WIT Press


An Improved DRM Representation Of Partial Derivatives

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/BE020361

Volume

32

Pages

13

Published

2002

Size

513 kb

Author(s)

B Natalini & V Popov

Abstract

The dual reciprocity method (DRM) is one of the most efficient boundary element (BEM) procedures to take the domain integrals to the boundary. The DRM when applied to advection-diffusion problems requires an algorithm to represent the partial derivatives introduced by the convective term. The classical procedure expresses them as a function of the potentials employing an approximation function. The Dual Reciprocity Method Multy-Domain (DRM-MD) is a technique which combines DRM and domain decomposition for a case when the domain is subdivided in a very large number of subregions and the resulting internal mesh pattern looks like a finite element grid. In the DRM-MD the partial derivatives can be represented either in the classical way or as functions of the normal derivatives. In this paper a set of examples of advection-diffusion problems which have been solved using DRM-MD codes with both formulations in first partial derivatives are presented. It is shown that the classical formulation produces large numerical errors when the approximation function is 1 + r, which can be removed with the new approach, and that the classical formulation provides suitable results when the approximation function is the augmented thin plate spline.

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