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A general algorithm for multidimensional Cauchy principal value integrals in the boundary element method. (English) Zbl 0735.73084
Summary: This paper presents a new general method for the direct evaluation of Cauchy principal value integrals in several dimensions, which is an issue of major concern in any boundary element method analysis in applied mechanics. It is shown that the original Cauchy principal value integral can be transformed into an element-by-element sum of regular integrals, each one expressed in terms of intrinsic (local) coordinates. The actual computation can be performed by standard quadrature formulae and can be easily included in any existing computer code. The numerical results demonstrate the accuracy and efficiency of the method, along with its insensitivity to the mesh pattern. This new method has full generality and, therefore, can be applied in any field of applied mechanics. Moreover, there are no restrictions on the numerical implementation, as the singular integrals may be defined on surface elements or internal cells of any order and type.

74S15 Boundary element methods applied to problems in solid mechanics
65R20 Numerical methods for integral equations
45E05 Integral equations with kernels of Cauchy type
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