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Consistent coupling of nonlocal diffusion

  • April 3, 2017
  • 1:15 p.m.
  • LeConte 312


Nonlocal models have been developed and received lot of attention in recent years to model systems with important scientific and engineering applications. While it is established that the nonlocal formulations can often provide more accurate descriptions of the systems, the nonlocality also increases the computational cost compared to conventional models based on PDEs. The goal is to combine the accuracy of nonlocal models with the computational and modeling efficiency of local PDEs.

In this talk, I will introduce a new self-adjoint, consistent, and stable coupling strategy for nonlocal diffusion models, inspired by the quasinonlocal atomistic-to-continuum method for crystalline solids. The proposed coupling model is coercive with respect to the energy norms induced by the nonlocal diffusion kernels as well as the L2 norm, and it satisfies the maximum principle. A finite difference approximation is used to discretize the coupled system, which inherits the property from the continuous formulation. Furthermore, we design a numerical example which shows the discrepancy between the fully nonlocal and fully local diffusions, whereas the result of the coupled diffusion agrees with that of the fully nonlocal diffusion.

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