Finite Element Method on uniform and adaptive polygonal and polyhedral meshes

Prof. Dr. Sergej Rjasanow, Universität des Saarlandes

30 May 2016, 16:15–17:45; Location: S2|17-103

In the development of numerical methods to solve boundary value problems the requirement of flexible mesh handling gains more and more importance. The BEM-based finite element method [1] is one of the new promising strategies which yield conforming approximations on polygonal and polyhedral meshes, respectively. This flexibility is obtained by special trial functions which are defined implicitly as solutions of local boundary value problems related to the underlying differential equation in the spirit of Trefftz [2]. Due to this construction, the approximation space already inherit some properties of the unknown solution. These implicitly defined trial functions are treated by means of boundary element methods (BEM) in the realisation.

The presentation gives a short introduction into the BEM-based FEM and deals with recent challenges and developments. The basic idea in the construction of trial functions is generalised, and thus, trial functions of arbitrary order are obtained [3]. Furthermore, by using a posteriori error estimates, it is possible to achieve optimal rates of convergence even for problems with non-smooth solutions on adaptive refined polygonal meshes [4]. Several numerical examples confirm the theoretical results.


[1] S. Rjasanow and S. Weißer. FEM with Trefftz trial functions on polyhedral elements. Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, 263:202-217, 2014.

[2] E. Trefftz. Ein Gegenstück zum Ritzschen Verfahren. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress of Technical Mechanics, Orell Fussli Verlag, 131-137, 1926.

[3] S. Rjasanow and S. Weißer. Higher order BEM-based FEM on polygonal meshes.SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, 50(5):2357-2378, 2012.

[4] S. Weißer. Residual error estimate for BEM-based FEM on polygonal meshes. Numer. Math., 118(4):765-788, 2011.


This talk is based on joint research together with Steffen Weißer.

Category: CE Seminar


Technische Universität Darmstadt

Graduate School CE
Dolivostraße 15
D-64293 Darmstadt

Phone+49 6151/16-24401
Fax -24404

to assistants' office

Open BSc/MSc Theses

Show a list of open BSc/MSc topics at GSC CE.

 Print |  Impressum |  Sitemap |  Search |  Contact |  Privacy Policy
zum Seitenanfangzum Seitenanfang