# 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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### Software and tutorial for FEM

i'm looking for some advice for finite element analisys. i'm a biomedical engineering student with few knowledge about the FEM. Tools like Comsol and Ansys are very powerfull but also complex and i ...
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### Use of 7-node rectangular serendipity element

I am would like to use 8-node quadrilateral serendipity elements to model a problem. However it seems to me that mid-nodes are not required at the boundary, as shown in the diagram below i.e. elements ...
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### Typo in a-priori error estimate in a Discontinuous Galerkin paper

I'm looking at this famous paper which is available in the link below: Franco Brezzi, LD Marini, Endre Süli, Discontinuous Galerkin methods for first-order hyperbolic problems, Mathematical Models ...
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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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### preconditioner for Laplace "without" boundary values

I'm looking at solving systems with the FEM discretization $$-\int_\Omega (\Delta u) v = \int_\Omega \nabla u \cdot \nabla v - \int_\Gamma (n\cdot\nabla u) v.$$ without applying Dirichlet- or ...
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### MPI vs OPENMP usage for boundary element method

I have an implementation question with MPI and OPENMP. I have a large three-dimensional surface mesh divided into elements. I want to loop over each element (outer loop) and compute an integral over ...
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### How to prove the stability of the interpolation?

From the book (Vidar Thomee, Galerkin finite element methods for parabolic problems), there holds (see Lemma 13.3) \begin{align}\label{eq} \|\nabla I_h u\|_{L_{\infty}}\leq C\|\nabla u\|_{L_{\infty}},\...
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### Ritz projection error estimate for bilinear Lagrange element?

For second order elliptic problem \begin{align} -\Delta u=f,\quad in ~~\Omega\\ u=0,\quad on~~ \partial\Omega, \end{align} we have for the Ritz projection for $P_1$ conforming element \begin{align} \|...
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### Applying displacement control loading using lagrange multipliers in the material non-linear finite element method

Hi I am trying to implement a simple plasticity based finite element code. I am not clear how to set up displacement control applied through Lagrange multipliers. In case of a linear problem, I did ...
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### Bubble function property: how to prove it?

I'm studying error estimators and I need a check on an estimate. In our course, we've been given the following definition of bubble function (in 2D): It's a function defined on a triangle $T$ such ...
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### Does the time-dependent 1D advection-diffusion with point sources have an analytical solution?

I am looking for the analytical solution of 1-dimensional advection-diffusion equation with several point sources, Q, along the axial length of a cylinder through which the fluid flow occurs. Neumann ...
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### How to implement point source or volume source in finite element implementations

I'm trying to do a simple implementation to study the advection-diffusion-reaction dynamics in a straight pipe. I have points positioned along the length of the pipe (blue dots in the image above). I ...
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### Computing the residual in a Dual Weighted Residual (DWR) method

I am in the process if computing the Dual-Weighted Residual (DWR) for a linear PDE with a linear functional but I am struggling with the residual part of the calculation. For example suppose we want ...
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### Dyadic operations, fourth order tensors and Tensor algebra

I am trying to understand the dyadic operation for a while since I am interested in Elasticity problems. I believe an intuitive understanding (rather than assuming) will give me good problem solving ...
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### Hanging nodes in deal.ii tutorials: how is the continuity constraint imposed?

While looking at step6 of deal.ii tutorials, I decided to try to understand how the constraints coming from hanging nodes are imposed. So I started by watching video lecture 16 by prof. Bangerth As ...
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### Finite Element Analysis based on contractions of a subset of edges in enterior of mesh

I am modelling a problem that is "driven", not by typical boundary conditions but, by contractions in its interior. In a finite element analysis, I can specify the new lengths (not ...
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### How to interpolate stress at unknown points from the stress values available based on geometrical position for constant load?

I am working on a combined contact, bending, and torsion problem. I have data on geometrical points and their instantaneous stress components. However, based on the available data, I have to ...
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### discretizing surface integral using nodal DG method

I am currently learning nodal DG methods, primarily through the book by Warburton, and am a bit confused on how to handle surface integrals using straight edged elements. On page 187 (and on page 214)...