The Hybrid Boundary Element Method: An Alliance Between Mechanical Consistency and Simplicity

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N. A. Dumont

Department of Civil Engineering, Pontifical Catholic University, 22453 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Appl. Mech. Rev 42(11S), S54-S63 (Nov 01, 1989) doi:10.1115/1.3152408 History: Online June 03, 2009


The most important features of a new numerical method are outlined. The mechanical, or variational consistency of the hybrid finite element method is extended to the conventional boundary element formulation, giving rise to naturally established symmetric force-displacement relations. The computational effort for the complete solution of a given problem, according to this method, is in some cases only a small fraction of the effort needed with traditional methods. This paper also outlines briefly the types of analyses which may be advantageously performed with this new method, many of which are already being implemented by the author and co-workers. Some numerical examples are provided.

Copyright © 1989 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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