Convergence analysis of finite element methods for H(div;Omega)-elliptic interface problems
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AbstractIn this article we analyze a finite element method for solving H(div;Omega)-elliptic interface problems in general three-dimensional Lipschitz domains with smooth material interfaces. The continuous problems are discretized by means of lowest order H(div;Omega)-conforming finite elements of the first family (Raviart-Thomas or Nedelec face elements) on a family of unstructured oriented tetrahedral meshes. These resolve the smooth interface in the sense of sufficient approximation in terms of a parameter delta that quantifies the mismatch between the smooth interface and the finite element mesh. Optimal error estimates in the H(div;Omega)-norms are obtained for the first time. The analysis is based on a so-called delta-strip argument, a new extension theorem for H(1)(div)-functions across smooth interfaces, a novel non-standard interface-aware interpolation operator, and a perturbation argument for degrees of freedom in H(div;Omega)-conforming finite elements. Numerical tests are presented to verify the theoretical predictions and confirm the optimal order convergence of the numerical solution.
All Author(s) ListHiptmair R, Li J, Zou J
Journal nameJournal of Numerical Mathematics
Volume Number18
Issue Number3
Pages187 - 218
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordsconvergence analysis; face elements; finite element methods; H(div;Omega)-elliptic interface problems
Web of Science Subject CategoriesMathematics; MATHEMATICS; Mathematics, Applied; MATHEMATICS, APPLIED

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