Abstract

The elliptic problem with a nonlocal boundary condition is widely applied in the field of science and engineering, such as the chaotic system. Firstly, we construct one high-accuracy difference scheme for a kind of elliptic problem by tactfully introducing an equivalent relation for one nonlocal condition. Then, we obtain the local truncation error equation by the Taylor formula and, initially, prove that the new scheme can reach the asymptotic optimal error estimate in the maximum norm through ingeniously transforming a two-dimensional problem to a one-dimensional one through bringing in the discrete Fourier transformation. Numerical experiments demonstrate the correctness of theoretical results.

1. Introduction

Nonlocal boundary value problems have certainly been one of the fastest growing areas in various application fields, such as chaos, chemistry, biology, and physics [17]. Some researchers are interested in numerical methods mainly including finite difference methods, finite element methods, finite volume methods, and other methods [816]. Many people have paid close attention to the finite difference method for stationary problems, for instance, the Poisson equation [1722]. Recently, Zhai et al. put forward some compact four-order and six-order difference schemes for a 2-D Poisson equation but lack theoretical analysis [17]. Some people have studied nonlinear elliptic problems with a nonlocal boundary condition. In 2016, Themistoclakis and Vecchio studied a nonlinear boundary value problem involving a nonlocal operator and proposed a classical numerical algorithm to solve the algebraic system by means of some iterative procedures [18]. Cannon developed a numerical method for a homogeneous, nonlinear, nonlocal, elliptic boundary value problem and proved the existence and uniqueness by a continuous compact mapping and the Brouwer fixed point theorem [19]. Pao and Wang concerned with some numerical methods for a fourth-order semilinear elliptic boundary value problem with nonlocal boundary condition. The fourth-order equation was formulated as a coupled system of two second-order equations which were discretized by the finite difference method [20]. Based on fast discrete Sine transform, Wang et al. designed a fast solver to implement a fourth-order compact finite difference scheme for 1-D, 2-D, and 3-D Poisson equations [21]. Islam et al. developed a collocation method based on the Haar wavelet and a meshless method by analyzing for the solution of a two-dimensional Poisson equation with two different types of nonlocal boundary conditions [22].

Other researchers are interested in parabolic problems [2327]. Ivanauskas et al. discussed the spectrum of a finite difference operator subject to nonlocal Robin-type boundary conditions and analyzed the spectral properties of finite difference schemes for parabolic equations and also discussed alternating direction methods and constructed some weighted splitting finite difference scheme [2325]. In 2011, Ismailov et al. investigated the inverse problem of finding a time-dependent heat source in a parabolic equation with a nonlocal boundary and integral over determination conditions and showed the existence, uniqueness, and continuous dependence upon the data of the solution by using the generalized Fourier method [26, 27]. However, with the scope of the authors’ knowledge, there are few literatures that both presented some high-accuracy schemes and showed a theoretical proof for a 2-D elliptic problem with two nonlocal conditions and, furthermore, displayed the corresponding numerical tests. It urges us to go deeply into this problem.

In the present paper, the first novel idea is that we ingeniously construct one high-accuracy difference scheme for a kind of elliptic problem with two nonlocal boundary conditions by introducing an equivalent relations for one nonlocal condition when the solution . The local truncation error equation is obtained by the Taylor formula. The second one is that we initially prove that it is convergent with an asymptotic optimal convergent order of two through tactful transforming a two-dimensional problem to a one-dimensional one by bringing in the discrete Fourier transformation. Numerical tests confirm the correctness of theoretical results.

The remainder of this paper is organized as follows. In section 2, we display the model problem and its discrete scheme. In section 3, we present error estimate by the discrete Fourier transformation. In section 4, we display numerical experiments to support our conclusions. Finally, we draw some conclusions from this paper.

2. The Model Problem and the Difference Scheme

We consider the following second-order elliptic problem with local and nonlocal boundary conditions:where are some given smooth functions and is a constant.

To be convenient to discretize the nonlocal boundary, we present an equivalent relation as follows.

Lemma 1. Assume that the solution in Problem (1) and that functions satisfy consistent properties as follows:and then, the boundary condition is equivalent to the following nonlocal boundary condition:

Proof. Integrating two sides of equation (1) about the variable over the interval and noticing that condition , we haveThat is,On the other hand, when Condition (3) holds, together with equation (1), we can obtainIntegrating twice for two sides of the abovementioned expression about the variable , we havewhere and are two constants.
From the boundary and consistent conditions , , , and , respectively,Hence,This completes the proof of this lemma.
In the following, we will present the finite difference scheme for Problem (1) by utilizing Lemma 1.
We take the following partition for Region along the directions of and axes, respectively.where , , and is the corresponding partition number.
Equation (1) and two local boundary conditions can be discretized as follows:where and are the exact and approximate solutions of Problem (1) at Point , respectively.
From Lemma 1, two nonlocal boundary conditions can be discretized as follows:where

3. Error Estimate

To be convenient, we introduce the denotation , which means that there exists some constant such that .

Assume that the solution in Problem (1), from (11) and (12), and combining with equation (1), we havewhere is the error of the finite difference solution at Point and are coefficients of the corresponding local truncation errors, respectively, and they satisfyand .

Firstly, we will introduce the following discrete Fourier transformation:

Similar transformations for , respectively, are as follows:

Due to the fact that is an orthogonal matrix, the following inverse transformation formulas hold:

From (15), we have

Taking the discrete Fourier transformation for equations (13) and (14), respectively, for the variable , we havewhere

Letwhere satisfies

From (21) and (24), one can see thatwhere

Let

Now, we can obtain the following estimates.

Lemma 2. Suppose that satisfies (24). Then, we have

Proof. Let. Then, from (22) and (24), we haveRecalling that , and , we get .
Moreover,Therefore, one can easily infer (28).
Let , . From (30), we haveFrom (24), we getThen, summing the abovementioned equation over from to , we obtainFurthermore, summing (34) over from to and noticing , we getFrom (32) and the abovementioned equation, one can obtainTherefore, using (32) again together with (34), 29) holds, which completes the proof.

Theorem 1. Assume that and are the exact and finite difference solutions for Problem (1); then, as , for , we have

Proof. We denotewhich satisfyFrom the former two expressions of (25), we can derive that there exists such thatIn fact, we take the value of as in (40), respectively, and substitute them into the third expression in (25). Then, we obtainwhereFrom (39) and observing that and , we haveOn the other hand, from (26), (19), (22), and Lemma 2, we haveSynthesizing the estimates on and : (43) and (44), together with (41), then we haveFurthermore, from (40),Due to the fact thatwe haveFrom Lemma 2 and (20),Together with the fact thatone can obtain (37). This completes the proof of the theorem.

4. Numerical Experiments

In this section, we carry on some numerical experiments for Problem (1).

Example 1. In Problem (1), we take , , , and the exact solution . One can easily see that .
In this experiment, we take the uniform partition for Region and the step size , utilize Scheme (11) and (12), and employ the PCG method to solve the corresponding discrete system. Numerical results are shown as Tables 1 and 2, where the norms are defined as , , respectively, andis the ratio of the errors between the approximate and exact solutions for step sizes and . In order to display the pointwise error, we show the corresponding errors for four typical points in Table 2. From the results, one can see that the convergent order is two, which validates the correctness of theoretical results.

Example 2. In Problem (1), we take, , , , , and the exact solution . One can easily obtain .
We take the same methods as in Example 1 and get numerical results shown as Tables 3 and 4. From the results, one can see that the convergent order is two, which also confirms the correctness of theoretical results.

5. Summary and Conclusions

In this paper, firstly, we construct one high-accuracy difference scheme for a kind of elliptic problem with two nonlocal boundary conditions by introducing an equivalent expression for one nonlocal condition. Secondly, we, initially, prove that it is convergent with a saturated order through ingeniously transforming a two-dimensional problem to a one-dimensional one by bringing in the discrete Fourier transformation. Finally, we carry out some numerical tests to verify the correctness of theoretical results.

Data Availability

All data generated or analyzed during this study are included in this article.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Acknowledgments

This work was partially supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant no. 11971414), Hunan Province Science and Technology Innovation Plan Project (Grant no. 2018XK2304), and Youth Project of Hunan Provincial Education Department (Grant nos. 18B518 and 18B082).