A convolution thresholding scheme for the Willmore flow

  • Richards Grzhibovskis

    Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Alexei Heintz

    Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden


A convolution thresholding approximation scheme for the Willmore geometric flow is constructed. It is based on an asymptotic expansion of the convolution of an indicator function with a smooth, isotropic kernel. The consistency of the method is justified when the evolving surface is smooth and embedded. Some aspects of the numerical implementation of the scheme are discussed and several numerical results are presented. Numerical experiments show that the method performs well even in the case of a non-smooth initial data.

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Richards Grzhibovskis, Alexei Heintz, A convolution thresholding scheme for the Willmore flow. Interfaces Free Bound. 10 (2008), no. 2, pp. 139–153

DOI 10.4171/IFB/183