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SfePy: Simple Finite Elements in Python
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SfePy is a software for solving systems of coupled partial differential
equations (PDEs) by the finite element method in 1D, 2D and 3D. It can be
viewed both as black-box PDE solver, and as a Python package which can be
used for building custom applications. The word "simple" means that complex
FEM problems can be coded very easily and rapidly.
SfePy can use many terms to build the PDEs to be solved, see
:ref:`term_overview`. SfePy comes also with a number of examples that can
get you started, check :doc:`examples/gallery`, :doc:`examples` and
:doc:`tutorial`. Some more advanced features are discussed in :doc:`primer`.
Examples of scientific results obtained with the help of SfePy are listed in
:ref:`example_applications`.
SfePy can be used in parallel (work in progress), see
:ref:`solving_problems_in_parallel`.
There is also a preliminary support for the isogeometric analysis,
outlined in :ref:`isogeometric_analysis`.
The easiest way to install SfePy is to use `Anaconda`_, see
:ref:`multi_platform_distributions_notes` in
:ref:`introduction_installation`.
**License:** :doc:`BSD `
Related Projects
----------------
- Semi-automatic generation of finite element meshes from CT/MR scans stored
in the DICOM file format: http://sfepy.org/dicom2fem
- PUCGen (Periodic Unit Cell Generator): https://github.com/sfepy/pucgen
- Utilities to run parametric studies in parallel, and to scoop the output
files produced by the studies into a dataframe:
https://github.com/rc/soops
Citing
------
If you would like to cite the SfePy package in a paper or presentation, the
following references can be used:
- General article:
- Plain text:
Cimrman, R., Lukeš, V., Rohan, E., 2019. Multiscale finite element
calculations in Python using SfePy. Advances in Computational
Mathematics 45, 1897-1921. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10444-019-09666-0
(preprint: https://arxiv.org/abs/1810.00674)
- BibTeX::
@article{Cimrman_Lukes_Rohan_2019,
title = {Multiscale finite element calculations in Python using SfePy},
author = {Cimrman, Robert and Lukeš, Vladimír and Rohan, Eduard},
issn = {1572-9044},
doi = {10.1007/s10444-019-09666-0},
journal = {Advances in Computational Mathematics},
year = 2019,
}
- Performance related data for version 2021.1 and a description of the
multi-linear terms implementation are given in:
- Plain text:
Cimrman, R., 2021. Fast evaluation of finite element weak forms using
python tensor contraction packages. Advances in Engineering Software
159, 103033. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.advengsoft.2021.103033
(preprint: https://arxiv.org/abs/2107.04121)
- BibTeX::
@article{Cimrman_2021,
title = {Fast Evaluation of Finite Element Weak Forms Using Python Tensor Contraction Packages},
author = {Cimrman, Robert},
issn = {0965-9978},
doi = {10.1016/j.advengsoft.2021.103033},
journal = {Advances in Engineering Software},
volume = 159,
year = 2021,
}
- :ref:`example_applications` have links to related scientific articles.
- Other references:
- R. Cimrman. SfePy - write your own FE application. In P. de Buyl
and N. Varoquaux, editors, Proceedings of the 6th European Conference
on Python in Science (EuroSciPy 2013), pages 65–70, 2014.
http://arxiv.org/abs/1404.6391.
- R. Cimrman. Enhancing SfePy with isogeometric analysis. In P. de Buyl
and N. Varoquaux, editors, Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on
Python in Science (EuroSciPy 2014), pages 65–72, 2014.
http://arxiv.org/abs/1412.6407.
Support
-------
Work on SfePy is partially supported by the following ongoing projects:
- project GA21-16406S (Nonlinear Acoustics and Transport Processes in Porous
Periodic Structures) of the Czech Science Foundation, since 2021
- project GA19-04956S (Dynamic and nonlinear behaviour of smart structures;
modelling and optimization) of the Czech Science Foundation, since 2019;
- the European Regional Development Fund-Project "Application of Modern
Technologies in Medicine and Industry"
(No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/17_048/0007280) of the Czech Ministry of
Education, Youth and Sports, since 2018.
See also :doc:`archived_support`.
Manual in PDF
--------------
PDF version of the documentation: :download:`sfepy_manual.pdf`
Indices and tables
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* :ref:`genindex`
* :ref:`modindex`
* :ref:`search`
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