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# 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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### Understanding Boundary Condition in FEM

I am trying to understand Dirichlet and Neumann boundary conditions in FEM and I wanted to know if my inference is correct. To articulate my understanding, lets consider a simple case of TE and TM ...
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### Do practice and theory differ substantially when implementing Neumann Boundary Conditions using a Mixed Method?

I have implemented a pretty straightforward finite element solver for the following Poisson equation. For the purposes of this question we can assume the source term and the Dirichlet data both ...
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### Will penalty-augmented stiffness matrix cause numerical issues in eigenvalue analysis?

In the finite element method, we often construct the constraints of the system by adding penalty-function terms ( which often are many many magnitudes, up to $10^6$ order bigger than the largest ...
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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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### How to do FEM in sector elements?

Suppose we have an element in the polar coordinate as $0\leq r\leq 1$, $0\leq\theta\leq \alpha$. What are the correct basis functions in this element? For this kind of mesh, there are a lot of ...
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### How to get an "optimal point" for refinement in FEM adaptive mesh refinement?

Consider the following 1D problem \begin{align*} \begin{cases} \displaystyle -\frac{d^2u}{dx^2} = f(x), \hspace{0.5cm} x\in (a,b) \\[4mm] u(a) = u_{a}, \ \ u(b) = u_{b} \end{cases} \end{align*} I ...
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### About the condition $\ker(B_h) \subset \ker(B)$ in mixed finite elements formulation

I'm studying mixed finite elements. The problem is a classical saddle-point one: we seek for $(u,p)$ in $V \times Q$: $$A u + B^t p = f$$ $$Bu = g$$ where $A: V \rightarrow V', B:V \rightarrow Q'$ ...
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### Galerkin Least-Squares stabilization for FEM solution advection (hyperbolic) equations

I am playing with Galerkin Least-Squares stabilization to solve advection diffusion problem in the context of the finite element method. This works very well for steady-state advection-diffusion ...
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### Numerical methods for the continuity equation with Sobolev vector field

Consider the continuity equation $$\partial_t \rho(x,t) + \operatorname{div} (b(x,t) \rho(x,t)) = 0, \qquad t \in [0,T], \quad x \in \mathbb R^N,$$ with $b \in L^1((0,T), W^{1,p}(\mathbb R^N))$. ...
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### Correct approach for thermal finite element simulation of layered assembly

I would like to optimise the heat transfer on a PCB. Several dies are on the top and cooling air is going through the fins in heat sink on the bottom. The assembly consists of several layers like ...
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My system is a symmetric FE problem with lagrange multipliers: $Z=\begin{pmatrix}A & C^T \\ C & 0\end{pmatrix}$ The matrix $A$ is positive semi-definite, non-invertible. The whole matrix is ...