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Adaptive Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Interface Problems

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posted on 27.02.2017, 12:07 authored by Younis Abid Sabawi
The aim of this thesis is to derive adaptive methods for discontinuous Galerkin approximations for both elliptic and parabolic interface problems. The derivation of adaptive method, is usually based on a posteriori error estimates. To this end, we present a residual-type a posteriori error estimator for interior penalty discontinuous Galerkin (dG) methods for an elliptic interface problem involving possibly curved interfaces, with flux-balancing interface conditions, e.g., modelling mass transfer of solutes through semi-permeable membranes. The method allows for extremely general curved element shapes employed to resolve the interface geometry exactly. Respective upper and lower bounds of the error in the respective dG-energy norm with respect to the estimator are proven. The a posteriori error bounds are subsequently used to prove a basic a priori convergence result. Moreover, a contraction property for a standard adaptive algorithm utilising these a posteriori bounds, with a bulk refinement criterion is also shown, thereby proving that the a posteriori bounds can lead to a convergent adaptive algorithm subject to some mesh restrictions. This work is also concerned with the derivation of a new L1∞(L2)-norm a posteriori error bound for the fully discrete adaptive approximation for non-linear interface parabolic problems. More specifically, the time discretization uses the backward Euler Galerkin method and the space discretization uses the interior penalty discontinuous Galerkin finite element method. The key idea in our analysis is to adapt the elliptic reconstruction technique, introduced by Makridakis and Nochetto [48], enabling us to use the a posteriori error estimators derived for elliptic interface models and to obtain optimal order in both L1∞(L2) and L1∞(L2) + L2(H¹) norms. The effectiveness of all the error estimators and the proposed algorithms is confirmed through a series of numerical experiments.

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Supervisor(s)

Georgoulis, Emmanuil; Cangiani, Andrea

Date of award

22/02/2017

Author affiliation

Department of Mathematics

Awarding institution

University of Leicester

Qualification level

Doctoral

Qualification name

PhD

Language

en

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