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A general algorithm for the numerical evaluation of nearly singular boundary integrals of various orders for two- and three-dimensional elasticity. (English) Zbl 1128.74343
Summary: A general algorithm of the distance transformation type is presented in this paper for the accurate numerical evaluation of nearly singular boundary integrals encountered in elasticity, which, next to the singular ones, has long been an issue of major concern in computational mechanics with boundary element methods. The distance transformation is realized by making use of the distance functions, defined in the local intrinsic coordinate systems, which plays the role of damping-out the near singularity of integrands resulting from the very small distance between the source and the integration points. By taking advantage of the divergence-free property of the integrals with the nearly hypersingular kernels in the 3D case, a technique of geometric conversion over the auxiliary cone surfaces of the boundary element is designed, which is suitable also for the numerical evaluation of the hypersingular boundary integrals. The effects of the distance transformations are studied and compared numerically for different orders in the 2D case and in the different local systems in the 3D case using quadratic boundary elements. It is shown that the proposed algorithm works very well, by using standard Gaussian quadrature formulae, for both the 2D and 3D elastic problems.

74S15 Boundary element methods applied to problems in solid mechanics
74B05 Classical linear elasticity
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