Properties of discrete delta functions and local convergence of the immersed boundary method

Yang Liu, Yoichiro Mori

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Abstract

Many problems involving internal interfaces can be formulated as partial differential equations with singular source terms. Numerical approximation to such problems on a regular grid necessitates suitable regularizations of delta functions. We study the convergence properties of such discretizations for constant coefficient elliptic problems using the immersed boundary method as an example. We show how the order of the differential operator, order of the finite difference discretization, and properties of the discrete delta function all influence the local convergence behavior. In particular, we show how a recently introduced property of discrete delta functions-the smoothing order-is important in the determination of local convergence rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2986-3015
Number of pages30
JournalSIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis
Volume50
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 31 2012

Keywords

  • Discrete delta function
  • Immersed boundary method
  • Moment order
  • Smoothing order

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