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A Novel Fictitious Time Integration Method for Solving the Discretized Inverse Sturm-Liouville Problems, For Specified Eigenvalues

Chein-Shan Liu1, Satya N. Atluri2
Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung, Taiwan. E-mail:
Center for Aerospace Research & Education, University of California, Irvine .

Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences 2008, 36(3), 261-286.


The inverse Sturm-Liouville problem finds its applications in the identification of mechanical properties and/or geometrical configurations of a vibrating continuous medium; however, this problem is hard to solve, either theoretically or numerically. Previously, Liu (2008a) has constructed a Lie-group shooting method to determine the eigenvalues, and the corresponding eigenfunctions, for the direct Sturm-Liouville problem. In this study, we are concerned with solving the inverse Sturm-Liouville problem, by developing a Lie-group of SL(2,R) to construct nonlinear algebraic equations (NAEs), when discrete eigenvalues are specified. Our purpose here is to use these NAEs to solve the unknown function in the Sturm-Liouville operator. Then, we use a fictitious time integration method (FTIM) developed by Liu and Atluri (2008), to find the potential function, impedance function or weighting function, in a discretized manner. Numerical examples are presented to show that the Lie-group and FTIM methods have a significantly improved accuracy, along with ease of numerical implementation. The numerical examples also include the inverse problem of determining the material properties and cross-sectional area of a tapered rod undergoing axial vibrations, when the eigen-frequencies are specified.


Inverse Sturm-Liouville problem, Eigenvalues, Eigenfunctions, Lie-group method, Lie-group shooting method (LGSM), Fictitious time integration method (FTIM), Inverse problem of a vibrating rod for specified frequencies.

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Liu, C., Atluri, S. N. (2008). A Novel Fictitious Time Integration Method for Solving the Discretized Inverse Sturm-Liouville Problems, For Specified Eigenvalues. CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, 36(3), 261–286.

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