Meshless methods: A review and computer implementation aspects

Vinh Phu Nguyen, Timon Rabczuk, Stéphane Bordas, Marc Duflot

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    The aim of this manuscript is to give a practical overview of meshless methods (for solid mechanics) based on global weak forms through a simple and well-structured MATLAB code, to illustrate our discourse. The source code is available for download on our website and should help students and researchers get started with some of the basic meshless methods; it includes intrinsic and extrinsic enrichment, point collocation methods, several boundary condition enforcement schemes and corresponding test cases. Several one and two-dimensional examples in elastostatics are given including weak and strong discontinuities and testing different ways of enforcing essential boundary conditions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)763-813
    Number of pages51
    JournalMathematics and Computers in Simulation
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008


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