Boundary Element Technique in Elastostatics and Linear Fracture Mechanics

Theory and Engineering Applications
Part of the CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 301)


The theoretical fondations and some engineering applications of the direct Boundary Element Method (BEM) are presented for the case of linear elastostatics including thermal loading and commonly encountered body forces like gravity and centrifugal forces. In plane case problems the classical formulation contains two eigenvalues, hence the solution is non-unique. Two different solution techniques are proposed to avoid this difficulty.

The computation of stress intensity factors (SIF) represents one of the most attractive application areas for BEM. A variety of interesting techniques have been developed in order to derive accurate results. After a brief introduction to the basic SIF-concept of linear Fracture Mechanics some of these techniques are discussed.


Stress Intensity Factor Body Force Boundary Element Method Stress Intensity Factor Boundary Integral Equation Method 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Kuhn
    • 1
  1. 1.Universität ErlangenNurembergGermany

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