Improving the rate of convergence of high-order finite elements on polyhedra II: Mesh refinements and interpolation

Constantin Bacuta, Victor Nistor, Ludmil T. Zikatanov

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Abstract

We construct a sequence of meshes T′k that provides quasi-optimal rates of convergence for the solution of the Poisson equation on a bounded polyhedral domain with right-hand side in Hm-1, m ≥ 2. More precisely, let Ω ⊂ ℝ3 be a bounded polyhedral domain and let u ∈ H1 (Ω) be the solution of the Poisson problem- Δu = f ∈ Hm-1(Ω), m ≥ 2, u = 0 on . Also, let Sk be the finite element space of continuous, piecewise polynomials of degree m ≥ 2 on T′k and let uk ∈ Sk be the finite element approximation of u, then ∥u - ukH1(Ω) ≤ C dim(Sk) -m/3∥f∥Hm-1(ω), with C independent of k and f. Our method relies on the a priori estimate ∥u∥D ≤ C∥f∥Hm-1(Ω) in certain anisotropic weighted Sobolev spaces [image omitted], with a > 0 small, determined only by Ω. The weight is the distance to the set of singular boundary points (i.e., edges). The main feature of our mesh refinement is that a segment AB in Tk' will be divided into two segments AC and CB in T′k+1 as follows: |AC| = |CB| if A and B are equally singular and |AC| = k|AB| if A is more singular than B. We can choose 2-m/a. This allows us to use a uniform refinement of the tetrahedra that are away from the edges to construct T′k.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)775-824
Number of pages50
JournalNumerical Functional Analysis and Optimization
Volume28
Issue number7-8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analysis
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Optimization

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