An isogeometric collocation method using superconvergent points

Cosmin Anitescu, Yue Jia, Yongjie Jessica Zhang, Timon Rabczuk

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We develop an IGA collocation method modified by collocating at points other than the standard Greville abscissae. The method is related to orthogonal collocation used for solving differential equations and to the superconvergence theory, therefore we refer to this method as "super-collocation" (IGA-SC). By carefully choosing the collocation points, it can be seen that the IGA-SC converges in the first derivative (energy) norms at rates similar to that of the Galerkin solution. This is different from the collocation at Greville abscissae (IGA-C), where the convergence in energy norm for odd polynomial degrees is typically suboptimal. The method is tested on 1D, 2D and 3D numerical examples, in which it is compared to IGA-C and Galerkin's method (IGA-G). The comparison includes a detailed cost vs. accuracy analysis, which shows an improved efficiency of the proposed method in particular for odd polynomial degrees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1073-1097
Number of pages25
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb 1


  • Galerkin method
  • Greville abscissae
  • IGA collocation
  • Least-squares
  • Orthogonal collocation
  • Superconvergence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computer Science Applications


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