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Preprint 2018-05

Ernesto Cáceres, Gabriel N. Gatica, Filander A. Sequeira:

A mixed virtual element method for a pseudostress-based formulation of linear elasticity


In this paper we introduce and analyze a mixed virtual element method (mixed-VEM) for a pseudostress-displacement formulation of the linear elasticity problem with non-homogeneous Dirichlet boundary conditions. We follow a previous work by some of the authors, and employ a mixed formulation that does not require symmetric tensor spaces in the finite element discretization. More precisely, the main unknowns here are given by the pseudostress and the displacement, whereas other physical quantities such as the stress, the strain tensor of small deformations, and the rotation, are computed through simple postprocessing formulae in terms of the pseudostress variable. We first recall the corresponding variational formulation, and then summarize the main mixed-VEM ingredients that are required for our discrete analysis. In particular, we utilize a well-known local projector onto a suitable polynomial subspace to define a calculable version of our discrete bilinear form, whose continuous version requires information of the variables on the interior of each element. Next, we show that the global discrete bilinear form satisfies the hypotheses required by the Babuka-Brezzi theory. In this way, we conclude the well-posedness of our mixed-VEM scheme and derive the associated a priori error estimates for the virtual solutions as well as for the fully computable projections of them. Furthermore, we also introduce a second element-by-element postprocessing formula for the pseudostress, which yields an optimally convergent approximation of this unknown with respect to the broken H(div)-norm. In addition, this postprocessing formula can also be applied to the postprocessed stress tensor. Finally, several numerical results illustrating the good performance of the method and confirming the theoretical rates of convergence are presented.

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This preprint gave rise to the following definitive publication(s):

Ernesto CáCERES, Gabriel N. GATICA, Filander A. SEQUEIRA: A mixed virtual element method for a pseudostress-based formulation of linear elasticity. Applied Numerical Mathematics, vol. 135, pp. 423-442, (2019).