Scaled boundary FEM solution of short-crested wave diffraction by a vertical cylinder

Longbin Tao, Hao Song, Subrata Chakrabarti

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The scaled boundary finite-element method (SBFEM) is a novel semi-analytical method developed in the elasto-statics and elasto-dynamics areas that has the advantages of combining the finite-element method with the boundary-element method. The SBFEM method weakens the governing differential equation in the circumferential direction and solves the weakened equation analytically in the radial direction. It has the inherent advantage of solving the unbounded fluid dynamic problem. In this paper, the boundary-value problem composed of short-crested waves diffracted by a vertical circular cylinder is solved by SBFEM. Only the cylinder boundary is discretized with curved surface finite-elements on the circumference of the cylinder, while the radial differential equation is solved completely analytically. The computation of the diffraction force based on the present SBFEM solution demonstrates a high accuracy achieved with a small number of surface finite elements. The method can be extended to solve more complex wave-structure interaction problems resulting in direct engineering applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-242
Number of pages11
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007


  • scaled boundary finite-element method
  • short-crested wave
  • unbounded domain
  • vertical cylinder
  • wave diffraction
  • elasto-statics
  • elasto-dynamics


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