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On an optimal biharmonic solver

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  • UserShaun Lui (University of Manitoba)
  • ClockThursday 24 May 2012, 15:00-16:00
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The Dirichlet biharmonic equation occurs in many areas of science and engineering, including fluid mechanics, elasticity, material science, etc. It is a fourth order partial differential equation (PDE) which means that the numerical solution of this equation is far more difficult than second order PDEs such as the Poisson equation. We shall use the preconditioned conjugate gradient method, which solves the finite element problem in a complexity proportional to the number of unknowns. The crucial step is to find a preconditioned based on the Poincare–Steklov operator (or Dirichlet to Neumann map) for a pseudodifferential operator. This method works for smooth domains in any number of space dimensions. It builds upon the fundamental work by Glowinski and Pironneau.

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