[petsc-users] [petsc-maint] Performing a coordinate system rotation for the stiffness matrix

Mark Adams mfadams at lbl.gov
Mon May 31 08:52:39 CDT 2021

On Mon, May 31, 2021 at 9:20 AM Michael Wick <michael.wick.1980 at gmail.com>

> Hi PETSc team:
> I am considering implementing a skew roller boundary condition for my
> elasticity problem. The method is based on this journal paper:
> http://inside.mines.edu/~vgriffit/pubs/All_J_Pubs/18.pdf
> Or you may find the method in the attached Bathe's slides, pages 9 -10.
> Roughly speaking, a (very) sparse matrix T will be created which takes the
> shape [ I, O; O, R], where R is a 3x3 rotation matrix. And the original
> linear problem K U = F will be modified into (T^t K T) (T^t U) = T^t F. In
> doing so, one can enforce a roller boundary condition on a slanted surface.
> I think it can be an easy option if I can generate the T matrix and do two
> matrix multiplications to get T^t K T. I noticed that there is a MatPtAP
> function. Yet, after reading a previous discussion, it seems that this
> function is not designed for this purposes (
> https://lists.mcs.anl.gov/pipermail/petsc-users/2018-June/035477.html).

Yes, and no. It is motivated and optimized for a Galerkin coarse grid
operator for AMG solvers, but it is a projection and it should be fine. If
not, we will fix it.

We try to test our methods of "empty" operators , but I don't know
if MatPtAP has ever been tested for super sparse P. Give it a shot and see
what happens.


> I assume I can only call MatMatMult & MatTransposeMatMult to do this job,
> correct? Is there any existingly PETSc function to do T^t K T in one call?
> Thanks,
> Mike
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