Stress recovery and error estimation for the scaled boundary finite-element method

Andrew Deeks, J.P. Wolf

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The scaled boundary finite-element method is a novel semi-analytical technique, combining the advantages of the finite element and the boundary element methods with unique properties of its own. This paper develops a stress recovery procedure based on a modal interpretation of the scaled boundary finite-element method solution process, using the superconvergent patch recovery technique. The recovered stresses are superconvergent, and are used to calculate a recovery-type error estimator. A key feature of the procedure is the compatibility of the error estimator with the standard recovery-type finite element estimator, allowing the scaled boundary finite-element method to be compared directly with the finite element method for the first time. A plane strain problem for which an exact solution is available is presented, both to establish the accuracy of the proposed procedures. and to demonstrate the effectiveness of the scaled boundary finite-element method. The scaled boundary finite-element estimator is shown to predict the true error more closely than the equivalent finite element error estimator. Unlike their finite element counterparts, the stress recovery and error estimation techniques work well with unbounded domains and stress singularities. Copyright (C) 2002 John Wiley Sons, Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)557 - 583
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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