The art of coarse Stokes: Richardson extrapolation improves the accuracy and efficiency of the method of regularized stokeslets

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The method of regularised stokeslets is widely used in microscale biological fluid dynamics due to its ease of implementation, natural treatment of complex moving geometries, and removal of singular functions to integrate. The standard implementation of the method is subject to high computational cost due to the coupling of the linear system size to the numerical resolution required to resolve the rapidly-varying regularised stokeslet kernel. Here we show how Richardson extrapolation with coarse values of the regularisation parameter is ideally-suited to reduce the quadrature error, hence dramatically reducing the storage and solution costs without loss of accuracy. Numerical experiments on the resistance and mobility problems in Stokes flow support the analysis, confirming several orders of magnitude improvement in accuracy and/or efficiency.

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Not yet published as of 11/05/2021.


Original languageEnglish
JournalRoyal Society Open Science
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2 Mar 2021


  • regularized stokeslets, richardson extrapolation, Stokes flow