Coming Soon: Open-Source for stressRefine and Free P-Fea Course

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Take the new free P-Fea course to learn what’s “under the hood”

Open-Source stressRefine

I am busy making the source code for stressRefine available opensource. It is free for academic, research, and engineering use per the GNU open-source General Public License ( The source will be available in several versions:

  • Simple Version: does analysis of full FEA meshes only. This version does not do “breakout” (local region analysis). The elements and solver bookkeeping are simplified to be more easily readable, and are not implemented in parallel. This version is less efficient, but is recommended for starting out to understand the concepts
  • Intermediate Versions: Same as simple, but the elements and solver bookkeeping are optimized and implemented in parallel (multi-threaded using openMP).
  • Full Version: Same as intermediate version but also does “breakout” (local region analysis).

The above 3 versions are in the form of a single project that builds an executable. They are presented in Microsoft Visual Studio C++ projects, using the intel MKL library and the sparse solver pardiso included with it. I am also working on making versions available with Linux.

These versions are for users who want to use and customize a pre-existing code, or get stressRefine to run on a different platform. But I’d also like to support users who want to work p-adaptivity into your own codes. To this end, I’ll also be making the p-adaptive support routines available in a library. Be calling this library for support, you can easily convert existing conventional isoparametric elements to p elements. It is my hope that the library will alleviate the need to “reinvent the wheel” to create p-elements. A lot of the grunt work, for example of calculating 3D polynomial basis functions and assuring continuity across element and face boundaries is automatically done by the library. Students, developers and researchers can concentrate on more fun aspects like new error estimation techniques or novel applications.

Free Course

I’m also introducing a new free course. If you look at the menu at the top you’ll see it now has “course: P-Fea” . The course is intended to teach students and developers who want to learn how to write a p-adaptive code using the stressRefine library. It will start with the theory behind p-adaptivity, then take you through the practical aspects of creating p-adaptive elements using the library, and writing analysis routines that do p-adaptive analysis. It will continue on to show how to do analysis of local regions. This will all be presented first with simplified elements and solution assembly routines, then I’ll cover some code optimization and parallelization.

All three full executable versions will be available for upload by Friday, along with the first course lesson. The simple version in library form will be available by the end of next week.

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