The Poisson equation with local nonregular similarities

Alexander Yakhot, Zohar Yosibash

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Moffatt and Duffy [1] have shown that the solution to the Poisson equation, defined on rectangular domains, includes a local similarity term of the form: r2log(r)cos(2θ). The latter means that the second (and higher) derivative of the solution with respect to r is singular at r = 0. Standard high-order numerical schemes require the existence of high-order derivatives of the solution. Thus, for the case considered by Moffatt and Duffy, the high-order finite-difference schemes loose their high-order convergence due to the nonregularity at r = 0. In this article, a simple method is outlined to regain the high-order accuracy of these schemes, without the need of any modification in the scheme's algorithm. This is a significant consideration when one wants to use a given finite-difference computer code for problems with local nonregular similarity solutions. Numerical examples using the modified scheme in conjunction with a sixth-order finite difference approximation are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)336-346
Number of pages11
JournalNumerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2001


  • High-order scheme
  • Local nonregular similarity
  • Poisson's equation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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