• biharmonic problem;
  • boundary approximation methods;
  • stress intensity factors


In this article, we analyze the singular function boundary integral method (SFBIM) for a two-dimensional biharmonic problem with one boundary singularity, as a model for the Newtonian stick-slip flow problem. In the SFBIM, the leading terms of the local asymptotic solution expansion near the singular point are used to approximate the solution, and the Dirichlet boundary conditions are weakly enforced by means of Lagrange multiplier functions. By means of Green's theorem, the resulting discretized equations are posed and solved on the boundary of the domain, away from the point where the singularity arises. We analyze the convergence of the method and prove that the coefficients in the local asymptotic expansion, also referred to as stress intensity factors, are approximated at an exponential rate as the number of the employed expansion terms is increased. Our theoretical results are illustrated through a numerical experiment. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Numer Methods Partial Differential Eq, 2011