Encyclopedia of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics

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Boundary-Element Method in Microfluidics

  • Barbaros CetinEmail author
  • Besim Baranoğlu
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27758-0_121-6



The boundary element method (BEM) is a numerical method for solving partial differential equations which are encountered in many engineering disciplines such as solid and fluid mechanics, electromagnetics, and acoustics.


Boundary element method (or boundary integral method) is a numerical tool that is well applied to many linear problems in engineering. There are several advantages of the boundary element method (BEM) over other numerical methods (such as finite element method (FEM)) and some of which are (i) discretization and modeling of only the boundary of the solution domain, (ii) improved solutions in stress concentration problems, (iii) accuracy of the solution regarding that it is a semi-analytical method (the integral equation is obtained using exact solution of the corresponding linear problem; the numerical approach is necessary only for evaluating the resulting integrals), and (iv) the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering DepartmentBilkent UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Manufacturing EngineeringAtılım UniversityAnkaraTurkey