Speaker(s) / Presenter(s):
Charuka Dilhara Wickramasinghe, University of Kentucky
Title: A C0 finite element method for the biharmonic problem with Dirichlet boundary conditions in a polygonal domain
In this talk, we discuss the biharmonic equation with Dirichlet boundary conditions in a polygonal domain. In particular, we propose a method that effectively decouples the fourth-order problem into a system of two Poison equations and one Stokes equation, or a system of one Stokes equation and one Poisson equation. It is shown that the solution of each system is equivalent to that of the original fourth-order problem on both convex and non-convex polygonal domains. Two finite element algorithms are in turn proposed to solve the decoupled systems. In addition, we show the regularity of the solutions in each decoupled system in both the Sobolev space and the weighted Sobolev space, and we derive the optimal error estimates for the numerical solutions on both quasi-uniform meshes and graded meshes. Numerical test results are presented to justify the theoretical findings.
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