An HR-method of mesh refinement for boundary element method

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Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics


This paper describes a mesh refinement technique for boundary element method in which the number of elements, the size of elements and the element end location are determined iteratively in order to obtain a user specified accuracy. The method uses L1 norm as a measure of error in the density function and a grading function that ensures that error over each element is the same. The use of grading function along with L1 norm makes the mesh refinement technique applicable to Direct and Indirect boundary element method formulation for a variety of boundary element method applications. Numerical problems in elastostatics, fracture mechanics, and bending of plate solved using Direct and Indirect method in which the density functions are approximated by Linear Lagrange, Quadratic Lagrange or Cubic Hermite polynomials validate the effectiveness of the proposed mesh refinement technique.

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© 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Publisher’s version of record:<979::AID-NME451>3.0.CO;2-J

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International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering