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Title: The coupled dual boundary element-scaled boundary finite element method for efficient fracture mechanics
Author: Bird, Gareth Edward
ISNI:       0000 0004 2734 7805
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2012
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A novel numerical method is presented for applications to general fracture mechanics problems in engineering. The coupled dual boundary element-scaled boundary finite element method (DBE-SBFEM) incorporates the numerical accuracy of the SBFEM and the geometric versatility of the DBEM. Background theory, detailed derivations and literature reviews accompany the extensions made to the methods constituents necessary for their coupling as part of the present work. The coupled DBE-SBFEM, its constituent components and their application to linear elastic fracture mechanics are critically assessed and presented with numerical examples to demonstrate both method convergence and improvements over previous work. Further, a proof of concept demonstrates an alternative formation of the DBEM that both negates the need for hyper-singular integration and lends itself to a wider variety of imposed boundary conditions. Conclusions to this work are drawn and further recommendations for research in this area are made.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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