A Novel Displacement Gradient Boundary Element Method for Elastic Stress Analysis With High Accuracy

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H. Okada, H. Rajiyah, S. N. Atluri

Center for Advancement of Computational Mechanics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0356

J. Appl. Mech 55(4), 786-794 (Dec 01, 1988) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3173723 History: Received March 14, 1988; Revised June 23, 1988; Online July 21, 2009


The boundary element method (BEM) in current usage, is based on the displacement boundary integral equation. The current practice of computing stresses in the BEM involves the use of a two-tier approach: (i) numerical differentiation of the displacement field at the boundary, and (ii) analytical differentiation of the displacement integral equation at the source point in the interior. A new direct integral equation for the displacement gradient is proposed here, to obviate this two-tier approach. The new direct boundary integral equation for displacement gradients has a lower order singularity than in the standard formulation, and is quite tractable from a numerical view point. Numerical results are presented to illustrate the advantages of the present approach.

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