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Benchmarking preconditioned boundary integral formulations for acoustics.

Wout, EV; Haqshenas, SR; Gélat, P; Betcke, T; Saffari, N; (2021) Benchmarking preconditioned boundary integral formulations for acoustics. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 10.1002/nme.6777. (In press).

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Abstract

The boundary element method (BEM) is an efficient numerical method for simulating harmonic wave propagation. It uses boundary integral formulations of the Helmholtz equation at the interfaces of piecewise homogeneous domains. The discretization of its weak formulation leads to a dense system of linear equations, which is typically solved with an iterative linear method such as GMRES. The application of BEM to simulating wave propagation through large-scale geometries is only feasible when compression and preconditioning techniques reduce the computational footprint. Furthermore, many different boundary integral equations exist that solve the same boundary value problem. The choice of preconditioner and boundary integral formulation is often optimized for a specific configuration, depending on the geometry, material characteristics, and driving frequency. On the one hand, the design flexibility for the BEM can lead to fast and accurate schemes. On the other hand, efficient and robust algorithms are difficult to achieve without expert knowledge of the BEM intricacies. This study surveys the design of boundary integral formulations for acoustics and their acceleration with operator preconditioners. Extensive benchmarks provide valuable information on the computational characteristics of several hundred different models for multiple reflection and transmission of acoustic waves.

Type: Article
Title: Benchmarking preconditioned boundary integral formulations for acoustics.
DOI: 10.1002/nme.6777
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/nme.6777
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Integral equations; acoustics; linear solvers
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10131251
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