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A fictitious domain method using equilibrated basis functions for harmonic and bi-harmonic problems in Physic

N.Noormohammadi, B.Boroomand

Journal of Computational Physics (2014)



In this paper we present a new meshless method to solve well-known problems in physics and engineering with either constant or variable material properties in 2D space. Harmonic and bi-harmonic problems are considered in this paper.  The method constructs a set of basis functions, called Equilibrated Basis Functions (EqBFs), through a weighted residual integration over a fictitious domain embedding the main one. The bases can satisfy the governing partial differential equations approximately. Chebyshev polynomials of the first kind are employed to construct the EqBFs and exponential functions are used as the weights in the integrals. The parameters of the solution are arranged so that all the integrals can be decomposed into much simpler 1D ones over a normalized interval, which reduces the computational efforts significantly. The validity of the results is examined through an extended patch test.  A set of physical sample problems with variable/ non-variable material properties; as the potential flow over a cylinder, steady-state heat conduction problems in an anisotropic inhomogeneous functionally graded material, stokes flow through a channel of finite width obstructed by periodic cylinders, and the bending of thin elastic plates having variable thickness are solved to demonstrate the capabilities of the method.

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