Industrial Application of the Boundary Element System BETSY
Besides the Finite Element Method (FEM), the Boundary Element Method (BEM) is becoming an ever more powerful calculation tool, even for smaller engineering offices. Nevertheless, this method cannot replace the FEM. Both methods are supplementary to each other. Therefore an employer has to consider the fields of application, the advantages and disadvantages of the system as well as the efficiency. The latter depends not only on the purchase or rent of software but also on the kind of hardware which is necessary. On the other side, it will be possible to reduce costs by processing problems with a more suitable software tool. The following discussion may assist in coming to a decision.
KeywordsFinite Element Method Boundary Element Boundary Element Method Crack Problem Symmetric Structure
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