[CIG-ALL] PyLith 1.3.0
baagaard at gmail.com
Sat Aug 30 18:42:02 PDT 2008
I am pleased to announce the release of PyLith 1.3.0, a finite-element
code designed to solve dynamic elastic problems and quasi-static
viscoelastic problems in tectonic deformation.
This release adds two new time stepping options (nonuniform
user-specified and automatic constitutive model controlled) and
permits specification of an initial stress state. This release also
includes some minor improvements to the Sieve implementation, fixes
one bug, and corrects typos in the manual and installation
instructions. We encourage all users of previous PyLith releases to
switch to this latest release.
You can download the source code and binaries from
Installation instructions are in the bundled README and INSTALL
files, as well as in the User Manual on the web page.
* Time stepping options
In addition to a uniform, user-specified time step, which is the
default, there are two new time-stepping options. The user may
supply a file with nonuniform time steps or, for quasi-static
simulations, the user can request the code to compute the time
step automatically. For the current bulk constitutive models, the
automatically determined time step is independent of the
deformation rate, so it is uniform.
* Initial stresses
Users may optionally supply an initial stress state for each
material via a spatial database. The initial stress state can
balance the gravitational body forces so that the model is in
equilibrium without any deformation. This implementation of an
initial stress state is a prelude to specifying a more complete
initial state for each material, which will be available in a
* Bug fixes
- Fixed labeling of physical properties in output for the Maxwell
viscoelastic and generalized Maxwell viscoelastic materials (mu
and lambda were switched).
MIGRATING FROM VERSION 1.2 TO 1.3
The implementation of different options for controlling the time
step requires adjusting input parameters from those used with PyLith
1.2. The time stepping is now specified under the time-stepping
formulation rather than the problem (i.e., one level deeper).
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