Partitioned solution procedures for direct time integration of second-order coupled-field systems are studied from the standpoint of accuracy. These procedures are derived by three formulation steps: implicit integration of coupled governing equations, partitioning of resulting algebraic systems and extrapolation on the right-hand partition. It is shown that the combined effect of partition, extrapolation, and computational paths governs the choice of stable extrapolators and preservation of rigid-body motions. Stable extrapolators for various computational paths are derived and implementation-extrapolator combinations which preserve constant-velocity and constant-acceleration rigid-body motions are identified. A spectral analysis shows that the primary error source introduced by a stable partition is frequency distortion. Finally, as a guide to practical applications, the advantages and shortcomings of five specific partitions are discussed.

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