Modelling Heat Transfer Using Adaptive Finite Elements, Boundary Elements And Meshless Methods
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D W Pepper, C S Chen & J Li
While many numerical schemes exist for solving heat transfer problems, several numerical techniques have become particularly attractive and of interest to the modeling community. Finite element methods that use some form of adaptation (h- and/or p-adaptation), boundary elements, and meshless methods are three schemes that are especially promising. In this study, solutions obtained using a finite element scheme that employs h-adaptation are compared with boundary element and meshless methods for several heat transfer test problems. Each method has its merits and deficiencies. Additional infomation can be found on the web site http://www.unlv.edulResearch Centers/NCACM.