Efficient parallel algorithms for elastic-plastic finite element analysis

K. Z. Ding, Q. H. Qin*, M. Cardew-Hall, S. Kalyanasundaram

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    This paper presents our new development of parallel finite element algorithms for elastic-plastic problems. The proposed method is based on dividing the original structure under consideration into a number of substructures which are treated as isolated finite element models via the interface conditions. Throughout the analysis, each processor stores only the information relevant to its substructure and generates the local stiffness matrix. A parallel substructure oriented preconditioned conjugate gradient method, which is combined with MR smoothing and diagonal storage scheme are employed to solve linear systems of equations. After having obtained the displacements of the problem under consideration, a substepping scheme is used to integrate elastic-plastic stress-strain relations. The procedure outlined controls the error of the computed stress by choosing each substep size automatically according to a prescribed tolerance. The combination of these algorithms shows a good speedup when increasing the number of processors and the effective solution of 3D elastic-plastic problems whose size is much too large for a single workstation becomes possible.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)563-578
    Number of pages16
    JournalComputational Mechanics
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008


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