An a posteriori error estimate for the generalized finite element method for transient heat diffusion problems

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Abstract

We propose the study of a posteriori error estimates for time-dependent generalized finite element simulations of heat transfer problems. A residual estimate is shown to provide reliable and practically useful upper bounds for the numerical errors, independent of the heuristically chosen enrichment functions. Two sets of numerical experiments are presented. First, the error estimate is shown to capture the decrease in the error as the number of enrichment functions is increased or the time discretization refined. Second, the estimate is used to predict the behaviour of the error where no exact solution is available. It also reflects the errors incurred in the poorly conditioned
systems typically encountered in generalised finite element methods. Finally we study local error indicators in individual time steps and elements of the mesh. This creates a basis towards the adaptive selection and refinement of the enrichment functions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1103-1118
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Volume110
Issue number12
Early online date17 Nov 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2017

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