Towards coercive boundary element methods for the wave equation

Olaf Steinbach, Marco Zank, Carolina Urzua Torres

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We discuss the ellipticity of the single layer boundary integral operator for the wave equation in one space dimension. This result not only generalizes the well-known ellipticity of the energetic boundary integral formulation in L2, but it also turns out to be a particular case of a recent result on the inf-sup stability of boundary integral operators for the wave equation. Instead of the time derivative in the energetic formulation, we use a modified Hilbert transformation, which allows us to stay in Sobolev spaces of the same order. This results in the applicability of standard boundary element error estimates, which are confirmed by numerical results
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-515
JournalJournal of Integral Equations and Applications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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