Classical numerical methods such as Boundary Element Methods (BEM) have now evolved to a mature state and can provide accurate and reliable predictions in such areas as stress analysis, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics. This maturity, coupled with increasing computer power, means that engineers are now able to tackle simulations of complex character. In particular, the interaction and coupling of different fields and their integration in the overall system analysis and design process can be attempted.
This book features a collection of chapters contributed by researchers currently involved in addressing a range of applications of the BEM to coupled field problems. It also illustrates the trend of employing a variety of solvers, each best suited to the task at hand, in order to tackle coupled multi-phenomena problems encountered in engineering analysis and design.