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Stéphane P. A. Bordas, Raphaël Bulle, Franz Chouly, Jack S. Hale, Alexei Lozinski:

Hierarchical a posteriori error estimation of Bank–Weiser type in the Fenics project

Abstract:

In the seminal paper of Bank and Weiser [Math. Comp., 44 (1985), pp. 283–301] a new a posteriori estimator was introduced. This estimator requires the solution of a local Neumann problem on every cell of the finite element mesh. Despite the promise of Bank–Weiser type estimators, namely locality, computational efficiency, and asymptotic sharpness, they have seen little use in practical computational problems. The focus of this contribution is to describe a novel implementation of hierarchical estimators of the Bank–Weiser type in a modern high-level finite element software with automatic code generation capabilities. We show how to use the estimator to drive (goal-oriented) adaptive mesh refinement for diverse Poisson problems and for mixed approximations of the nearly-incompressible elasticity problems. We provide comparisons with various other used estimators. Two open source implementations in the DOLFIN and DOLFINx solvers of the FEniCS Project are provided as supplementary material.

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