Nyström discretizations of boundary integral equations for the solution of 2D elastic scattering problems

Víctor Domínguez, Catalin Turc

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We present three high-order Nyström discretization strategies of various boundary integral equation formulations of the impenetrable time-harmonic Navier equations in two dimensions. One class of such formulations is based on the four classical Boundary Integral Operators (BIOs) associated with the Green's function of the Navier operator. We consider two types of Nyström discretizations of these operators, one that relies on Kussmaul–Martensen logarithmic splittings (Chapko et al., 2000; Domínguez and Turc, 2000), and the other on Alpert quadratures (Alpert, 1999). In addition, we consider an alternative formulation of Navier scattering problems based on Helmholtz decompositions of the elastic fields (Dong et al., 2021), which can be solved via a system of boundary integral equations that feature integral operators associated with the Helmholtz equation. Owing to the fact that some of the BIOs that are featured in those formulations are non-standard, we use Quadrature by Expansion (QBX) methods for their high order Nyström discretization. Alternatively, we use Maue integration by parts techniques to recast those non-standard operators in terms of single and double layer Helmholtz BIOs whose Nyström discretizations is amenable to the Kussmaul–Martensen methodology. We present a variety of numerical results concerning the high order accuracy that our Nyström discretization elastic scattering solvers achieve for both smooth and Lipschitz boundaries. We also present extensive comparisons regarding the iterative behavior of solvers based on different integral equations in the high frequency regime. Finally, we illustrate how some of the Nyström discretizations we considered can be incorporated seamlessly into the Convolution Quadrature (CQ) methodology to deliver high-order solutions of the time domain elastic scattering problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number115622
JournalJournal of Computational and Applied Mathematics
StatePublished - Apr 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


  • Boundary integral equations
  • Nyström discretizations
  • Preconditioners
  • Time-domain and time-harmonic Navier scattering problems


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