MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMS IN ENGINEERING, 2008 (SCI-Expanded)
Solution of a nonlinear two-point boundary value problem is studied using variational iteration method (VIM) considering its convergence behavior due to the changing nonlinearity effects in the equation. To achieve this, steady Burger equation is first solved by using finite element method (FEM) with a very fine mesh for the comparison of results obtained from VIM. Effect of the nonlinear term in the equation that is multiplied by a constant is taken into account for five different cases by changing the corresponding constant. Results have shown that VIM is a flexible, easy to apply, and promising method for the analysis of nonlinear two-point boundary value problems with the fact that the larger the effect of the nonlinear term of the equation, the slower the convergence rate when compared to FEM solutions. Copyright (C) 2008 M. T. Atay and S. B. Coskun.