Isoparametric finite point method in computational mechanics

W. X. Wang, Y. Takao

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In this paper, a new meshless method, the isoparametric finite point method (IFPM) in computational mechanics is presented. The present IFPM is a truly meshless method and developed based on the concepts of meshless discretization and local isoparametric interpolation. In IFPM, the unknown functions, their derivatives, and the sub-domain and its boundaries of an arbitrary point are described by the same shape functions. Two kinds of shape functions that satisfy the Kronecker-Delta property are developed for the scattered points in the domain and on the boundaries, respectively. Conventional point collocation method is employed for the discretization of the governing equation and the boundary conditions. The essential (Dirichlet) and natural (Neumann) boundary conditions can be directly enforced at the boundary points. Several numerical examples are presented together with the results obtained by the exact solution and the finite element method. The numerical results show that the present IFPM is a simple and efficient method in computational mechanics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-490
Number of pages10
JournalComputational Mechanics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - May 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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