A multi-frontal parallel algorithm for coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical analysis of deforming porous media

Wang Xicheng, B. A. Schrefler

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Abstract

In this paper, a multi-frontal parallel algorithm is developed to solve fully coupled heat, water and gas flow in deformable porous media. The mathematical model makes use of the modified effective stress concept together with the capillary pressure relationship and takes phase change and latent heat transfer into account. The chosen macroscopic field variables are displacement, capillary pressure, gas pressure and temperature. The parallel program is developed on a cluster of workstations. The PVM (Parallel Virtual Machine) system is used to handle communications among networked workstations. The multi-frontal method has advantages such as numbering of the finite element mesh in an arbitrary manner, simple programming organization, smaller core requirements and shorter computation times. An implementation of this parallel method on workstations is discussed. The speedup and efficiency of this method is demonstrated and compared with a general domain decomposition method based on band matrix methods by numerical examples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1069-1083
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Volume43
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 30 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Engineering(all)
  • Applied Mathematics

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