Date of Award

Fall 12-2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Committee Chair

Ching-Shyang Chen

Committee Chair Department


Committee Member 2

James Lambers

Committee Member 2 Department


Committee Member 3

Huiqing Zhu

Committee Member 3 Department


Committee Member 4

Zhaoxian Zhou

Committee Member 4 Department



Method of particular solutions (MPS) has been implemented in many science and engineering problems but obtaining the closed-form particular solutions, the selection of the good shape parameter for various radial basis functions (RBFs) and simulation of the large-scale problems are some of the challenges which need to overcome. In this dissertation, we have used several techniques to overcome such challenges.

The closed-form particular solutions for the Matérn and Gaussian RBFs were not known yet. With the help of the symbolic computational tools, we have derived the closed-form particular solutions of the Matérn and Gaussian RBFs for the Laplace and biharmonic operators in 2D and 3D. These derived particular solutions play an important role in solving inhomogeneous problems using MPS and boundary methods such as boundary element methods or boundary meshless methods.

In this dissertation, to select the good shape parameter, various existing variable shape parameter strategies and some well-known global optimization algorithms have also been applied. These good shape parameters provide high accurate solutions in many RBFs collocation methods.

Fast method of particular solutions (FMPS) has been developed for the simulation of the large-scale problems. FMPS is based on the global version of the MPS. In this method, partial differential equations are discretized by the usual MPS and the determination of the unknown coefficients is accelerated using a fast technique. Numerical results confirm the efficiency of the proposed technique for the PDEs with a large number of computational points in both two and three dimensions. We have also solved the time fractional diffusion equations by using MPS and FMPS.