Meshfree Semi-Lagrangian Methods for Solving Surface Advection PDEs

Argyrios Petras*, Leevan Ling, Steven J. Ruuth

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We analyze a class of meshfree semi-Lagrangian methods for solving advection problems on smooth, closed surfaces with solenoidal velocity field. In particular, we prove the existence of an embedding equation whose corresponding semi-Lagrangian methods yield the ones in the literature for solving problems on surfaces. Our analysis allows us to apply standard bulk domain convergence theories to the surface counterparts. In addition, we provide detailed descriptions for implementing the proposed methods to run on point clouds. After verifying the convergence rates against the theory, we show that the proposed method is a robust building block for more complicated problems, such as advection problems with non-solenoidal velocity field, inviscid Burgers’ equations and systems of reaction advection diffusion equations for pattern formation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number11
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Scientific Computing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

User-Defined Keywords

  • Semi-Lagrangian method
  • Closest point method
  • Radial basis functions
  • Surface conservation laws


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