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Diagonal scaling of stiffness matrices in the Galerkin boundary element method

Ainsworth, Mark; Mclean, B; Tran, T

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A boundary integral equation of the first kind is discretised using Galerkin's method with piecewise-constant trial functions. We show how the condition number of the stiffness matrix depends on the number of degrees of freedom and on the global mesh ratio. We also show that diagonal scaling eliminates the latter dependence. Numerical experiments confirm the theory, and demonstrate that in practical computations involving strong local mesh refinement, diagonal scaling dramatically improves the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2000
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/90538
Source: ANZIAM Journal

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