Elastodynamic boundary element method for piecewise homogeneous media

B. Birgisson, Steven L Crouch

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A general higher-order formulation for the time domain elastodynamic direct boundary element method is presented for computing the transient displacements and stresses in multiply connected two-dimensional solids. The displacement and traction interpolation functions are linear in time and quadratic in space. All integrations are analytical, and are expressed in terms of twelve basic recurring integrals. Causality is ensured by integrating only over the dynamically active parts of each element, and the algorithm presented is time-marching and implicit. The use of analytical integrations allows both unbounded and bounded domain problems to be solved without having to introduce special enclosing elements. All of these improved features allow for a formulation that is very efficient and accurate. The stability and accuracy of the elastodynamic boundary element algorithm is demonstrated by solving several example problems and comparing the results with available analytical and numerical solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1045-1069
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 30 1998


  • Analytical integration
  • Boundary elements
  • Elastodynamics
  • Higher order
  • Multi-domain


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