# Questions tagged [finite-element]

A means of solving ordinary and partial differential equations. The domain of the problem is broken up into elements, and the solution in each element is expanded in a basis of functions. The Finite Element Method lends itself well to adaptive refinement, irregular geometry, and good error estimates.

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### Boundary conditions in the Finite Element Method at only one side of computational domain

I want to solve a Sturm-Liouville problem in 1D, i.e., \begin{align} [p(x)\ u'(x)]'+q(x)u(x) = f(x) \end{align} with boundary conditions \begin{align} u(0)=a \hspace{1cm} u'(0)=b \end{align} How do I ...
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### Is it possible to predict the null space of a structure from contributing elements null spaces?

I am trying to solve an almost incompressible problem with heterogeneous properties by domain decomposition. Solution with CG converges slowly or divergerces completely. My problem becomes ill-...
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### Poisson equation with pure Neumann boundary conditions (using FEM)

I am trying to derive the correct variational form for the Poisson equation with pure Neumann boundary conditions, and an additional contraint $\int_{\Omega} u \, {\rm d} x = 0$, as described in this ...
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### Conjugate residual/gradient convergence checking in practice

Let's say we want to solve $Ax=b$ ($A$ symmetric positive /semi/definite) with the conjugate residual/gradient method. $A$ comes from FEM where the mesh is being refined. The exact solution is $x_*$ ...
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### Extrapolation after successive finite element refinement

I wish to compute a certain function $\lambda$ (in my case an eigenvalue of the Laplacian) to a certain accuracy, which I wish to guarantee, if possible. I started with a finite element method. I know ...
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### Creating FEM mesh for image region — what is the most suitable shape function?

I wish to create a FEM mesh to solve an inverse elasticity problem, for an irregular domain. This domain is given by a medical image, so it is discretised and each square on the grid has one scalar ...
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### Mixed DG for Poisson with mixed BC's

I am trying to find a good reference on a proper weak formulation for mixed DG (Raviart Thomas and DG) formulation for a Poisson equation with mixed boundary conditions. Can anyone suggest a good ...
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### Efficient assembly of finite element matrix(coupled equations case)

I noticed this post, where spalloc and sparse are recommended for efficient assembly in Matlab. I personally use sparse ...
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### A Question About Weak Forms in Fenics

Is it possible to use test and trial functions from two different function spaces (defined over two different meshes) in a single weak form? Under what conditions can I do this (eg., each term in the ...
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### Beam finite element stiffness matrix from section constitutive matrix

I'm trying to construct the 12 x 12 beam element stiffness matrix from a section constitutive matrix (6 x 6 with shear stiffnesses, axial stiffness, bending stiffnesses and torsional stiffness on the ...