Functional a posteriori error estimates and adaptivity for IgA schemes

Dr. Svetlana Matculevich

March 28, 2017, 3:30 p.m. S2 059

We are concern with guaranteed error control of Isogeometric Analysis (IgA) numerical approximations of elliptic boundary value problems (BVPs). The approach is discussed within the paradigm of classical linear Poisson Dirichlet model problem: find $u: \overline{\Omega} \rightarrow ℝ^d$ such that

$$- \Delta_x u = f \;\; \rm{in} \;\; \Omega, \qquad u = u_D \;\; \rm{on} \;\; \partial \Omega, \qquad (1)$$

where $\Omega \subset ℝ^d$, $d \in \{1, 2, 3\}$, denotes a bounded domain having a Lipschitz boundary $\partial \Omega$, $\Delta_x$ is the Laplace operator in space, $f \in L^{2}(\Omega)$ is a given source function, and $u_D \in H_0^1 (\Sigma)$ is a given load on the boundary.

We conduct the numerical study of the functional a posteriori error estimates integrated into the IgA framework. These so-called majorants and minorants were originally introduced in  and later applied to different mathematical models. This type of error estimates can exploit the higher smoothness of B-Splines (NURBS, THB-Splines) basis functions to its advantage. Since the obtained approximations are generally $C^{p-1}$-continuous (provided that the inner knots have the multiplicity $1$), this automatically implies that their gradients are in $H(\Omega, \mathtt{div})$ space. Therefore, there is no need in projecting it from $\nabla u_h \in L^{2}(\Omega, ℝ^d)$ into $H(\Omega, \mathtt{div})$.

The functional approach to the error estimation in combination with IgA approximations (generated by tensor-product splines) was investigated in  for (1). In the current work, we test the algorithm of the majorant reconstruction suggested , which allows the considerable reduction of the time-costs for the error estimates calculation and, in the same time, generates guaranteed, sharp, and fully computable bounds of errors. Moreover, we combine functional error estimates with THB-Splines (the implementation provided by G+smo) and demonstrate their efficiency with respect to adaptive mesh generation in IgA schemes.

This is a joint work with Prof. Ulrich Langer (RICAM) and Prof. Sergey Repin (St. Petersburg Department of V.A. Steklov Institute of Mathematics RAS).

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