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Uncertainty of FEM Solutions Using a Nonlinear Least Squares Fit Method and a Design of Experiments Approach

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Author(s)

Jeffrey T. Fong, Nathanael A. Heckert, James J. Filliben, Pedro V. Marcal, Robert Rainsberger

Abstract

Uncertainty in COMSOL finite element simulations due to (a) mesh-induced truncation errors, and (b) model parameter uncertainties, is estimated using a nonlinear least squares logistic distribution fit method, and a design-of-experiments approach, respectively. Examples to illustrate both approaches are given using the COMSOL Structural Mechanics module (stress analysis of a wrench), the COMSOL RF module (application of an MRI RF coil design), and other general-purpose FEM software packages. Significance and limitations of both methods are presented and discussed.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of 2015 COMSOL Users' Conference, Boston, MA, Oct. 7-9, 2015
Conference Dates
October 7-9, 2015
Conference Location
Boston, MA

Keywords

Design of Experiments, Finite Element Method, Logistic function, Nonlinear Least Squares Fit Method, Uncertainty Quantification.

Citation

Fong, J. , Heckert, N. , Filliben, J. , Marcal, P. and Rainsberger, R. (2015), Uncertainty of FEM Solutions Using a Nonlinear Least Squares Fit Method and a Design of Experiments Approach, Proceedings of 2015 COMSOL Users' Conference, Boston, MA, Oct. 7-9, 2015, Boston, MA, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=919592 (Accessed June 18, 2024)

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Created October 7, 2015, Updated May 18, 2020