Integral equations for biharmonic data completion

Roman S. Chapko, B. Tomas Johansson

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A boundary integral based method for the stable reconstruction of missing boundary data is presented for the biharmonic equation. The solution (displacement) is known throughout the boundary of an annular domain whilst the normal derivative and bending moment are specified only on the outer boundary curve. A recent iterative method is applied for the data completion solving mixed problems throughout the iterations. The solution to each mixed problem is represented as a biharmonic single-layer potential. Matching against the given boundary data, a system of boundary integrals is obtained to be solved for densities over the boundary. This system is discretised using the Nyström method. A direct approach is also given representing the solution of the ill-posed problem as a biharmonic single-layer potential and applying the similar techniques as for the mixed problems. Tikhonov regularization is employed for the solution of the corresponding discretised system. Numerical results are presented for several annular domains showing the efficiency of both data completion approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1095-1111
Number of pages17
JournalInverse Problems and Imaging
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019


  • Biharmonic equation
  • Boundary integral equations
  • Data completion
  • Nyström method
  • Single-layer potentials
  • Tikhonov regularization


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