Charlemagne Dinstinguished Lecture Series - Hughes Seminar

Location: SUPER C, 6th floor Generali room

Prof. Thomas J.R. Hughes, Ph.D. - Isogeometric Analysis

Computational and Applied Mathematics, The University of Texas at Austin, USA


Computational geometry has until very recently had little impact upon the numerical solution of partial differential equations. The purpose of this talk is to explore Isogeometric Analysis, in which NURBS (Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines) and T-Splines are employed to construct exact geometric models [1,2] of complex domains. I will review recent progress toward developing integrated Computer Aided Design (CAD)/Finite Element Analysis (FEA) procedures that do not involve traditional mesh generation and geometry clean-up steps, that is, the CAD file is directly utilized as the analysis input file. I will summarize some of the mathematical developments within Isogeometric Analysis that confirm the superior accuracy and robustness of spline-based approximations compared with traditional FEA, and I will present sample applications to problems of solids, structures and fluids.

[1] T.J.R. Hughes, J.A. Cottrell and Y. Bazilevs, Isogeometric Analysis: CAD, Finite Elements, NURBS, Exact Geometry and Mesh Refinement, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 194, (2005) 4135-4195.
[2] J.A. Cottrell, T.J.R. Hughes and Y. Bazilevs, Isogeometric Analysis: Toward Integration of CAD and FEA, Wiley, Chichester, U.K., 2009.