in Computational Mechanics

** Zdenek Bittnar, Jaroslav Kruis, Jirí
Nemecek, Borek Patzák, Daniel Rypl
Department of Structural Mechanics
Faculty of Civil Engineering
Czech Technical University in Prague
Thákurova 7, 166 29 Prague, Czech Republic**

The Finite Element Method is a powerful numerical method for solving
partial differential equations. It is widely used in many fields in civil,
mechanical, biomechanical, aerospace, and electrical engineering. Using
this method the engineer can simulate the thermo-chemo-hydro
mechanical behaviour of solids, fluids, and structures. In many cases,
these calculations are frequently very time demanding, especially when
the underlying models are non-linear and three-dimensional. Typical
examples are the simulation of crack growth which requires up to
several weeks of computing time, and most of the problems in multi-physics.
The typical trouble in these cases is ill-conditioning of governing equations.
Since several of these simulations are required to evaluate a numerical
model or structural design, it is necessary to speed up the
computations. An attractive way to achieve this speed up is the use of
parallel algorithms.

- Introduction
- Material Modeling
- Parallel Computing
- Examples
- Conclusions
- Acknowledgments
- Bibliography
- Figures
- Tables

*Daniel Rypl
2005-12-03*