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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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### What are the conceptual differences between the finite element and finite volume method?

There is an obvious difference between finite difference and the finite volume method (moving from point definition of the equations to integral averages over cells). But I find FEM and FVM to be very ...
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### What are criteria to choose between finite-differences and finite-elements

I am used to thinking of finite-differences as a special case of finite-elements, on a very constrained grid. So what are the conditions on how to choose between Finite Difference Method (FDM) and ...
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### Modern resources for learning FEM

I need to get started using Finite Element Methods. I am about to start reading Numerical solutions of partial differential equations by the finite element method by Claes Johnson, but it's dated 1987....
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### What is a good way to run parameter studies in C++

The problem I'm currently working on a Finite Element Navier Stokes simulation and I would like to investigate the effects of a variety of parameters. Some parameters are specified in an input file ...
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### What is the purpose of using integration by parts in deriving a weak form for FEM discretization?

When going from the strong form of a PDE to the FEM form it seems one should always do this by first stating the variational form. To do this you multiply the strong form by an element in some (...
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### How to incorporate the boundary conditions with the Galerkin method?

I've been reading some resources on the web about Galerkin methods to solve PDEs, but I'm not clear about something. The following is my own account of what I have understood. Consider the following ...
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### Basic explanation of shape function

I just started studying FEM in a more structured basis compared to what I used to do during my undergraduate courses. I am doing this because, despite the fact that I can use the "FEM" in commercial (...
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### Finding which triangles points are in

Suppose I have a 2D mesh consisting of nonoverlapping triangles $\{T_k\}_{k=1}^N$, and a set of points $\{p_i\}_{i=1}^M \subset \cup_{k=1}^N T_K$. What is the best way to determine which triangle each ...
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### What is the general idea of Nitsche's method in numerical analysis?

I know that the Nitsche's method is a very attractive methods since it allows to take into account Dirichlet type boundary conditions or contact with friction boundary conditions in a weak way without ...
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### What are differences between 'a priori' and 'posteriori' error estimate in numerical analysis?

I have learnt about Finite Element Method (also a little on other numerical methods) but I don't know what are exactly definition of these two errors and differences between them?
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### How to derive the Weak Formulation of a Partial Differential Equation for Finite Element Method?

I have taken a basic introduction to Finite Element Method, which did not emphasize a sophisticated understanding of a 'weak formulation'. I understand that with the galerkin method, we multiply both ...
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### Visualizing discontinuous Galerkin/finite element data

I would like to visualize simulation results, obtained using the discontinuous Galerkin (DG) approach, within ParaView. Similarly to finite volume methods, the problem domain is divided into cube-...
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### FeniCS: Visualizing high order elements

I've just started messing around with FEniCS. I am solving Poisson with 3rd order elements and would like to visualize the results. However, when I use plot(u), the visualization is just a linear ...
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### What are the relative benefits of using Adams-Moulton over Adams-Bashforth algorithm?

I am solving a system of two coupled PDE's in two spatial dimensions and in time computationally. Since the function evaluations are expensive, I would like to use a multistep method (initialised ...
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### What is the purpose of the test function in Finite Element Analysis?

In the wave equation: $$c^2 \nabla \cdot \nabla u(x,t) - \frac{\partial^2 u(x,t)}{\partial t^2} = f(x,t)$$ Why do we first multiply by a test function $v(x,t)$ before integrating?
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### What is a common file/data format for a mesh (for FEM)?

I'm developing an FEM simulation. For early testing, I will use simple self-written mesher and visualisation of the mesh graph. But I want to prepare my program to use data generated by an existing ...
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### Calculation of the sparsity structure for finite element matrices

Question: What methods are available to accurately and efficiently calculate the sparsity structure of a finite element matrix? Info: I'm working on a Poisson Pressure Equation solver, using Galerkin'...
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### What are possible methods to solve compressible Euler equations

I would like to write my own solver for compressible Euler equations, and most importantly I want it to work robustly in all situations. I would like it to be FE based (DG is ok). What are the ...
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### Finite elements $W^{1,\infty}$ error estimates

Are there finite element method setups that provide error estimates in the $W^{1,\infty}$ norm (i.e., bounds on $\|u'_h - u'\|_\infty$)? Which families of elements can be used for implementing them? (...
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### What is the difference between implicit FEM and explicit FEM?

What is the difference between explicit FEM and implicit FEM exactly? According to the post here, it seems that the only difference is whether implicit or explicit time integration is used. As I ...
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### Are there finite element software who handles more than five dimensions?

I'm a beginner with FE. My application is the pricing of financial derivatives where the space is five dimensional. So, adding time, the problem has six dimensions. I tried to look around (Fenics, ...
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### How to make a good mesh in a biologically accurate model with very small domains

I have been trying to make a biologically accurate 2D spatial model of tissue layers, where different physiological processes happen. This includes mainly chemical reactions, diffusion and fluxes over ...
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### How to formulate lumped mass matrix in FEM

When solving time dependent PDE's using the finite element method, for example say the heat equation, if we use explicit time stepping then we have to solve a linear system because of the mass matrix. ...
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### Why do the shape of finite elements matter?

I have used FEA for a couple of years now, but using it and using it correctly are two different things, safety factor is not the solution to everything. I have the feeling I won't be using it right ...
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### Raviart-Thomas elements on reference square

I'd like to learn how the Raviart-Thomas (RT) element works. To that end I'd like to analytically describe how the basis functions look on the reference square. The goal here is not to implement it ...
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### What is the impact of C++11 move semantics in the context of scientific computing?

C++11 introduces move semantics which can, for example, improve code performance in situations where C++03 would need to perform a copy construction or copy assignment. This article reports that ...
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### Are 8 Gauss points required for second order hexahedral finite elements?

Is it possible to get second order accuracy for hexahedral finite elements with fewer than 8 Gauss points without introducing unphysical modes? A single central Gauss point introduces an unphysical ...
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### Quadrature rules, methodologies, and references

There is at least one quite comprehensive encyclopaedia of quadrature rules that doesn't seem to have been updated in quite a while and has restricted access. This source refers to several classical ...
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### DG local equation, how to interpret mean-averaged test function

In the paper http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0045782509003521, an HDG element-local equation is described on page 584 equation (4), with one of the equations taking the following ...
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### Motivation behind Galerkin method

I have a question about Galerkin method. I don't understand why the Galerkin method weights the residual by the shape functions and sets it equal to zero. I want to know what is reason of this. Why we ...