The original online version of this article (Tran, N.T. (2017) Simple Method for Evaluating Singular Integrals. American Journal of Computational Mathematics, 7, 444-450. https://doi.org/10.4236/ajcm.2017.74032) unfortunately contains some mistakes. The author wishes to correct the errors in the article which have been labeled in yellow.
Many problems in engineering and science require evaluating singular integrals. For example, in electromagnetic and acoustic wave scattering, the boundary integral equations have singular kernels, see  -  . In fluid and solid mechanics, physicists and engineers face the same problem, see   . Thus, the study of such integrals plays an important role in engineering and science. In this paper, we consider only one-dimensional singular integrals that converge in the sense of Cauchy principal value.
One-dimensional singular integrals are defined in the literature as follows
in which is a continuous function. These integrals are classified by the order of singularity. If , the integral is called weakly singular. If , the integral is strongly singular. If , the integral is called hyper-singular, see  . In other words, an integral is called weakly singular if its value exists and continuous at the singularity. An integral is called strongly singular if both the integrand and integral are singular. An integral is called hyper-singular if the kernel has a higher-order singularity than the dimension of the integral. For strongly singular integrals, they are often defined in terms of Cauchy principal value, see  . For hyper singular integrals, they are often interpreted as Hadamard finite part integrals, see  .
There are many special methods developed to treat singular integral problems since numerical integration routines often lead to inaccurate solutions. For example, to deal with the singularities in surface integral equations, the method of moments regularizes the singular integrals by sourcing them analytically for specific observation point   . Other methods include Gaussian quadrature method which has high-order of accuracy with a non-uniform mesh   , Newton-Cotes method which has low-order of accuracy with a uniform mesh    , Guiggiani s method which extracts the singular parts of the integrand and treat them analytically  , sigmoidal transformation which transforms the integrand to a periodic function   , and Duffy’s transformation
which cancels the singularity of type  . Most of these methods can be
characterized in three categories: singularity subtraction, analytical transformation, and special purpose quadrature.
In this paper, we present an alternative approach for approximating one dimensional singular integrals which converge in the sense of Cauchy principal value. In addition, a proof of this method is outlined in section 2 to serve as a theoretical basis for the method. In section 3, the detailed implementation of our method is described for integrals over the standard interval [−1, 1].
2. Approximation of Singular Integrals
Theorem 1. Let , , be a singular integral that has finite value in the sense of Cauchy principal value. Suppose is its only singularity in D. Then, for any , there exist and , , such that: for all
where , are Chebyshev polynomials of second kind.
Let , where and . Since f is
continuous in , f can be expressed as:
where are Chebyshev polynomials of second kind
Since has finite value in the sense of Cauchy principal value, one has
This means for any , there exists such that: for all
From (5), for any , there exists such that: for
Thus, from (7) and (8)
for all , . ,
3. Methods for Computing Singular Integrals
In this section, we present a method for evaluating the following singular integral which converges in the sense of Cauchy principal value
Without loss of generality, the singularity can be assumed to be at zero. For general cases, one can always divide the interval of integration into many small intervals and treat them separately.
From Section 2, we need to find the coefficient such that
Since are Chebyshev polynomials of second kind, they admit some nice properties
Now consider the following integral
Thus, the coefficient can be computed by
In this paper, we present a method for approximating singular integrals which converge in the sense of Cauchy principal value. The proof of this method is outlined and the detailed implementation is also provided. One of the advantages of this method is that it is simple to implement. This method can serve as an alternative approach to other special methods in the literature.
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