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Microstructurally Faithful Modelling Of Materials

ParaFEM is a freely available portable library of subroutines for parallel finite element analysis. ParaFEM has demonstrated scalability on HECToR Phase 3 by using the maximum amount of compute resource available (2048*32 cores) to solve a linear elastic analysis problem comprising a grid of over 1 billion points. The overall aim of this dCSE project was to widely extend the range of problems that could be solved with ParaFEM on HECToR, and to enable improved microstructurally-faithful models of materials by the following work:

  • Several new user-defined material property subroutines (UMATs) will be implemented and optimised in ParaFEM. The UMATs are Fortran 90 subroutines that implement a specific material behaviour such as linear elasticity or strain hardening plasticity.
  • The visualisation capabilities of ParaFEM will be developed by enabling the ParaFEM-Viewer to use ParaView, for performing parallel visualisation and I/O on larger datasets.

Please see PDF for a report which summarises this work.