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An introduction to moving least squares meshfree methods. (English) Zbl 1120.74856
Summary: We deal here with some fundamental aspects of a category of meshfree methods based on Moving Least Squares (MLS) approximation and interpolation. These include EFG, RKPM and Diffuse Elements. In this introductory text, we discuss different formulations of the MLS from the point of view of numerical precision and stability. We talk about the issues of both “diffuse” and “full” derivation and we give proof of convergence of both approaches. We propose different algorithms for the computation of MLS based shape functions and we give their explicit forms in 1D, 2D and 3D. The topics of weight functions, the interpolation property with or without singular weights, the domain decomposition and the numerical integration are also discussed. We formulate the integration constraint, necessary for a method to satisfy the linear patch test. Finally, we develop a custom integration scheme, which satisfies this integration constraint.

74S30 Other numerical methods in solid mechanics (MSC2010)
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