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8.3.2 Failure to converge
FEBio uses an iterative method to solve the nonlinear finite element equations. This means that for each time step the solution for that step is obtained by a succession of iterations, where each iteration brings the model (hopefully) closer to the solution for that step. An iterative method requires a convergence criterium to decide when to stop iterating and FEBio uses no less than three criteria. (In biphasic and multiphasic problems additional convergence criteria are used for the pressure and concentration degrees of freedom.) The convergence norm for each of these criteria is defined by the user in the control section of the input file.
Sometimes it happens that FEBio cannot converge on a time step. We'll take a look at some of the most common causes in the next following sections. Also take a look at possible causes of element inversions above. Sometimes, the issues that cause an element inversion may also manifest themselves in convergence problems before the element actually inverts.
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- Subsubsection 18.104.22.168 No loads applied
- Subsubsection 22.214.171.124 Convergence Tolerance Too Tight
- Subsubsection 126.96.36.199 Forcing convergence
- Subsubsection 188.8.131.52 Problems due to Contact