Interactive three-dimensional boundary element stress analysis of components in aircraft structures

T. M. Foster*, M. S. Mohamed, J. Trevelyan, G. Coates, S. H. Spence, S. K. Walker

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Computer aided design of mechanical components is an iterative process that often involves multiple stress analysis runs; this can be time consuming and expensive. Significant efficiency improvements can be made by increasing interactivity at the conceptual design stage. One approach is through real-time re-analysis of models with continuously updating geometry. Thus each run can benefit from an existing mesh and governing boundary element matrix that are similar to the updated geometry. For small problems, amenable to real-time analysis, re-integration accounts for the majority of the re-analysis time. This paper assesses how efficiency can be achieved during re-integration through both algorithmic and hardware based methods. For models with fewer than 10,000 degrees of freedom, the proposed algorithm performs up to five times faster than a standard integration scheme. An additional six times speed is achieved on eight cores over the serial implementation. By combining this work with previously addressed meshing and solution schemes, real-time re-analysis becomes a reality for small three-dimensional problems. Significant acceleration of larger systems is also achieved. This work demonstrates the viability of application in the aerospace industry where rapid validation of a range of similar models is an essential tool for optimising aircraft designs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-200
Number of pages11
JournalEngineering Analysis with Boundary Elements
Early online date19 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015


  • Keywords Boundary element method (BEM) Interactive Re-analysis Re-integration


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