On using enriched cover function in the partition-of-unity method for singular boundary-value problems
Lee, Chi King
Fan, S. C.
Date of Issue2002
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Amongst the various approaches of ‘meshless’ method, the Partition-ofunity concept married with the traditional finite-element method, namely PUFEM, has emerged to be competitive in solving the boundary-value problems. It inherits most of the advantages from both techniques except that the beauty of being ‘meshless’ vanishes. This paper presents an alternative approach to solve singular boundary-value problems. It follows the basic PUFEM procedures. The salient feature is to enhance the quality of the influence functions, either over one single nodal cover or multi-nodal-covers. In the vicinity of the singularity, available asymptotic analytical solution is employed to enrich the influence function. The beauty of present approach is that it facilitates easy replacement of the influence functions. In other words, it favors the ‘influence-function refinement’ procedure in a bid to search for more accurate solutions. It is analogous to the ‘p-version refinement’ in the traditional finite-element procedures. The present approach can yield very accurate solution without adopting refined meshes. As a result, the quantities around the singularity can be evaluated directly once the nodal values are solved. No additional post-processing is needed. Firstly, the formulation of the present PUFEM approach is described. Subsequently, illustrative examples show the application to three classical singular benchmark problems having various orders of singularity. Results obtained through mesh refinements, singlenodal- cover refinements or multi-nodal-cover refinements are compared.
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© 2002 Springer-Verlag. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Computational Mechanics, Springer-Verlag. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00466-002-0335-x].