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Radial basis Taylor series method and its applications

Armagan Karamanli (Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey)

Engineering Computations

ISSN: 0264-4401

Article publication date: 26 November 2020

Issue publication date: 30 June 2021




The study aims to present a new meshless method based on the Taylor series expansion. The compact supported radial basis functions (CSRBFs) are very attractive, can be considered as a numerical tool for the engineering problems and used to obtain the trial solution and its derivatives without differentiating the basis functions for a meshless method. A meshless based on the CSRBF and Taylor series method has been developed for the solutions of engineering problems.


This paper is devoted to present a truly meshless method which is called a radial basis Taylor series method (RBTSM) based on the CSRBFs and Taylor series expansion (TSE). The basis function and its derivatives are obtained without differentiating CSRBFs.


The RBTSM does not involve differentiation of the approximated function. This property allows us to use a wide range of CSRBF and weight functions including the constant one. By using a different number of terms in the TSE, the global convergence properties of the RBTSM can be improved. The global convergence properties are satisfied by the RBTSM. The computed results based on the RBTSM shows excellent agreement with results given in the open literature. The RBTSM can provide satisfactory results even with the problem domains which have curved boundaries and irregularly distributed nodes.


The CSRBFs have been widely used for the construction of the basic function in the meshless methods. However, the derivative of the basis function is obtained with the differentiation of the CSRBF. In the RBTSM, the derivatives of the basis function are obtained by using the TSE without differentiating the CSRBF.



Karamanli, A. (2021), "Radial basis Taylor series method and its applications", Engineering Computations, Vol. 38 No. 5, pp. 2354-2393.



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