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Pre-Publicación 2017-31

David Mora, Gonzalo Rivera:

A priori and a posteriori error estimates for a virtual element spectral analysis for the elasticity equations

Abstract:

We present a priori and a posteriori error analysis of a Virtual Element Method (VEM) to approximate the vibration frequencies and modes of an elastic solid. We analyze a variational formulation relying only on the solid displacement and propose an H1( )-conforming discretization by means of VEM. Under standard assumptions on the computational domain, we show that the resulting scheme provides a correct approximation of the spectrum and prove an optimal order error estimate for the eigenfunctions and a double order for the eigenvalues. Since, the VEM has the advantage of using general polygonal meshes, which allows implementing efficiently mesh refinement strategies, we also introduce a residual-type a posteriori error estimator and prove its reliability and efficiency. We use the corresponding error estimator to drive an adaptive scheme. Finally, we report the results of a couple of numerical tests that allow us to assess the performance of this approach.

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