Local adaptive q-enrichments and generalized finite elements for transient heat diffusion problems

Muhammad Iqbal, David Stark, Heiko Gimperlein, M. Shadi Mohamed, Omar Laghrouche

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A residual a-posteriori error estimate is used in conjunction with a q-adaptive procedure for selecting enrichment functions in the modelling of transient heat diffusion problems with the Generalized Finite Element Method (GFEM). The error estimate allows to assess local as well as global errors of the GFEM solutions and provides a tool to adaptively enrich the approximation space. With the proposed adaptive algorithm, the total number of degrees of freedom (DOFs) is significantly reduced in comparison to uniform enrichment. For a comparable accuracy, a reduction of up to 80% in DOFs is achieved. Moreover, the error estimate captures the deterioration of the conditioning of the system matrix typically encountered in enrichment based methods and enables the possibility of keeping the condition number within an acceptable limit.
Original languageEnglish
Article number113359
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Early online date22 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020


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