Moving least-square interpolants in the hybrid particle method

H. Huang, S. Saigal, C. T. Dyka

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The hybrid particle method (HPM) is a particle-based method for the solution of high-speed dynamic structural problems. In the current formulation of the HPM, a moving least-squares (MLS) interpolant is used to compute the derivatives of stress and velocity components. Compared with the use of the MLS interpolant at interior particles, the boundary particles require two additional treatments in order to compute the derivatives accurately. These are the rotation of the local co-ordinate system and the imposition of boundary constraints, respectively. In this paper, it is first shown that the derivatives found by the MLS interpolant based on a complete polynomial are indifferent to the orientation of the co-ordinate system. Secondly, it is shown that imposing boundary constraints is equivalent to employing ghost particles with proper values assigned at these particles. The latter can further be viewed as placing the boundary particle in the centre of a neighbourhood that is formed jointly by the original neighbouring particles and the ghost particles. The benefit of providing a symmetric or a full circle of neighbouring points is revealed by examining the error terms generated in approximating the derivatives of a Taylor polynomial by using a linear-polynomial-based MLS interpolant. Symmetric boundaries have mostly been treated by using ghost particles in various versions of the available particle methods that are based on the strong form of the conservation equations. In light of the equivalence of the respective treatments of imposing boundary constraints and adding ghost particles, an alternative treatment for symmetry boundaries is proposed that involves imposing only the symmetry boundary constraints for the HPM. Numerical results are presented to demonstrate the validity of the proposed approach for symmetric boundaries in an axisymmetric impact problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)528-547
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 28 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Numerical Analysis


  • Axisymmetric
  • HPM
  • Motion points
  • Stress points
  • Stress-free surface
  • Symmetry conditions


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