The proposed techniques have been implemented in Fortran 77, and tested on a computer having a DEC Alpha 21164(600 MHz) chip as the CPU.

In FMM, we truncate the infinite series in (3.105),
(3.106), (3.109) and (3.110)
taking 10 terms, or 264 moments, into consideration. Also, we
set the maximum number of boundary elements in a leaf to be 60, since
this number turned out to be the most efficient choice in a separate
parameter study. As regards the integration, we calculate the inner
integrals on the right-hand side of (3.104) and
those on the right-hand side of (3.108) analytically when
direct evaluation is needed. The outer integrals in the right-hand side
of (3.104) and the integrals in (3.53),
(3.54) and (3.106)
are computed numerically with Gaussian quadrature.
Notice that the definition of the belonging of a global boundary element to
a cell in the second step in 3.4.3 makes this calculation easy.
Indeed this definition guarantees that a global boundary element is never
divided between two or more cells. Because of this we never have to deal
with discontinuities of the shape functions in the direct evaluation of the
integrals in (3.112), thus making the use of (3.104)
possible. If a global boundary element with a basis function
had been divided between
adjacent cells *C* and *C*'in (3.112), however, one would have had to deal with an integral
of the form

which is actually divergent since the inner integral includes a singularity proportional to the reciprocal of the distance from the line of discontinuity of .

In the present implementation of the FM-GBIEM the basis functions are chosen to be piecewise linear. With this choice the square root behaviour of the crack opening displacement near the tip is not taken into account. There would be, however, no essential difficulty in including this effect into the analysis.

To solve the discretised integral equation we use the preconditioned
GMRES. As the preconditioner, we use the block diagonal matrix
corresponding to the leaves, following the technique proposed by Nishida
and Hayami[62]. In GMRES we terminate the iteration when the
relative error is less than 10^{-5}. In all the examples to follow
this convergence condition was met after less than 20 iterations.