2009 Winter Project Week Hageman FEMSolverLib

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Key Investigators

  • UCLA: Nathan Hageman
  • Isomics: Steve Pieper
  • UIowa: Vince Magnotta, Nicole Grosland
  • Mario Negri: Luca Antiga
  • Kitware: Luis Ibanez

Objective

Finite element method (FEM) and finite volume method (FVM) approaches are common ways to obtain numerical estimates to differential equations which do not lend themselves to analytical solutions. These varied methods can be computationally difficult and time-consuming to code and optimize. Therefore, a library of standard algorithmic approaches would save redundant effort and help to standardize approaches. The goal of this project is to develop and compile these methods within an ITK-compatible framework and make them available for use to the general scientific community.


Approach, Plan

  • Creation of an FEM/FVM solver library within ITK from which standard FEM/FVM methods can be used
  • Above FEM/FVM library will allow users to create novel methods derived from standard approaches
  • Creation of Slicer module that provides a GUI for FEM/FVM solvers

Progress

  • Preliminary coding/planning of FVM ITK class
  • Commitment to continue class/module development via inclusion as part of weekly engineering tcons


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