University of Minnesota
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
Spring 2000 Seminar Series

Error estimation and adaptive meshing in nonlinear dynamic problems

Dr. Raul Radovitzky

Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories, California Institute of Technology


We present a general variational framework for mesh adaption in strongly nonlinear, possibly dynamic, problems. We begin by showing that the solutions of the incremental boundary value problem for a wide class of materials, including nonlinear elastic materials, compressible newtonian fluids, and viscoplastic solids, obey a minimum principle, provided that the constitutive updates are formulated appropriately. This minimum principle can be taken as a basis for asymptotic error estimation. In particular, we chose to monitor the error of a lower-order projection of the finite element solution. The optimal mesh size distribution then follows from a posteriori error indicators which are purely local, i.e., can be computed element-by-element. We demonstrate the robustness and versatility of the computational framework with the aid of convergence studies and selected examples of application.

Friday, February 18, 2000
209 Akerman Hall
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Refreshments served after the seminar in 227 Akerman Hall.
Disability accomodations provided upon request.
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