Duality-based two-level error estimation for time-dependent PDEs : application to linear and nonlinear parabolic equations

G. Simsek, X. Wu, K.G. Zee, van der, E.H. Brummelen, van

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Abstract

We introduce a duality-based two-level error estimator for linear and nonlinear time-dependent problems. The error measure can be a space–time norm, energy norm, final-time error or other error related functional. The general methodology is developed for an abstract nonlinear parabolic PDE and subsequently applied to linear heat and nonlinear Cahn–Hilliard equations. The error due to finite element approximations is estimated with a residual weighted approximate-dual solution which is computed with two primal approximations at nested levels. We prove that the exact error is estimated by our estimator up to higher-order remainder terms. Numerical experiments confirm the theory regarding consistency of the dual-based two-level estimator. We also present a novel space–time adaptive strategy to control errors based on the new estimator. Keywords: A posteriori error estimation; Energy norm; Duality-based error estimation; Cahn–Hilliard equation; Space–time error; Adaptivity
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-109
Number of pages27
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Volume288
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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