Singularities and Pollution in Case of Re-entrant Corners

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Keller 3-180
Barbara Wohlmuth (Technical University of Munich )
Energy-corrected finite element methods provide an attractive technique to deal with elliptic problems in domains with re-entrant corners. Optimal convergence rates in weighted L2-norms can be fully recovered by a local modification of the stiffness matrix at the re-entrant corner, and no pollution effect occurs. Although the existence of optimal correction factors is established, it is non trivial to determine these factors in practice. Firstly, we show that asymptotically a unique correction parameter exists and that it can be formally obtained as limit of level dependent correction parameters which are defined as roots of an energy defect function. Secondly, we propose nested Newton type algorithms using only one Newton step per refinement level and show local or even global convergence to this asymptotic correction parameter.
Numerical examples illustrate the felexibility of the approach and the applicability also to Stokes problems, eigenvalue calculations, higher order methods and optimal control problems.
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