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Asymptotic approximations for the close evaluation of double-layer potentials


When using the boundary integral equation method to solve a boundary value problem, the evaluation of the solution near the boundary is challenging to compute because the layer potentials that represent the solution are nearly-singular integrals. To address this close evaluation problem, we apply an asymptotic analysis of these nearly singular integrals and obtain an asymptotic approximation. We derive the asymptotic approximation for the case of the double-layer potential in two and three dimensions, representing the solution of the interior Dirichlet problem for Laplace's equation. By doing so, we obtain an asymptotic approximation given by the Dirichlet data at the boundary point nearest to the interior evaluation point plus a nonlocal correction. We present numerical methods to compute this asymptotic approximation, and we demonstrate the efficiency and accuracy of the asymptotic approximation through several examples. These examples show that the asymptotic approximation is useful as it accurately approximates the close evaluation of the double-layer potential while requiring only modest computational resources.
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hal-01889235 , version 1 (05-10-2018)
hal-01889235 , version 2 (18-10-2020)


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Camille Carvalho, Shilpa Khatri, Arnold D Kim. Asymptotic approximations for the close evaluation of double-layer potentials. SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, 2020, 42, pp.A504-A533. ⟨hal-01889235v2⟩


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