What are boundary elements?

  • Friedel Hartmann
  • Casimir Katz


The boundary element method (BE method) is an integral equation method, or as we could say as well an influence function method. It is based on the fact that in linear problems the boundary values uniquely determine the displacements and stresses inside a structure such as the frame in Fig. 2.1, so that it suffices to discretize the edge with boundary elements only.


Boundary Element Fundamental Solution Influence Function Deflection Curve Soil Pressure 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Friedel Hartmann
    • 1
  • Casimir Katz
    • 2
  1. 1.Civil EngineeringUniversity of KasselKasselGermany
  2. 2.SOFISTIK AGOberschleissheimGermany

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