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Chapter 9

An Object Oriented Approach to Finite Element Programming

P. Devloo1 and I. Klapka2

1FEC/UNICAMP, São Paulo, Brazil
2SLTAS-ULG, Liège, Belgium

Full Bibliographic Reference for this chapter
P. Devloo, I. Klapka, "An Object Oriented Approach to Finite Element Programming", in B.H.V. Topping, L. Lämmer, (Editors), "High Performance Computing for Computational Mechanics", Saxe-Coburg Publications, Stirlingshire, UK, Chapter 9, pp 155-171, 2000. doi:10.4203/csets.4.9
The basic structure of an object oriented finite element program is presented, identifying the components which form the finite element approximation algorithm as modules. As such the finite element approximation is divided into a geometric approximation, the generation of an interpolation space, the definition of a variational statement and the integration of the stiffness matrix and right hand side. The interaction between the modules then forms a framework for developing finite element algorithms in an object oriented framework.

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