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Boundary element methods for acoustic scattering by fractal screens

Chandler-Wilde, S., Hewett, D., Moiola, A. and Besson, J. (2021) Boundary element methods for acoustic scattering by fractal screens. Numerische Mathematik, 147. pp. 785-837. ISSN 0029-599X

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We study boundary element methods for time-harmonic scattering in R^n (n=2,3) by a fractal planar screen, assumed to be a non-empty bounded subset Gamma of the hyperplane Gamma_\infty=R^{n-1}\times \{0\}. We consider two distinct cases: (i) Gamma is a relatively open subset of Gamma_\infty with fractal boundary (e.g. the interior of the Koch snowflake in the case n=3); (ii) Gamma is a compact fractal subset of Gamma_\infty with empty interior (e.g. the Sierpinski triangle in the case n=3). In both cases our numerical simulation strategy involves approximating the fractal screen Gamma by a sequence of smoother "prefractal" screens, for which we compute the scattered field using boundary element methods that discretise the associated first kind boundary integral equations. We prove sufficient conditions on the mesh sizes guaranteeing convergence to the limiting fractal solution, using the framework of Mosco convergence. We also provide numerical examples illustrating our theoretical results.

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Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Mathematics and Statistics
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