In the design of engineering structures, numerical simulations play an increasingly important role. This can be attributed to the rapid advances in computational power and software quality and the resulting decrease in the costs of computer simulations, as compared to the high costs and/or practical difficulties of experiments. However, to supplement or even replace experiments, numerical simulations have to fulfil strong requirements on efficiency, accuracy, and reliability. Whether these requirements can be met depends not only upon the physical and mathematical model that we choose for the real system we want to simulate, but also upon the choice of a proper simulation tool — e.g., the Boundary Element Method — and our skills in using it.
KeywordsFinite Element Method Weighting Function Boundary Element Fundamental Solution Boundary Element Method
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