Complex-Geometry IGA Mesh Generation: application to structural vibrations

Elizaveta Wobbes, Yuri Bazilevs*, Takashi Kuraishi, Yuto Otoguro, Kenji Takizawa, Tayfun E. Tezduyar

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


We present an isogeometric analysis (IGA) framework for structural vibrations involving complex geometries. The framework is based on the Complex-Geometry IGA Mesh Generation (CGIMG) method. The CGIMG process is flexible and can accommodate, without a major effort, challenging complex-geometry applications in computational mechanics. To demonstrate how the new IGA framework significantly increases the computational effectiveness, in a set of structural-vibration test computations, we compare the accuracies attained by the IGA and finite element (FE) method as the number of degrees-of-freedom is increased. The results show that the NURBS meshes lead to faster convergence and higher accuracy compared to both linear and quadratic FE meshes. The clearly defined IGA mesh generation process and significant per-degree-of-freedom accuracy advantages of IGA over FE discretization make IGA more accessible, reliable, and attractive in applications of both academic and industrial interest. We note that the accuracy of a structural mechanics discretization, which may be assessed through eigenfrequency analysis, plays an important role in the overall accuracy of fluid–structure interaction computations.

Original languageEnglish
JournalComputational Mechanics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024


  • Complex-geometry IGA
  • Complex-geometry IGA mesh generation
  • Complex-geometry NURBS mesh generation
  • Complex-geometry isogeometric analysis
  • Per-degree-of-freedom accuracy
  • Structural vibrations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


Dive into the research topics of 'Complex-Geometry IGA Mesh Generation: application to structural vibrations'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this