The Boundary Element Method in Engineering Practice

by C. A. Brebbia, Wessex Inst of Technology, Southampton, United Kingdom,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Mechanics Computing in 1990's and Beyond


The advances in computer aided engineering has revolutionised many aspects of the engineering design in the last twenty years or so. During this time, design engineers have relied heavily on the finite element method (FEM). However, the FEM has the disadvantage that new design options are difficult to implement. The BFM method instead is an ideal tool for CAE and CAD mainly because it allows the design engineer to create models automatically, perform the analysis rapidly and carry out easily the modifications needed to achieve an optimum design. Because of this and other advantages of BEM, the technique is expected to develop much further during the next decade and become a widely accepted tool for engineering design.

Subject Headings: Boundary element method | Computer aided design | Engineering profession | Finite element method | Mathematical models | Decision support systems | Automation and robotics | Mathematics

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