Trust-region methods for nonlinear elliptic equations with radial basis functions Articles uri icon

publication date

  • October 2016

start page

  • 1743

end page

  • 1763


  • 7


  • 72

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0898-1221

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-7668


  • We consider the numerical solution of nonlinear elliptic boundary value problems with Kansa's method. We derive analytic formulas for the Jacobian and Hessian of the resulting nonlinear collocation system and exploit them within the framework of the trust-region algorithm. This ansatz is tested on semilinear, quasilinear and fully nonlinear elliptic PDEs (including Plateau's problem, Hele-Shaw flow and the Monge-Ampère equation) with excellent results. The new approach distinctly outperforms previous ones based on linearization or finite-difference Jacobians.


  • Mathematics


  • kansa's method; radial basis function; nonlinear elliptic pde; trust-region method; monge-ampère; plateau's problem