Coupling of the mesh-free finite cloud method with the boundary element method: A collocation approach

Gang Li, Glaucio H. Paulino, N. R. Aluru

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Meshless and mesh-based methods are among the tools frequently applied in the numerical treatment of partial differential equations (PDEs). This paper presents a coupling of the meshless finite cloud method (FCM) and the standard (mesh-based) boundary element method (BEM), which is motivated by the complementary properties of both methods. While the BEM is appropriate for solving linear PDEs with constant coefficients in bounded or unbounded domains, the FCM is appropriate for either homogeneous, inhomogeneous or even nonlinear problems in bounded domains. Both techniques (FCM and BEM) use a collocation procedure in the numerical approximation. No mesh is required in the FCM subdomain and its nodal point distribution is completely independent of the BEM subdomain. The coupling approach is demonstrated for linear elasticity problems. Because both FCM and BEM employ traction-displacement relations, no transformations between forces and tractions (typical of BEM and finite element coupling) are needed. Several numerical examples are given to demonstrate the proposed approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2355-2375
Number of pages21
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Issue number20-21
StatePublished - May 23 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Computer Science Applications


  • Boundary element method
  • Collocation
  • Coupling techniques
  • Finite cloud method
  • Meshless methods


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