Parallel frontal solution for large-scale structural analysis

E. M. Lui, W. P. Zhang

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A methodology for large-scale structural analysis using a parallel frontal solution algorithm is developed and implemented on the Alliant FX/80 Multiple Instructions Multiple Data (MIMD) parallel computer. In this solution scheme the well-known frontal method of finite element analysis is adapted to a parallel environment. In a frontal method, the joint assembly and elimination processes are carried out simultaneously. A degree-of-freedom is eliminated from the system equations as soon as the stiffness contributions from all adjacent elements to that degree-of-freedom have been accounted for. Since the global stiffness matrix is never formed, the amount of core storage requirement is small and large-scale structures can be analyzed efficiently.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProc 10 Conf Electron Comput
EditorsOktay Ural, Ton-Lo Wang
PublisherPubl by ASCE
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)0872628027
StatePublished - 1991
EventProceedings of the 10th Conference on Electronic Computation - Indianapolis, IN, USA
Duration: Apr 29 1991May 1 1991

Publication series

NameProc 10 Conf Electron Comput


OtherProceedings of the 10th Conference on Electronic Computation
CityIndianapolis, IN, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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