Volume 53, Number 5, September-October 2019
|Page(s)||1667 - 1694|
|Published online||13 September 2019|
Coupling non-conforming discretizations of PDEs by spectral approximation of the Lagrange multiplier space
SCI-SB-SD, Institute of Mathematics, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Station 8, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
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Accepted: 25 April 2019
This work focuses on the development of a non-conforming method for the coupling of PDEs based on weakly imposed transmission conditions: the continuity of the global solution is enforced by a finite number of Lagrange multipliers defined over the interfaces of adjacent subdomains. The method falls into the class of primal hybrid methods, which include also the well-known mortar method. Differently from the mortar method, we discretize the space of basis functions on the interface by spectral approximation independently of the discretization of the two adjacent domains. In particular, our approach can be regarded as a specialization of the three-field method in which the spaces used to enforce the continuity of the solution and its conormal derivative across the interface are taken equal. One of the possible choices to approximate the interface variational space – which we consider here – is by Fourier basis functions. As we show in the numerical simulations, the method is well-suited for the coupling of problems defined on globally non-conforming meshes or discretized with basis functions of different polynomial degree in each subdomain. We also investigate the possibility of coupling solutions obtained with incompatible numerical methods, namely the finite element method and isogeometric analysis.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 65N55 / 65N60
Key words: Non-conforming method / finite element method / isogeometric analysis
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