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Structural Engineering and Mechanics
  Volume 30, Number 4, November10 2008, pages 467-480

Aggregation multigrid method for schur complement system in FE analysis of continuum elements
Jin Hwan Ko and Byung Chai Lee

    An aggregation multigrid method (AMM) is a leading iterative solver in solid mechanics. Recently, AMM is applied for solving Schur Complement system in the FE analysis of shell structures. In this work, an extended application of AMM for solving Schur Complement system in the FE analysis of continuum elements is presented. Further, the performance of the proposed AMM in multiple load cases,
which is a challenging problem for an iterative solver, is studied. The proposed method is developed by combining the substructuring and the multigrid methods. The substructuring method avoids factorizing the full-size matrix of an original system and the multigrid method gives near-optimal convergence. This method is demonstrated for the FE analysis of several elastostatic problems. The numerical results show
better performance by the proposed method as compared to the preconditioned conjugate gradient method. The smaller computational cost for the iterative procedure of the proposed method gives a good
alternative to a direct solver in large systems with multiple load cases.
Key Words
    Schur complement system; aggregation multigrid method; FE analysis; continuum elements; multiple load cases.
Jin Hwan Ko: Dept. of Aerospace information Engineering, Konkuk University, Seoul, 143-701, Korea
Byung Chai Lee: Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejeon, 373-1, Korea

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