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ZhaoQing Wang, Shuchen Li, Yang Ping, Jian Jiang, TengFei Ma, "A Highly Accurate Regular Domain Collocation Method for Solving Potential Problems in the Irregular Doubly Connected Domains", Mathematical Problems in Engineering, vol. 2014, Article ID 397327, 9 pages, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/397327
A Highly Accurate Regular Domain Collocation Method for Solving Potential Problems in the Irregular Doubly Connected Domains
Abstract
Embedding the irregular doubly connected domain into an annular regular region, the unknown functions can be approximated by the barycentric Lagrange interpolation in the regular region. A highly accurate regular domain collocation method is proposed for solving potential problems on the irregular doubly connected domain in polar coordinate system. The formulations of regular domain collocation method are constructed by using barycentric Lagrange interpolation collocation method on the regular domain in polar coordinate system. The boundary conditions are discretized by barycentric Lagrange interpolation within the regular domain. An additional method is used to impose the boundary conditions. The least square method can be used to solve the overconstrained equations. The function values of points in the irregular doubly connected domain can be calculated by barycentric Lagrange interpolation within the regular domain. Some numerical examples demonstrate the effectiveness and accuracy of the presented method.
1. Introduction
In physics, mechanics, and other disciplines, Poisson equation or Laplace equation is used as the governing equation to describe electric potential, temperature, and many other physical quantities. The functions satisfying Laplace equation are called potential functions and the problems of electric potential, temperature, and so forth are also known as potential problems. In engineering problems, we need to inevitably solve potential problems in complex regions and the doubly connected domain composed of two closed curves is a typical complex region. Therefore, how to precisely solve potential problems in complex regions is an important issue in the field of numerical calculation.
The finite element method (FEM) is an effective numerical method for solving potential problems in complex domains [1, 2]. However, to fit boundaries of complex regions and improve the calculation accuracy, FEM needs to divide dense elements, reducing the computational efficiency. The meshless methods, such as complex variable elementfree Galerkin method [3–6], interpolating boundary elementfree method [7], improved elementfree Galerkin method [8–10], complex variable reproducing kernel particle method [11], and interpolating local PetrovGalerkin method [12], have been presented to solve the potential and elasticity problems. In these meshless Galerkin methods, background grids are applied in numerical integration for forming the stiffness matrices.
Collocation method without element division and numerical integration is a truly meshless method. The collocation method has been widely applied to the field of engineering numerical calculation [13–18]. Spectral collocation method (pseudospectral method) based on the characteristic polynomial interpolation [15, 16] is a highprecision numerical method that achieves high accuracy with fewer nodes. Differential quadrature method (DQM) is also a highprecision collocation method [17, 18]. DQM applies the weighted sum of the unknown function value in the calculating nodes to approximate the derivative value of the unknown function. In twodimensional problem, spectral collocation method and differential quadrature method adopt the tensor product to construct the approximation functions in rectangular domain. They cannot be directly applied to numerical calculation in geometrically complex regions. Collocation method based on radial basis function interpolation [19, 20] can be directly applied in complex areas. The calculation precision of this method depends on the selection of interpolation parameters that can be obtained only from a great deal of numerical calculation experience.
Embedding an irregular domain into a regular region, such as rectangular and disk, it is an effective method for solving boundary value problems of partial differential equation in complex regions [21–23]. We adopt the regular region collocation method to accurately solve the potential problems in irregular multiply connected domain by embedding the complex doubly connected domain into the regular region with polar coordinates (annular region). The barycentric Lagrange interpolation [24], a stabilized and highprecision interpolation method, is applied to discretize complex region boundary conditions. In the regular region, the barycentric interpolation collocation method [25, 26] is used to solve Poisson equations with Dirichlet boundary conditions.
The paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we present the computational modeling and formulations of regular domain collocation. In Section 3, some numerical examples are given to illustrate the numerical accuracy of the proposed method, and in Section 4 we draw conclusions.
2. Computational Modeling and Formulations
2.1. Computational Modeling
Consider the potential problem on irregular domain as shown in Figure 1. The doubly connected domain is composed of the two closed curves and .
In system of polar coordinates, the governing equation and boundary conditions of the potential problem are the following: In the numerical calculation, the domain is embedded into the annular region composed of circumference and as shown in Figure 1. In general, let and .
2.2. Computational Formulations
Given a function defined on the interval and discrete nodes , the function values on the nodes are . The barycentric Lagrange interpolation of the function on the nodes is [24] where , is barycentric interpolation weight.
The barycentric Lagrange interpolation basis function is defined as follows: Then, barycentric Lagrange interpolation of the function can be written as The th order derivative of function can be expressed as So the th order derivative of function in the nodes is where indicates the th order derivative value of the th basis function at th node. Deriving (5) with respect to directly, we have And the entries can be derived from the following recursion [25, 26]:
As a result, (8) can be written in the following matrix form: In (11), and represent the column vector of th order derivative value and the value of the function in the nodes, respectively. Matrix is named as the th order differentiation matrix of barycentric Lagrange interpolation on nodes .
Embedding the irregular computational region into a twodimensional annular domain , let and distinct computational nodes and be given in the direction of and , respectively. We can obtain computational nodes of tensor product type, , on the domain . The denoted values of function in the computational nodes are .
The computational nodes and function values can be formed into three dimensional column vectors as follows:
The barycentric Lagrange interpolation of the function in the computational nodes can be expressed as where are barycentric Lagrange interpolation basis function on the nodes and , respectively.
From formula (13), th partial derivative of the function with respect to and can be expressed as The value of partial derivative in the computational nodes is By using the symbols of barycentric interpolation differential matrix and matrix tensor product, “”, formula (15) can be rewritten as the matrix form where indicate th and th order barycentric Lagrange interpolation differential matrix in the nodes and , respectively. Denote . are th and th order identity matrix, respectively. is dimensional column vectors which is consisted of the values of partial derivative in the nodes ,
By formula (16), the discrete formula of the Poisson equation (1) can be rewritten as
Here, ; diag is diagonal matrix which is consisted of vector; . Equation (18) can be simplified into
The boundary conditions (2)(3) can be discretized by barycentric Lagrange interpolation (13). We arrange points , on the boundaries , respectively. In general, we need . Hence, boundary conditions (2)(3) can be interpolated as follows: Formula (20) can be simplified into
For numerical analysis in doubly connected domain, we need some additional conditions to ensure the singlevaluedness and smoothness of function . The additional conditions can be expressed as follows:
The first and second conditions in (22) guarantee the singlevaluedness and smoothness of function , respectively. Defining two index sets , let represent a matrix whose rows come from the rows of the order identity matrix in accordance with the index set ; that is, , and denote a matrix whose rows extract from the rows of the matrix , in accordance with the index set . Using notations defined as above, the additional conditions (22) can be discretized as follows: Equation (23) can be rewritten as
Owing to the additional conditions discretized on the computational nodes, we can use replacement method to apply the additional conditions [25–27]. The rows with index set in matrix in (19) are replaced by rows of matrix , and components with index set in vector are set to be zeros. The rows with index set in matrix in (19) are replaced by rows of matrix , and components with index set in vector are set to be zeros. Then, (19) modifies as
Combining (25) and (21), we obtain a saddle point system:
Using least square method to solve (26), the function value will be gained on the regular domain . Then, barycentric Lagrange interpolation formula (13) is used to compute the function value in any points on the complex region .
3. Numerical Results
In this section, we present some numerical experiments to verify the methods developed in the earlier sections. The method is validated by employing exact solutions with known boundary conditions and evaluating the computational errors. The computational programs compile using Matlab. The overconstrained equation (22) is solved by backslash operator, “”, in Matlab.
In numerical analysis, the second kind Chebyshev points on the interval [26, 27], , are adopted as type of computational nodes. Let ; then, the Chebyshev point on the interval can be transformed as computational nodes on the arbitrary interval . For the assessment of computational accuracy and the beauty of drawing, 1000 points are arranged on the domain and their function value is calculated by the barycentric Lagrange interpolation. The absolute error and relative error of numerical computation are defined, respectively, as where , are vectors of numerical computational values and analytical solution, respectively.
Example 1. Consider the doubly connected domain composed of two concentric circles. The radii of internal and external circles are and , respectively. This is a regular domain. Boundary conditions are determined by analytical solution . In this case, .
The absolute error and relative error with the different number of computational nodes in radial and ring direction are listed in Table 1. Due to the fact that the solution is independent of the variable , the nodes number in ring direction does not affect the computational errors. It can be seen from Table 1 that when the nodes number in radius direction is increased, the computational errors are decreased. Figure 2(a) shows the relations of nodes number and computational errors with Chebyshev points. For comparison, we solve this problem under equidistant points, whose relations of nodes number and computational errors are shown in Figure 2(b). It can be seen from Figure 2 that the numerical accuracy of the Chebyshev points is higher than the equidistant points. When the nodes number is larger, we find that the solution is unstable using equidistant nodes.

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Example 2. Consider the doubly connected domain composed of the kite external curve and the bean internal curve . The radii of internal and external circles are and , respectively, as shown in Figure 3.
Boundary conditions are determined by analytical solution . In this case, . On regular region and doubly connected domain, the distribution of the compute nodes is shown in Figure 4.
The absolute error and relative error with the different number of computational nodes in radial and ring direction are listed in Table 2. From Table 2, adopting 9 radial nodes and 31 circular nodes, the absolute error and relative error reach orders of magnitude. The calculation accuracy of the proposed method is very excellent. If we increase the number of computational nodes, the calculation accuracy still remains the high precision. The distribution of absolute error on the computing node is shown in Figure 5. Figure 6 depicts the image of numerical solutions on irregular domain.
In another highly accurate numerical method, the collocation Trefftz method, the absolute error of is orders of magnitude through 546 iterations under parameter and a stopping criterion [14]. The numerical precision of the proposed method in this paper is the same as the highly accurate collocation Trefftz method.

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Example 3. Consider the doubly connected domain composed of the epitrochoid external curve and the bean internal curve . The radii of internal and external circles are and , respectively, as shown in Figure 7.
Boundary conditions are determined by analytical solution . In this case, . Adopting 16 radial nodes and 61 circular nodes, the absolute error and relative error are and 6.2942 × 10^{−8}, respectively. The distribution of the compute node error is shown in Figure 8. Figure 9 depicts the image of numerical solutions on irregular domain.
Example 4. Consider the eccentric annular region composed of the external eccentric circle and the internal circumference . The radii of internal and external circles are and , respectively, as shown in Figure 10.
Boundary conditions are determined by analytical solution . In this case, . Adopting 9 radial nodes and 31 circular nodes, the absolute error and relative error reach 1.0233 × 10^{−9} and 3.7942 × 10^{−11} order of magnitude, respectively. The distribution of the compute node error is shown in Figure 11. Figure 12 depicts the image of numerical solutions on irregular domain.
Example 5. Consider the doubly connected domain composed of the external ellipse and the internal ellipse . The radii of internal and external circles are and , respectively, as shown in Figure 13.
Boundary conditions are determined by analytical solution . In this case, . Adopting 11 radial nodes and 31 circular nodes, the absolute error and relative error reach 5.6604 × 10^{−8} and 4.1297 × 10^{−11} order of magnitude, respectively. The distribution of the compute node error is shown in Figure 14. Figure 15 depicts the image of numerical solutions on irregular domain.
4. Conclusions
Regular domain collocation method is an effective method to solve the potential problem on doubly connected domain of complex boundary and has the very high calculation precision. Barycentric interpolation collocation method can be applied to solve the boundary value problem of differential equations on irregular region by regular domain collocation method. So the application scope of barycentric interpolation collocation method is expanded.
The key problem is how to discrete and impose boundary conditions in the regular domain collocation method. Using barycentric Lagrange interpolation method, a stabilized, highprecision interpolation method, we can accurately and conveniently discretize boundary conditions on irregular boundary. Numerical calculation indicates that if the boundary point is less than the maximum of the radial nodes and circular nodes, the resulting coefficient matrix of algebraic equation is not column full rank. As a result, we cannot get numerical solution.
Regular domain collocation method proposed in this paper can be directly applied to solve the differential equation boundary value problem on the irregular simply connected region.
Conflict of Interests
The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.
Acknowledgments
The authors would like to thank the support of the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant no. 2010CB732002), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants nos. 51179098 and 51379113), the Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (Grant no. 20120131110031), and the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University of Ministry of Education of China (Grant no. NCET122009).
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