Treatment of discontinuity in the reproducing kernel element method

Hongsheng Lu, Do Wan Kim, Wing K Liu*

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A discontinuous reproducing kernel element approximation is proposed in the case where weak discontinuity exists over an interface in the physical domain. The proposed method can effectively take care of the discontinuity of the derivative by truncating the window function and global partition polynomials. This new approximation keeps the advantage of both finite element methods and mesh-free methods as in the reproducing kernel element method. The approximation has the interpolation property if the support of the window function is contained in the union of the elements associated with the corresponding node; therefore, the continuity of the primitive variables at nodes on the interface is ensured. Furthermore, it is smooth on each subregion (or each material) separated by the interface. The major advantage of the method is its simplicity in implementation and it is computationally efficient compared to other methods treating discontinuity. The convergence of the numerical solution is validated through calculations of some material discontinuity problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-255
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 14 2005


  • Discontinuous reproducing kernel element approximation
  • Interface
  • Weak discontinuity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Engineering(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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