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A novel direct resolution method for coupled systems in finite element analysis

Abstract : Purpose: This paper aims to propose a novel direct method for indefinite algebraic linear systems. It is well adapted for sparse linear systems, such as those of two-dimensional (2-D) finite elements problems, especially for coupled systems. Design/methodology/approach: The proposed method is developed on an example of an indefinite symmetric matrix. The algorithm of the method is given next, and a comparison between the numbers of operations required by the method and the Cholesky method is also given. Finally, an application on a magnetostatic problem for classical methods (Gauss and Cholesky) shows the relative efficiency of the proposed method. Findings: The proposed method can be used advantageously for 2-D finite elements in stepping methods without using a block decomposition of matrices. Research limitations/implications: This method is advantageous for direct linear solving for 2-D problems, but it is not recommended at this time for three-dimensional problems. Originality/value: The proposed method is the first direct solver for algebraic linear systems proposed since more than a half century. It is not limited for symmetric positive systems such as many of direct and iterative methods.
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Youcef Boutora, Noureddine Takorabet. A novel direct resolution method for coupled systems in finite element analysis. COMPEL: The International Journal for Computation and Mathematics in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Emerald, 2020, 39 (5), pp.1271-1280. ⟨10.1108/COMPEL-01-2020-0032⟩. ⟨hal-03260324⟩



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