * supercloseness Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics Impact factor: 1.106, year: 2004

11. The numerical study and comparison of radial basis functions in applications of the dual reciprocity boundary element method to convection-diffusion problems

Chanthawara, Krittidej; Kaennakham, Sayan; Toutip, Wattana

2016-02-01

The methodology of Dual Reciprocity Boundary Element Method (DRBEM) is applied to the convection-diffusion problems and investigating its performance is our first objective of the work. Seven types of Radial Basis Functions (RBF); Linear, Thin-plate Spline, Cubic, Compactly Supported, Inverse Multiquadric, Quadratic, and that proposed by [12], were closely investigated in order to numerically compare their effectiveness drawbacks etc. and this is taken as our second objective. A sufficient number of simulations were performed covering as many aspects as possible. Varidated against both exacts and other numerical works, the final results imply strongly that the Thin-Plate Spline and Linear type of RBF are superior to others in terms of both solutions' quality and CPU-time spent while the Inverse Multiquadric seems to poorly yield the results. It is also found that DRBEM can perform relatively well at moderate level of convective force and as anticipated becomes unstable when the problem becomes more convective-dominated, as normally found in all classical mesh-dependence methods.

12. Development of classical boundary element analysis of fracture mechanics in gradient materials

Xiao, HT; Yue, QZQ

2013-01-01

Over the last decade, the authors have extended the classical boundary element methods (BEM) for analysis of the fracture mechanics in functionally gradient materials. This paper introduces the dual boundary element method associated with the generalized Kelvin fundamental solutions of multilayered elastic solids (or Yue’s solution). This dual BEM uses a pair of the displacement and traction boundary integral equations. The former is collocated exclusively on the uncracked boundary, and the l...

13. Numerical simulation for submerged body fitted with hydrofoil by boundary element method; Kyokai yosoho ni yoru yokutsuki bossuitai mawari no nagare keisan

Masuda, S.; Kasahara, Y.; Ashidate, I. [NKK Corp., Tokyo (Japan)

1996-12-31

In a high-speed boat of a type using hydrofoils, lifting force increases in proportion to square of its length, while displacement is proportional to the third power. Therefore, an idea has come up that speed of a large boat may be increased by combining the hydrofoils with a submerged body. In other words, the idea is to levitate a ship by using composite support consisting of buoyancy of the submerged body and lifting force caused by the hydrofoils. Insufficiency of the lifting force may be complemented by the buoyancy of the submerged body which increases in an equivalent rate as that in the displacement. However, combining a submerged body with hydrofoils render a problem that lifting force for hydrofoils decreases because of interactions among the submerged body, hydrofoils, and free surface. Therefore, assuming a model of a submerged body with a length of 85 m cruising at 40 kt, analysis was given on decrease in lifting force for hydrofoils due to interactions between the submerged and lifting body and free surface by using the boundary element method. As a result, it was verified that the lifting force for the hydrofoils decreases as a result of creation of a flow that decreases effective angle of attach of the hydrofoils. It was also made clear that making the submerging depth greater reduces the decrease in the lifting force. 9 refs., 14 figs., 1 tab.

14. Periodic Boundary Conditions in the ALEGRA Finite Element Code

AIDUN,JOHN B.; ROBINSON,ALLEN C.; WEATHERBY,JOE R.

1999-11-01

This document describes the implementation of periodic boundary conditions in the ALEGRA finite element code. ALEGRA is an arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian multi-physics code with both explicit and implicit numerical algorithms. The periodic boundary implementation requires a consistent set of boundary input sets which are used to describe virtual periodic regions. The implementation is noninvasive to the majority of the ALEGRA coding and is based on the distributed memory parallel framework in ALEGRA. The technique involves extending the ghost element concept for interprocessor boundary communications in ALEGRA to additionally support on- and off-processor periodic boundary communications. The user interface, algorithmic details and sample computations are given.

15. The representation of boundary currents in a finite element shallow water model

Düben, Peter D

2015-01-01

We evaluate the influence of local resolution, eddy viscosity, coastline structure, and boundary conditions on the numerical representation of boundary currents in a finite element shallow-water model. The use of finite element discretization methods offers a higher flexibility compared to finite difference and finite volume methods, that are mainly used in previous publications. This is true for the geometry of the coast lines and for the realization of boundary conditions. For our investigations we simulate steady separation of western boundary currents from idealized and realistic coast lines. The use of grid refinement allows a detailed investigation of boundary separation at reasonable numerical cost.

16. Adaptive Boundary Elements and Error Estimation for Elastic Problems

Jingguo Qu

2014-02-01

Full Text Available In traditional thinking, when the elastic problems are solved, we need to repeatedly plot element grids and analyze computing results according to diverse precision requirement. Against the malpractice exists in the above process, a new method of error estimation was suggested on H-R adaptive boundary element method in this paper. Based on the discrete meshes that are generated for the process of H-R adaptive refinement, the solution error was estimated by the interpolation residue. In addition, this method is easy to programming, which is carried out in the program by automatically creating new adaptive data files. Then a great deal of fore-disposal and post-disposal can be saved. Its validity and effectiveness have been confirmed by numerical example

17. An element by element spectral element method for elastic wave modeling

LIN Weijun; WANG Xiuming; ZHANG Hailan

2006-01-01

The spectral element method which combines the advantages of spectral method with those of finite element method,provides an efficient tool in simulating elastic wave equation in complex medium. Based on weak form of elastodynamic equations, mathematical formulations for Legendre spectral element method are presented. The wave field on an element is discretized using high-order Lagrange interpolation, and integration over the element is accomplished based upon the Gauss-Lobatto-Legendre integration rule. This results in a diagonal mass matrix which leads to a greatly simplified algorithm. In addition, the element by element technique is introduced in our method to reduce the memory sizes and improve the computation efficiency. Finally, some numerical examples are presented to demonstrate the spectral accuracy and the efficiency. Because of combinations of the finite element scheme and spectral algorithms, this method can be used for complex models, including free surface boundaries and strong heterogeneity.

18. Precision analysis of the two-dimensional potential flow problem in an infinite region with the direct boundary element method%无限区域二维势流直接边界元法精度分析

韩玉超; 卢晓平; 王中

2015-01-01

The Boundary Element Method(BEM),as a key numerical method,has been widely applied in many fields. However,the research on the Direct Boundary Element Method(DBEM)for ship hydrody⁃namic numerical calculation problems is still insufficient,especially when it comes to the ship hydrody⁃namic potential flow theory. The general method-‘panel method’- is based on Hess-Smith method, which is an Indirect Boundary Element Method(IBEM)whose major flaws exist in both theory and numeri⁃cal calculation. This paper,based on the ship hydrodynamic potential flow theory,adopts DBEM to calcu⁃late the example of two-dimensional unbounded potential flow around a cylinder,and analyzes the influ⁃ence of the boundary element discrete forms and the numerical integral methods on the calculation accura⁃cy. The results carried out by Matlab clearly indicate that using the constant element and Romberg algo⁃rithm method could yield high calculation speed and accuracy.%边界元法作为一种重要的数值方法已在许多领域得到广泛应用，但在船舶水动力势流理论数值计算方面，有关直接边界元法的研究并不充分，尤其是在船舶兴波阻力势流理论求解方面，以往的“面元法”通常是基于Hess-Smith法的间接法，这类方法在理论和数值计算上都存在着缺陷。针对船舶水动力势流理论计算，采用直接边界元法，对二维势流无界绕流算例进行系统的数值计算，并根据二维势流问题的计算结果详细探讨边界单元离散形式和单元上的数值积分方法对计算精度的影响，各项数值计算均以Matlab软件编程实现。结果表明，采用常数单元和龙贝格积分法能够得到较准确的结果，且计算速度较快。

19. An Improved Method of Capturing the Surface Boundary of a Ti-6Al-4V Fusion Weld Bead for Finite Element Modeling

Turner, R. P.; Villa, M.; Sovani, Y.; Panwisawas, C.; Perumal, B.; Ward, R. M.; Brooks, J. W.; Basoalto, H. C.

2016-02-01

Weld simulation methods have often employed mathematical functions to describe the size and shape of the molten pool of material transiently present in a weld. However, while these functions can sometimes accurately capture the fusion boundary for certain welding parameters in certain materials, they do not necessarily offer a robust methodology for the more intricate weld pool shapes that can be produced in materials with a very low thermal conductivity, such as the titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V. Cross-sections of steady-state welds can be observed which contain a dramatic narrowing of the pool width at roughly half way in to the depth of the plate of material, and a significant widening again at the base. These effects on the weld pool are likely to do with beam focusing height. However, the resultant intricacy of the pool means that standard formulaic methods to capture the shape may prove relatively unsuccessful. Given how critical the accuracy of pool shape is in determining the mechanical response to the heating, an alternative method is presented. By entering weld pool width measurements for a series of depths in a Cartesian co-ordinate system using FE weld simulation software Sysweld, a more representative weld pool size and shape can be predicted, compared to the standard double ellipsoid method. Results have demonstrated that significant variations in the mid-depth thermal profile are observed between the two, even though the same values for top and bottom pool-widths are entered. Finally, once the benefits of the Cartesian co-ordinate method are demonstrated, the robustness of this approach to predict a variety of weld pool shapes has been demonstrated upon a series of nine weld simulations, where the two key process parameters (welding laser power and travel speed) are explored over a design space ranging from 1.5 to 3 kW and 50 to 200 mm/s. Results suggest that for the faster travel speeds, the more detailed Cartesian co-ordinate method is better, whereas

20. Cathodic protection design of seawater pump by boundary element analysis

A three-dimensional boundary element method (3D-BEM) was developed to quantitatively estimate cathodic protection and macro-cell corrosion. To confirm the validity and usefulness of the BEM for analysis of fluid machines handling seawater with complex 3D fields, experiments and analyses were performed. A cast iron vertical pump, with Zn anodes for cathodic protection, was submerged in seawater and operated. Potential distributions inside the pump and anodic currents on the Zn anodes were measured. The polarization curves of the pump material were measured as functions of flow rate, time and temperature, and the polarization characteristics were applied as boundary conditions in performing BEM analysis. Through analyses and experimental work, the following conclusions were obtained. By means of appropriate modelling that takes account of the symmetry of the object being analyzed, it is possible to apply the BEM effectively to corrosion problems of machines with complex 3D fields. Furthermore, extremely high accurate analysis on potential and current density distributions can be performed for fluid machines handling seawater, by precisely ascertaining the dependency of polarization curves on flow rate, time and temperature, and reflecting these dependencies in the boundary conditions. (author)

1. The finite element method in electromagnetics

Jin, Jianming

2014-01-01

A new edition of the leading textbook on the finite element method, incorporating major advancements and further applications in the field of electromagnetics The finite element method (FEM) is a powerful simulation technique used to solve boundary-value problems in a variety of engineering circumstances. It has been widely used for analysis of electromagnetic fields in antennas, radar scattering, RF and microwave engineering, high-speed/high-frequency circuits, wireless communication, electromagnetic compatibility, photonics, remote sensing, biomedical engineering, and space exploration. The

2. HEFF---A users manual and guide for the HEFF code for thermal-mechanical analysis using the boundary-element method; Version 4.1: Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project

St. John, C.M.; Sanjeevan, K. [Agapito (J.F.T.) and Associates, Inc., Grand Junction, CO (United States)

1991-12-01

The HEFF Code combines a simple boundary-element method of stress analysis with the closed form solutions for constant or exponentially decaying heat sources in an infinite elastic body to obtain an approximate method for analysis of underground excavations in a rock mass with heat generation. This manual describes the theoretical basis for the code, the code structure, model preparation, and step taken to assure that the code correctly performs its intended functions. The material contained within the report addresses the Software Quality Assurance Requirements for the Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project. 13 refs., 26 figs., 14 tabs.

3. Finite element analysis of three dimensional crack growth by the use of a boundary element sub model

Lucht, Tore

2009-01-01

element model containing an approximation of the crack is interpolated to a much smaller boundary element model containing a fine discretization of the real crack. The method is validated through several numerical comparisons and by comparison to crack growth measured in a test specimen for an engineering...... structure....

4. Scaled Boundary Finite Element Analysis of Wave Passing A Submerged Breakwater

2008-01-01

The scaled boundary finite element method (SBFEM) is a novel semi-analytical technique combining the advantage of the finite element method (FEM) and the boundary element method (BEM) with its unique properties. In this paper, the SBFEM is used for computing wave passing submerged breakwaters, and the reflection coefficient and transmission coefficient are given for the case of wave passing by a rectangular submerged breakwater, a rigid submerged barrier breakwater and a trapezium submerged breakwater in a constant water depth. The results are compared with the analytical solution and experimental results. Good agreement is obtained. Through comparison with the results using the dual boundary element method (DBEM), it is found that the SBFEM can obtain higher accuracy with fewer elements. Many submerged breakwaters with different dimensions are computed by the SBFEM, and the changing character of the reflection coefficient and the transmission coefficient are given in the current study.

5. Introduction to the finite element method in electromagnetics

Polycarpou, Anastasis

2006-01-01

This series lecture is an introduction to the finite element method with applications in electromagnetics. The finite element method is a numerical method that is used to solve boundary-value problems characterized by a partial differential equation and a set of boundary conditions. The geometrical domain of a boundary-value problem is discretized using sub-domain elements, called the finite elements, and the differential equation is applied to a single element after it is brought to a "weak" integro-differential form. A set of shape functions is used to represent the primary unknown variable

6. A coupled boundary element-finite difference solution of the elliptic modified mild slope equation

2011-01-01

The modified mild slope equation of [5] is solved using a combination of the boundary element method (BEM) and the finite difference method (FDM). The exterior domain of constant depth and infinite horizontal extent is solved by a BEM using linear or quadratic elements. The interior domain with...

7. The interaction between membrane structure and wind based on the discontinuous boundary element

2010-01-01

Small disturbance potential theory is widely used in solving aerodynamic problems with low Mach numbers, and it plays an important role in engineering design. Concerning structure wind engineering, the body of the structure is in a low velocity wind field, with a low viscosity of air and thin boundary layer, therefore, the tiny shear stress caused by the boundary layer can be ignored, only wind pressure being considered. In this paper, based on small disturbance potential theory, the fluid-structure interaction between the wind and membrane structure is analyzed by joint utilization of the boundary element method (BEM) and finite element method (FEM) through a loose-coupling procedure. However, the boundary of flow field to be calculated is not fully smooth, corners and edges still exist, so the discontinuous boundary element is introduced. Furthermore, because a large scale boundary element equation set with a nonsymmetrical coefficient matrix must be solved, this paper imports a preconditioning GMRES (the generalized minimum residual) iterative algorithm, which takes full advantage of the boundary element method. Several calculation examples have verified the correctness and soundness of the treatments mentioned above.

Darbani, M.; Ouahsine, A.; Villon, P.

2009-09-01

The Natural Element Method (NEM) is used to simulate a 2D shallow water flow in presence of free surface and a varying bathymetry. This meshless method used a fully Lagrangian formulation and natural neighbors, which remain a very striking problem related the boundary conditions. The method was succefully used to simulate dam-break flows by solving the fully nonlinear Shallow Water Equations (SWE) and by using an implicit scheme under a transient flow and the Coriolis effect.

9. Advanced applications of boundary-integral equation methods

The BIE (boundary integral equation) method is based on the numerical solution of a set of integral constraint equations which couple boundary tractions (stresses) to boundary displacements. Thus the dimensionality of the problem is reduced by one; only boundary geometry and data are discretized. Stresses at any set of selected interior points are computed following the boundary solution without any further numerical approximations. Thus, the BIE method has inherently greater resolution capability for stress gradients than does the finite element method. Conversely, the BIE method is not efficient for problems involving significant inhomogeneity such as in multi-thin-layered materials, or in elastoplasticity. Some progress in applyiing the BIE method to the latter problem has been made but much more work remains. Further, the BIE method is only optional for problems with significant stress risers, and only when boundary stresses are most important. Interior stress calculations are expensive, per point, and can drive the solution costs up rapidly. The current report summarizes some of the advanced elastic applications of fracture mechanics and three-dimensional stress analysis, while referencing some of the much broader developmental effort. Future emphasis is needed to exploit the BIE method in conjunction with other techniques such as the finite element method through the creation of hybrid stress analysis methods

10. An axisymmetric boundary element formulation of sound wave propagation in fluids including viscous and thermal losses

Cutanda Henriquez, Vicente; Juhl, Peter Møller

2013-01-01

The formulation presented in this paper is based on the Boundary Element Method (BEM) and implements Kirchhoff’s decomposition into viscous, thermal and acoustic components, which can be treated independently everywhere in the domain except on the boundaries. The acoustic variables with losses...... are solved using extended boundary conditions that account for: i) negligible temperature fluctuations at the boundary, and ii) normal and tangential matching of the boundary’s particle velocity. The proposed model does not require constructing a special mesh for the viscous and thermal boundary layers...... as is the case with the existing Finite Element Method (FEM) implementations with losses. The suitability of this approach is demonstrated using an axisymmetrical BEM and two test cases where the numerical results are compared with analytical solutions....

11. Research on the flow noise of underwater submarine based on boundary element method%基于边界元理论求解水下潜艇流噪声的研究

江文成; 张怀新; 孟堃宇

2013-01-01

该文运用无紧致声源假定的边界元法和传统的FW-H方程对水滴型潜艇的流噪声特性进行了数值模拟,将数值模拟得到的水听器处的声压值与试验值进行了对比,并研究了两种方法在求解沿潜艇X轴和Z轴上不同特征点处流噪声时的差异.结果表明,对于水听器处的流噪声声压值,边界元法得到的解更接近干试验值,而对于远场求解,两种方法得到的结果相差不大.%By using boundary element method and traditional method of FW-H equation,numerical simulation on the flow noise of streamlined submarine is done in this research.Numerical simulation results of sound pressure at a point where hydrophone located are compared with experimental data.Further research is done on the flow noise at a series of feature points along X and Z direction by using the above two methods.It can be concluded from this numerical simulation that for the flow noise at the hydrophone located point given in this paper,numerical results from boundary element method are closer to experimental data.Besides,for the sound pressure in far field,numerical simulation results from the two above methods are almost the same.

12. Conforming Discretizations of Boundary Element Solutions of the Electroencephalography Forward Problem

Rahmouni, Lyes; Cools, Kristof; Andriulli, Francesco P

2016-01-01

In this paper we present a new discretization strategy for the boundary element formulation of the Electroencephalography (EEG) forward problem. Boundary integral formulations, classically solved with the Boundary Element Method (BEM), are widely used in high resolution EEG imaging because of their recognized advantages in several real case scenarios. Unfortunately however, it is widely reported that the accuracy of standard BEM schemes is limited, especially when the current source density is dipolar and its location approaches one of the brain boundary surfaces. This is a particularly limiting problem given that during an high-resolution EEG imaging procedure, several EEG forward problem solutions are required for which the source currents are near or on top of a boundary surface. This work will first present an analysis of standardly discretized EEG forward problems, reporting on a theoretical issue of some of the formulations that have been used so far in the community. We report on the fact that several ...

13. Boundary element analysis for elastic and elastoplastic problems of 2D orthotropic media with stress concentration

Xiushan Sun; Lixin Huang; Yinghua Liu; Zhangzhi Cen; Keren Wang

2005-01-01

Both the orthotropy and the stress concentration are common issues in modern structural engineering. This paper introduces the boundary element method (BEM) into the elastic and elastoplastic analyses for 2D orthotropic media with stress concentration. The discretized boundary element formulations are established, and the stress formulae as well as the fundamental solutions are derived in matrix notations. The numerical procedures are proposed to analyze both elastic and elastoplastic problems of2D orthotropic media with stress concentration. To obtain more precise stress values with fewer elements, the quadratic isoparametric element formulation is adopted in the boundary discretization and numerical procedures. Numerical examples show that there are significant stress concentrations and different elastoplastic behaviors in some orthotropic media, and some of the computational results are compared with other solutions.Good agreements are also observed, which demonstrates the efficiency and reliability of the present BEM in the stress concentration analysis for orthotropic media.

14. Lattice Boltzmann methods for moving boundary flows

Inamuro, Takaji, E-mail: inamuro@kuaero.kyoto-u.ac.jp [Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Advanced Research Institute of Fluid Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan)

2012-04-01

The lattice Boltzmann methods (LBMs) for moving boundary flows are presented. The LBM for two-phase fluid flows with the same density and the LBM combined with the immersed boundary method are described. In addition, the LBM on a moving multi-block grid is explained. Three numerical examples (a droplet moving in a constricted tube, the lift generation of a flapping wing and the sedimentation of an elliptical cylinder) are shown in order to demonstrate the applicability of the LBMs to moving boundary problems. (invited review)

15. Lattice Boltzmann methods for moving boundary flows

The lattice Boltzmann methods (LBMs) for moving boundary flows are presented. The LBM for two-phase fluid flows with the same density and the LBM combined with the immersed boundary method are described. In addition, the LBM on a moving multi-block grid is explained. Three numerical examples (a droplet moving in a constricted tube, the lift generation of a flapping wing and the sedimentation of an elliptical cylinder) are shown in order to demonstrate the applicability of the LBMs to moving boundary problems. (invited review)

16. BOUNDARY ELEMENT ANALYSIS OF INTERACTION BETWEEN AN ELASTIC RECTANGULAR INCLUSION AND A CRACK

王银邦

2004-01-01

The interaction between an elastic rectangular inclusion and a kinked crack in an infinite elastic body was considered by using boundary element method. The new complex boundary integral equations were derived. By introducing a complex unknown function H(t)related to the interface displacement density and traction and applying integration by parts,the traction continuous condition was satisfied automatically. Only one complex boundary integral equation was obtained on interface and involves only singularity of order l/ r. To verify the validity and effectiveness of the present boundary element method, some typical examples were calculated. The obtained results show that the crack stress intensity factors decrease as the shear modulus of inclusion increases. Thus, the crack propagation is easier near a softer inclusion and the harder inclusion is helpful for crack arrest.

17. A kernel-free boundary integral method for elliptic boundary value problems

Ying, Wenjun; Henriquez, Craig S.

2007-12-01

This paper presents a class of kernel-free boundary integral (KFBI) methods for general elliptic boundary value problems (BVPs). The boundary integral equations reformulated from the BVPs are solved iteratively with the GMRES method. During the iteration, the boundary and volume integrals involving Green's functions are approximated by structured grid-based numerical solutions, which avoids the need to know the analytical expressions of Green's functions. The KFBI method assumes that the larger regular domain, which embeds the original complex domain, can be easily partitioned into a hierarchy of structured grids so that fast elliptic solvers such as the fast Fourier transform (FFT) based Poisson/Helmholtz solvers or those based on geometric multigrid iterations are applicable. The structured grid-based solutions are obtained with standard finite difference method (FDM) or finite element method (FEM), where the right hand side of the resulting linear system is appropriately modified at irregular grid nodes to recover the formal accuracy of the underlying numerical scheme. Numerical results demonstrating the efficiency and accuracy of the KFBI methods are presented. It is observed that the number of GMRES iterations used by the method for solving isotropic and moderately anisotropic BVPs is independent of the sizes of the grids that are employed to approximate the boundary and volume integrals. With the standard second-order FEMs and FDMs, the KFBI method shows a second-order convergence rate in accuracy for all of the tested Dirichlet/Neumann BVPs when the anisotropy of the diffusion tensor is not too strong.

18. Advanced applications of boundary-integral equation methods

Numerical analysis has become the basic tool for both design and research problems in solid mechanics. The boundary-integral equation (BIE) method is based on classical mathematical techniques but is finding new life as a basic stress analysis tool for engineering applications. The BIE method is based on the numerical solution of a set of integral constraint equations which couple boundary tractions (stresses) to boundary displacements. Thus the dimensionality of the problem is reduced by one; only boundary geometry and data are discretized. Stresses at any set of selected interior points are computed following the boundary solution without any further numerical approximations. Thus, the BIE method has inherently greater resolution capability for stress gradients than does the finite element method. Conversely, the BIE method is not efficient for problems involving significant inhomogeneity such as in multi-thin-layered materials, or in elastoplasticity. Some progress in applying the BIE method to the latter problem has been made but much more work remains. Further, the BIE method is only optional for problems with significant stress risers, and only when boundary stresses are more important. Interior stress calculations are expensive, per point, and can drive the solution costs up rapidly. The current report summarizes some of the advanced elastic applications of fracture mechanics and three-dimensional stress analysis, while referring some of the much broader developmental effort. (Auth.)

19. International Conference on Computer Modelling of Seas and Coastal Regions and Boundary Elements and Fluid Dynamics

Partridge, P; Boundary Elements in Fluid Dynamics

1992-01-01

This book Boundary Elements in Fluid Dynamics is the second volume of the two volume proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Modelling of Seas and Coastal Regions and Boundary Elements and Fluid Dynamics, held in Southampton, U.K., in April 1992. The Boundary Element Method (BEM) is now fully established as an ac­ curate and successful technique for solving engineering problems in a wide range of fields. The success of the method is due to its advantages in data reduction, as only the boundary of the region is modelled. Thus moving boundaries may be more easily handled, which is not the case if domain methods are used. In addition, the method is easily able to model regions to extending to infinity. Fluid mechanics is traditionally one of the most challenging areas of engi­ neering, the simulation of fluid motion, particularly in three dimensions, is always a serious test for any numerical method, and is an area in which BEM analysis may be used taking full advantage of its special character...

20. Finite Element Method: An Overview

Vishal JAGOTA

2013-02-01

Full Text Available The finite element method (FEM is a numerical analysis technique for obtaining approximate solutions to a wide variety of engineering problems. A finite element model of a problem gives a piecewise approximation to the governing equations. The basic premise of the FEM is that a solution region can be analytically modeled or approximated by replacing it with an assemblage of discrete elements (discretization. Since these elements can be put together in a variety of ways, they can be used to represent exceedingly complex shapes.

1. Stochastic finite element method with simple random elements

Starkloff, Hans-Jörg

2008-01-01

We propose a variant of the stochastic finite element method, where the random elements occuring in the problem formulation are approximated by simple random elements, i.e. random elements with only a finite number of possible values.

2. A boundary element model for structural health monitoring using piezoelectric transducers

In this paper, for the first time, the boundary element method (BEM) is used for modelling smart structures instrumented with piezoelectric actuators and sensors. The host structure and its cracks are formulated with the 3D dual boundary element method (DBEM), and the modelling of the piezoelectric transducers implements a 3D semi-analytical finite element approach. The elastodynamic analysis of the structure is performed in the Laplace domain and the time history is obtained by inverse Laplace transform. The sensor signals obtained from BEM simulations show excellent agreement with those from finite element modelling simulations and experiments. This work provides an alternative methodology for modelling smart structures in structural health monitoring applications. (paper)

3. THEORY AND METHOD FOR WETLAND BOUNDARY DELINEATION

2006-01-01

Based on the analysis of the subjectivity of wetland boundary criteria and their causes at present, this paper suggested that, under the condition that the mechanism of wetland formation process has not been understood,"black box" method of System Theory can be used to delineate wetland boundaries scientifically. After analyzing the difference of system construction among aquatic habitats, wetlands and uplands, the lower limit of rooted plants was chosen as the lower boundary criterion of wetlands. Because soil diagnostic horizon is the result of the long-term interaction among all environments, and it is less responsive than vegetation to short-term change, soil diagnostic horizon was chosen as the indicator to delineate wetland upper boundary, which lies at the thinning-out point of soil diagnostic horizon. Case study indicated that it was feasible using the lower limit of rooted plants and the thinning-out point of soil diagnostic horizon as criteria to delineate the lower and upper boundaries of wetland. In the study area, the thinning-out line of albic horizon was coincident with the 55.74m contour line, the maximum horizonerror was less than lm, and the maximum vertical error less than 0.04m. The problem on wetland definition always arises on the boundaries. Having delineated wetland boundaries, wetlands can be defined as follows: wetlands are the transitional zones between uplands and deepwater habitats, they are a kind of azonal complex that are inundated or saturated by surface or ground water, with the lower boundary lying at the lower limit of rooted plants, and the upper boundary at the thinning-out line of upland soil diagnostic horizon.

4. Finite Element Simulation of Photoacoustic Pressure in a Resonant Photoacoustic Cell Using Lossy Boundary Conditions

Duggen, Lars; Lopes, Natasha; Willatzen, Morten; Rubahn, Horst-Günter

2011-01-01

The finite-element method (FEM) is used to simulate the photoacoustic signal in a cylindrical resonant photoacoustic cell. Simulations include loss effects near the cell walls that appear in the boundary conditions for the inhomogeneous Helmholtz equation governing the acoustic pressure. Reasonably...

5. Artificial Boundary Method for Calculating Ship Wave Resistance

文新; 韩厚德

2003-01-01

The calculation of wave resistance for a ship moving at constant speed near a free surface is considered. This wave resistance is calculated with a linearized steady potential model. To deal with the unboundedness of the physical domain in the potential flow problem, we introduce one vertical side as an artificial upstream boundary and two vertical sides as the artificial downstream boundaries. On the artificial boundaries, a sequence of high-order global artificial boundary conditions are given. Then the potential flow problem is reduced to a problem defined on a finite computational domain, which is equivalent to a variational problem. The solution of the variational problem by the finite element method gives the numerical approximation of the potential flow around the ship, which was used to calculate the wave resistance. The numerical examples show the accuracy and efficiency of the proposed numerical scheme.

6. Finite element methods for engineers

Fenner, Roger T

2013-01-01

This book is intended as a textbook providing a deliberately simple introduction to finite element methods in a way that should be readily understandable to engineers, both students and practising professionals. Only the very simplest elements are considered, mainly two dimensional three-noded “constant strain triangles”, with simple linear variation of the relevant variables. Chapters of the book deal with structural problems (beams), classification of a broad range of engineering into harmonic and biharmonic types, finite element analysis of harmonic problems, and finite element analysis of biharmonic problems (plane stress and plane strain). Full Fortran programs are listed and explained in detail, and a range of practical problems solved in the text. Despite being somewhat unfashionable for general programming purposes, the Fortran language remains very widely used in engineering. The programs listed, which were originally developed for use on mainframe computers, have been thoroughly updated for use ...

7. The view from the boundary: a new void stacking method

Cautun, Marius; Frenk, Carlos S

2015-01-01

We introduce a new method for stacking voids and deriving their profile that greatly increases the potential of voids as a tool for precision cosmology. Given that voids are highly non-spherical and have most of their mass at their edge, voids are better described relative to their boundary rather than relative to their centre, as in the conventional spherical stacking approach. The boundary profile is obtained by computing the distance of each volume element from the void boundary. Voids can then be stacked and their profiles computed as a function of this boundary distance. This approach enhances the weak lensing signal of voids, both shear and convergence, by a factor of two when compared to the spherical stacking method. It also results in steeper void density profiles that are characterised by a very slow rise inside the void and a pronounced density ridge at the void boundary, in qualitative agreement with theoretical models of expanding spherical underdensities. The resulting boundary density profile i...

8. Boundary element simulation of surface waves on a deformed half-space

Litvinchuk, S. Yu.; Belov, A. A.; Markov, I. P.; Ipatov, A. A.; Petrov, A. N.

2015-11-01

Homogeneous and two-layer half-spaces consisting of an anisotropic elastic, isotropic viscoelastic, or poroelastic material are considered. The Kelvin-Voigt model and the model with the Abel kernel are used as models of the viscoelastic material; the poroelastic material is studied within the framework of the model of the compressible Biot material. The case where the half-space contains a cavity is also considered. Propagation of surface waves is studied by the boundary element method. The numerical solution involves the method of collocations for a regularized boundary integral equation.

9. Black extraction method using gamut boundary descriptors

Cho, Min-Ki; Kang, Byoung-Ho; Choh, Heui-Keun

2006-01-01

Color data conversion between CMYK and CIEL*a*b* color space is not directly corresponded, that is many CMYK combinations could reproduce the same CIEL*a*b* value. When building a LUT converting from CIEL*a*b* to CMYK for a CMYK color printer, one to one correspondence between CMYK and CIEL*a*b* must be aimed. The proposed method in this paper follows steps: (1) print and measure CIEL*a*b* values of CMYK reference chart, (2) set-up parameters to assign the amount of black extraction, (3) generate gamut boundary descriptors for gamut mapping and for black extraction using CMYK-CIEL*a*b* data under predetermined black extraction parameters, (4) perform gamut mapping for given CIEL*a*b* using the gamut boundary descriptor for gamut mapping, (5) determine K value of the gamut-mapped CIEL*a*b* using the gamut boundary descriptors for black extraction. The suggested method determines K value for given CIEL*a*b* using gamut boundary descriptors in CIEL*a*b color space. As a result, a color printer using this method can make out accurate black amount and reproduces more consistent CMYK images under different black extraction options.

10. Wet Friction-Elements Boundary Friction Mechanism and Friction Coefficient Prediction

WANG Yanzhong

2012-12-01

Full Text Available The friction mechanism for the boundary friction course of friction elements engagement was explicitly expressed. The boundary friction model was built up by the surface topography. The model contained the effect of boundary film, adhesion, plough and lubrication. Based on the model, a coefficient for weakening plough for the lubrication was proposed. The modified model could fit for the working condition of wet friction elements. The friction coefficient as a function curve of rotating speed could be finally obtained by the data k and s/sm. The method provides a well interpretation of friction condition and friction coefficient prediction and the agreement between theoretical and experimental friction coefficients is reasonably good.

11. About the Finite Element Method Applied to Thick Plates

Mihaela Ibănescu

2006-01-01

Full Text Available The present paper approaches of plates subjected to transverse loads, when the shear force and the actual boundary conditions are considered, by using the Finite Element Method. The isoparametric finite elements create real facilities in formulating the problems and great possibilities in creating adequate computer programs.

12. Regeneration method for filter element

The outer surface of a filter element used for treating exhaust gases from an incinerator is divided into a plurality of zones. A back-washing for the filter is conducted in a container by using pressurized air in a state of leaving a certain zone unsealed. Then, the unsealed zone is displaced and back-washing is applied in the same manner. With such procedures, clogged materials which could not be removed by the existent method of simultaneously back-washing the entire filter element can certainly be removed. Further, according to the present invention, the clogged materials removed from the filter element are not discharged to the outside, but prevented from flowing out of the system. (T.M.)

13. General and efficient parallel approach of finite element-boundary integral-multilevel fast multipole algorithm

Pan Xiaomin; Sheng Xinqing

2008-01-01

A general and efficient parallel approach is proposed for the first time to parallelize the hybrid finite-element-boundary-integral-multi-level fast multipole algorithm (FE-BI-MLFMA). Among many algorithms of FE-BI-MLFMA, the decomposition algorithm (DA) is chosen as a basis for the parallelization of FE-BI-MLFMA because of its distinct numerical characteristics suitable for parallelization. On the basis of the DA, the parallelization of FE-BI-MLFMA is carried out by employing the parallelized multi-frontal method for the matrix from the finite-element method and the parallelized MLFMA for the matrix from the boundary integral method respectively. The programming and numerical experiments of the proposed parallel approach are carried out in the high perfor-mance computing platform CEMS-Liuhui. Numerical experiments demonstrate that FE-BI-MLFMA is efficiently parallelized and its computational capacity is greatly improved without losing accuracy, efficiency, and generality.

14. Boundary element simulation of backscattering properties for red blood with high frequency ultrasonic transducers.

Wu, Shih-Jeh; Kuo, Ihyuan; Shung, K Kirk

2005-01-01

High frequency ultrasonic imaging (e.g. >30 MHz) from blood is difficult due to its tenuous backscattered pressure and the interference from adjacent tissues as well. To increase the sensitivity focused transducer has to be used, thus raising the complexity of interpreting the received signals. A numerical simulation of the ultrasonic scattering property from erythrocyte and rouleaux based on boundary element method was performed with experimental results based on a modified substitution method. The results (proportional relationship between backscattered pressure and frequency and the frequency limit for Rayleigh scattering) closely coincide with experimental data for erythrocyte. Rouleaux model results also show the dependence of degree of red cell aggregation on backscattering properties. The boundary element method serves as a good means to calculate the acoustic scattering from blood cells under arbitrary incident waves. PMID:15556649

15. Advanced applications of boundary-integral equation methods

Numerical analysis has become the basic tool for both design and research problems in solid mechanics. The need for accuracy and detail, plus the availablity of the high speed computer has led to the development of many new modeling methods ranging from general purpose structural analysis finite element programs to special purpose research programs. The boundary-integral equation (BIE) method is based on classical mathematical techniques but is finding new life as a basic stress analysis tool for engineering applications. The paper summarizes some advanced elastic applications of fracture mechanics and three-dimensional stress analysis, while referencing some of the much broader developmental effort. Future emphasis is needed to exploit the BIE method in conjunction with other techniques such as the finite element method through the creation of hybrid stress analysis methods. (Auth.)

16. Finite Element Analysis of Dam-Reservoir Interaction Using High-Order Doubly Asymptotic Open Boundary

Yichao Gao

2011-01-01

Full Text Available The dam-reservoir system is divided into the near field modeled by the finite element method, and the far field modeled by the excellent high-order doubly asymptotic open boundary (DAOB. Direct and partitioned coupled methods are developed for the analysis of dam-reservoir system. In the direct coupled method, a symmetric monolithic governing equation is formulated by incorporating the DAOB with the finite element equation and solved using the standard time-integration methods. In contrast, the near-field finite element equation and the far-field DAOB condition are separately solved in the partitioned coupled methodm, and coupling is achieved by applying the interaction force on the truncated boundary. To improve its numerical stability and accuracy, an iteration strategy is employed to obtain the solution of each step. Both coupled methods are implemented on the open-source finite element code OpenSees. Numerical examples are employed to demonstrate the performance of these two proposed methods.

17. High Order Projection Plane Method for Evaluation of Supersingular Curved Boundary Integrals in BEM

Miao Cui; Wei-zhe Feng; Xiao-wei Gao; Kai Yang

2016-01-01

Boundary element method (BEM) is a very promising approach for solving various engineering problems, in which accurate evaluation of boundary integrals is required. In the present work, the direct method for evaluating singular curved boundary integrals is developed by considering the third-order derivatives in the projection plane method when expanding the geometry quantities at the field point as Taylor series. New analytical formulas are derived for geometry quantities defined on the curve...

18. Peridynamic Multiscale Finite Element Methods

Costa, Timothy [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Bond, Stephen D. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Littlewood, David John [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Moore, Stan Gerald [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

2015-12-01

The problem of computing quantum-accurate design-scale solutions to mechanics problems is rich with applications and serves as the background to modern multiscale science research. The prob- lem can be broken into component problems comprised of communicating across adjacent scales, which when strung together create a pipeline for information to travel from quantum scales to design scales. Traditionally, this involves connections between a) quantum electronic structure calculations and molecular dynamics and between b) molecular dynamics and local partial differ- ential equation models at the design scale. The second step, b), is particularly challenging since the appropriate scales of molecular dynamic and local partial differential equation models do not overlap. The peridynamic model for continuum mechanics provides an advantage in this endeavor, as the basic equations of peridynamics are valid at a wide range of scales limiting from the classical partial differential equation models valid at the design scale to the scale of molecular dynamics. In this work we focus on the development of multiscale finite element methods for the peridynamic model, in an effort to create a mathematically consistent channel for microscale information to travel from the upper limits of the molecular dynamics scale to the design scale. In particular, we first develop a Nonlocal Multiscale Finite Element Method which solves the peridynamic model at multiple scales to include microscale information at the coarse-scale. We then consider a method that solves a fine-scale peridynamic model to build element-support basis functions for a coarse- scale local partial differential equation model, called the Mixed Locality Multiscale Finite Element Method. Given decades of research and development into finite element codes for the local partial differential equation models of continuum mechanics there is a strong desire to couple local and nonlocal models to leverage the speed and state of the

19. BOOK REVIEW: Finite Element and Boundary Element Applications in Quantum Mechanics

Ueta, Tsuyoshi

2003-08-01

L Ramdas Ram-Mohan Oxford: Oxford University Press (2002) £26.50 (paperback), ISBN 0-19-852522-2 Although this book is one of the Oxford Texts in Applied and Engineering Mathematics, we may think of it as a physics book. It explains how to solve the problem of quantum mechanics using the finite element method (FEM) and the boundary element method (BEM). Many examples analysing actual problems are also shown. As for the ratio of the number of pages of FEM and BEM, the former occupies about 80%. This is, however, reasonable reflecting the flexibility of FEM. Although many explanations of FEM and BEM exist, most are written using special mathematical expressions and numerical computation fields. However, this book is written in the language of physicists' throughout. I think that it is very readable and easy to understand for physicists. In the derivation of FEM and the argument on calculation accuracy, the action integral and a variation principle are used consistently. In the numerical computation of matrices, such as simultaneous equations and eigen value problems, a description of important points is also fully given. Moreover, the practical problems which become important in the electron device design field and the condensed matter physics field are dealt with as example computations, so that this book is very practical and applicable. It is characteristic and interesting that FEM is applied to solve the Schrödinger and Poisson equations consistently, and to the solution of the Ginzburg--Landau equation in superconductivity. BEM is applied to treat electric field enhancements due to surface plasmon excitations at metallic surfaces. A number of references are cited at the end of all the chapters, and this is very helpful. The description of quantum mechanics is also made appropriately and the actual application of quantum mechanics in condensed matter physics can also be surveyed. In the appendices, the mathematical foundation, such as numerical quadrature

1991-01-01

About 80 participants from 16 countries attended the Conference on Numerical Methods for Free Boundary Problems, held at the University of Jyviiskylii, Finland, July 23-27, 1990. The main purpose of this conference was to provide up-to-date information on important directions of research in the field of free boundary problems and their numerical solutions. The contributions contained in this volume cover the lectures given in the conference. The invited lectures were given by H.W. Alt, V. Barbu, K-H. Hoffmann, H. Mittelmann and V. Rivkind. In his lecture H.W. Alt considered a mathematical model and existence theory for non-isothermal phase separations in binary systems. The lecture of V. Barbu was on the approximate solvability of the inverse one phase Stefan problem. K-H. Hoff­ mann gave an up-to-date survey of several directions in free boundary problems and listed several applications, but the material of his lecture is not included in this proceedings. H.D. Mittelmann handled the stability of thermo capi...

1. Adaptive finite element method for shape optimization

Morin, Pedro

2012-01-16

We examine shape optimization problems in the context of inexact sequential quadratic programming. Inexactness is a consequence of using adaptive finite element methods (AFEM) to approximate the state and adjoint equations (via the dual weighted residual method), update the boundary, and compute the geometric functional. We present a novel algorithm that equidistributes the errors due to shape optimization and discretization, thereby leading to coarse resolution in the early stages and fine resolution upon convergence, and thus optimizing the computational effort. We discuss the ability of the algorithm to detect whether or not geometric singularities such as corners are genuine to the problem or simply due to lack of resolution - a new paradigm in adaptivity. © EDP Sciences, SMAI, 2012.

2. Solution of problems with material nonlinearities with a coupled finite element/boundary element scheme using an iterative solver. Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project

The prediction of stresses and displacements around tunnels buried deep within the earth is an important class of geomechanics problems. The material behavior immediately surrounding the tunnel is typically nonlinear. The surrounding mass, even if it is nonlinear, can usually be characterized by a simple linear elastic model. The finite element method is best suited for modeling nonlinear materials of limited volume, while the boundary element method is well suited for modeling large volumes of linear elastic material. A computational scheme that couples the finite element and boundary element methods would seem particularly useful for geomechanics problems. A variety of coupling schemes have been proposed, but they rely on direct solution methods. Direct solution techniques have large storage requirements that become cumbersome for large-scale three-dimensional problems. An alternative to direct solution methods is iterative solution techniques. A scheme has been developed for coupling the finite element and boundary element methods that uses an iterative solution method. This report shows that this coupling scheme is valid for problems where nonlinear material behavior occurs in the finite element region

3. Coupled Finite Element/Boundary Element Analysis of a Vehicle Moving Along a Railway Track

Andersen, Lars; Nielsen, Søren R. K.

Trains running in build-up areas are a source to ground-borne noise. A careful design of the track structure may be one way of minimizing the vibrations in the surroundings. For example, open or in-filled trenches may be constructed along the track, or the soil underneath the track may be improved....... In this work, analyses are carried out with the aim of investigating the influence of the track design and properties on the level of ground vibration due to a vehicle moving with subsonic speed. A coupled finite element and boundary element model of the track and subsoil is employed, adopting a...... or soil stiffening?even at low frequencies. However, for high-speed vehicles rubber chip barriers may be a promising means of vibration screening...

4. A single heterochromatin boundary element imposes position-independent antisilencing activity in Saccharomyces cerevisiae minichromosomes.

Sangita A Chakraborty

Full Text Available Chromatin boundary elements serve as cis-acting regulatory DNA signals required to protect genes from the effects of the neighboring heterochromatin. In the yeast genome, boundary elements act by establishing barriers for heterochromatin spreading and are sufficient to protect a reporter gene from transcriptional silencing when inserted between the silencer and the reporter gene. Here we dissected functional topography of silencers and boundary elements within circular minichromosomes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We found that both HML-E and HML-I silencers can efficiently repress the URA3 reporter on a multi-copy yeast minichromosome and we further showed that two distinct heterochromatin boundary elements STAR and TEF2-UASrpg are able to limit the heterochromatin spreading in circular minichromosomes. In surprising contrast to what had been observed in the yeast genome, we found that in minichromosomes the heterochromatin boundary elements inhibit silencing of the reporter gene even when just one boundary element is positioned at the distal end of the URA3 reporter or upstream of the silencer elements. Thus the STAR and TEF2-UASrpg boundary elements inhibit chromatin silencing through an antisilencing activity independently of their position or orientation in S. cerevisiae minichromosomes rather than by creating a position-specific barrier as seen in the genome. We propose that the circular DNA topology facilitates interactions between the boundary and silencing elements in the minichromosomes.

5. Solution of Boundary-Value Problems using Kantorovich Method

Gusev, A. A.; Hai, L. L.; Chuluunbaatar, O.; Vinitsky, S. I.; Derbov, V. L.

2016-02-01

We propose a computational scheme for solving the eigenvalue problem for an elliptic differential equation in a two-dimensional domain with Dirichlet boundary conditions. The solution is sought in the form of Kantorovich expansion over the basis functions of one of the independent variables with the second variable treated as a parameter. The basis functions are calculated as solutions of the parametric eigenvalue problem for an ordinary second-order differential equation. As a result, the initial problem is reduced to a boundary-value problem for a set of self-adjoint second-order differential equations for functions of the second independent variable. The discrete formulation of the problem is implemented using the finite element method with Hermite interpolation polynomials. The effciency of the calculation scheme is shown by benchmark calculations for a square membrane with a degenerate spectrum.

6. Solution of Boundary-Value Problems using Kantorovich Method

Gusev A.A.

2016-01-01

Full Text Available We propose a computational scheme for solving the eigenvalue problem for an elliptic differential equation in a two-dimensional domain with Dirichlet boundary conditions. The solution is sought in the form of Kantorovich expansion over the basis functions of one of the independent variables with the second variable treated as a parameter. The basis functions are calculated as solutions of the parametric eigenvalue problem for an ordinary second-order differential equation. As a result, the initial problem is reduced to a boundary-value problem for a set of self-adjoint second-order differential equations for functions of the second independent variable. The discrete formulation of the problem is implemented using the finite element method with Hermite interpolation polynomials. The effciency of the calculation scheme is shown by benchmark calculations for a square membrane with a degenerate spectrum.

7. Immersed boundary methods for viscoelastic particulate flows

Krishnan, Sreenath; Shaqfeh, Eric; Iaccarino, Gianluca

2015-11-01

Viscoelastic particulate suspensions play key roles in many energy applications. Our goal is to develop a simulation-based tool for engineering such suspensions. This study is concerned with fully resolved simulations, wherein all flow scales associated with the particle motion are resolved. The present effort is based on Immersed Boundary methods, in which the domain grids do not conform to particle geometry. In this approach, the conservation of momentum equations, which include both Newtonian and non-Newtonian stresses, are solved over the entire domain including the region occupied by the particles. The particles are defined on a separate Lagrangian mesh that is free to move over an underlying Eulerian grid. The development of an immersed boundary forcing technique for moving bodies within an unstructured-mesh, massively parallel, non-Newtonian flow solver is thus developed and described. The presentation will focus on the numerical algorithm and measures taken to enable efficient parallelization and transfer of information between the underlying fluid grid and the particle mesh. Several validation test cases will be presented including sedimentation under orthogonal shear - a key flow in drilling muds and fracking fluids.

8. A hybrid boundary element-finite element approach to modeling plane wave 3D electromagnetic induction responses in the Earth

Ren, Zhengyong; Kalscheuer, Thomas; Greenhalgh, Stewart; Maurer, Hansruedi

2014-02-01

A novel hybrid boundary element-finite element scheme which is accelerated by an adaptive multi-level fast multipole algorithm is presented to simulate 3D plane wave electromagnetic induction responses in the Earth. The remarkable advantages of this novel scheme are the complete removal of the volume discretization of the air space and the capability of simulating large-scale complicated geo-electromagnetic induction problems. To achieve this goal, first the Galerkin edge-based finite-element method (FEM) using unstructured meshes is adopted to solve the electric field differential equation in the heterogeneous Earth, where arbitrary distributions of conductivity, magnetic permeability and dielectric permittivity are allowed for. Second, the point collocation boundary-element method (BEM) is used to solve a surface integral formula in terms of the reduced electrical vector potential on the arbitrarily shaped air-Earth interface. Third, to avoid explicit storage of the system matrix arising from large-scale problems and to reduce the horrendous time complexity of the product of the system matrix with an initial vector of unknowns, the adaptive multilevel fast multipole method is applied. This leads to a matrix-free form suitable for the application of iterative solvers. Furthermore, a highly sparse problem-dependent preconditioner is developed to significantly reduce the number of iterations used by the iterative solvers. The efficacy of the presented hybrid scheme is verified on two synthetic examples against different numerical techniques such as goal-oriented adaptive finite-element methods. Numerical experiments show that at low frequencies, where the quasi-static approximation is applicable, standard FEM methods prove to be superior to our hybrid BEM-FEM solutions in terms of computational time, because the FEM method requires only a coarse discretization of the air domain and offers an advantageous sparsity of the system matrix. At radio

9. Wet Friction-Elements Boundary Friction Mechanism and Friction Coefficient Prediction

Wang, Yanzhong; Wu, Xiangyu; Wei, Bin

2012-01-01

The friction mechanism for the boundary friction course of friction elements engagement was explicitly expressed. The boundary friction model was built up by the surface topography. The model contained the effect of boundary film, adhesion, plough and lubrication. Based on the model, a coefficient for weakening plough for the lubrication was proposed. The modified model could fit for the working condition of wet friction elements. The friction coefficient as a function curve of rotating speed...

10. CASCADIC MULTIGRID METHODS FOR MORTAR WILSON FINITE ELEMENT METHODS ON PLANAR LINEAR ELASTICITY

陈文斌; 汪艳秋

2003-01-01

Cascadic multigrid technique for mortar Wilson finite element method ofhomogeneous boundary value planar linear elasticity is described and analyzed. Firstthe mortar Wilson finite element method for planar linear elasticity will be analyzed,and the error estimate under L2 and H1 norm is optimal. Then a cascadic multigridmethod for the mortar finite element discrete problem is described. Suitable grid trans-fer operator and smoother are developed which lead to an optimal cascadic multigridmethod. Finally, the computational results are presented.