A New Iterative Solver for Higher-Order Elements in the Analysis of Solids
In many analyses of solids, the free-form meshing in ADINA is used with 3D tetrahedral elements. Then it is desirable to employ the 10-node or 11-node tetrahedral elements. These higher-order elements give much better stress predictions than the In these cases, frequently in nonlinear analysis 1 to 5 million equations need to be solved. Solutions using any direct sparse solver can then be very demanding, in terms of the solution time, memory and disk storage used. We have developed a new iterative solver for ADINA 8.4 for such finite element systems. The iterative solver is effective when - Systems of 1 to 5 million equations are solved;
- Mostly
10-node (11-node) tetrahedral elements and20-node (27-node ) brick elements are used in the mesh;
- Otherwise all other elements and material models, and the contact solution algorithms in ADINA can be used.
The figures below show the meshes and analysis statistics of two example solutions. It should be noted that the analyses include contact conditions, and while mostly higher-order solid elements were used, the models also contained some other structural elements. Surely, the new iterative solver will be very useful in many linear and nonlinear analyses.
Computer: Dell PC running Linux with two EM64T 3.2 GHz processors and 6 GB RAM
Computer: Dell PC running Linux with two EM64T 3.2 GHz processors and 6 GB RAM |