Alternating direction implicit orthogonal spline collocation on non-rectangular regions

Bernard Bialecki, Ryan I. Fernandes

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The alternating direction implicit (ADI) method is a highly efficient technique for solving multi-dimensional timedependent initial-boundary value problems on rectangles. When the ADI technique is coupled with orthogonal spline collocation (OSC) for discretization in space we not only obtain the global solution efficiently but the discretization error with respect to space variables can be of an arbitrarily high order. In [2], we used a Crank Nicolson ADI OSC methodfor solving general nonlinear parabolic problems with Robin's boundary conditions on rectangular polygons and demonstrated numerically the accuracy in various norms. A natural question that arises is: Does this method have an extension to non-rectangular regions? In this paper, we present a simple idea of how the ADI OSC technique can be extended to somesuch regions. Our approach depends on the transfer of Dirichlet boundary conditions in the solution of a two-point boundary value problem(TPBVP).We illustrate our idea for the solution of the heat equation on the unit disc using piecewise Hermite cubics.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)461-476
Number of pages16
JournalAdvances in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013


  • Alternating direction implicitmethod
  • Crank Nicolso
  • Non-rectangular region
  • Orthogonal spline collocation
  • Parabolic equation
  • Two point boundary value problem


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