Finite element matrices in congruent subdomains and their effective use for large-scale computations

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Abstract

The structure of finite element matrices in congruent subdomains is studied. When a domain has a form of symmetries and/or periodicities, it is decomposed into a union of congruent subdomains, each of which is an image of a reference subdomain by an affine transformation with an orthogonal matrix whose components consist of -1, 0, and 1. Stiffness matrices in subdomains are expressed by one in the reference subdomain with renumbering indices and changing signs corresponding to the orthogonal matrices. The memory requirements for a finite element solver are reduced by the domain decomposition, which is useful in large-scale computations. Reducing rates of memory requirements to store matrices are reported with examples of domains. Both applicability and limitations of the algorithm are discussed with an application to the Earth's mantle convection problem.

Journal

  • International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering

    International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 62(13), 1807-1831, 2005-01-11

    Faculty of Mathematics, Kyushu University

Codes

  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    120000981469
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA0068067X
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • Article Type
    journal article
  • ISSN
    0029-5981
  • Data Source
    IR 
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