Adaptive space-time finite element methods for parabolic optimal control problems

Andreas Schafelner

March 15, 2022, 2:30 p.m. S2 054

We present new locally stabilized space-time finite element methods on fully unstructured simplicial space-time meshes for the numerical solution of space-time tracking parabolic optimal control problems with the standard $L_2$-regularization. We perform an a priori discretization error analysis, and derive a priori discretization error estimates in terms of the local mesh-sizes for shape-regular meshes.The adaptive version is driven by local residual error indicators, or, alternatively, by local error indicators derived from a new functional a posteriori error estimator. The latter provides a guaranteed upper bound of the error, but is more costly than the residual error indicators.We perform numerical tests for benchmark examples having different features, where we additionally consider the parallel performance of our method. In particular, we consider a discontinuous target in form of a first expanding and then contracting ball in 3d that is fixed in the 4d space-time cylinder.