Convergence rates for adaptive finite elements

Fernando D. Gaspoz, Pedro Morin


In this article we prove that it is possible to construct, using newest-vertex bisection, meshes that equidistribute the error in $H^1$-norm, whenever the function to approximate can be decomposed as a sum of a regular part plus a singular part with singularities around a finite number of points. This decomposition is usual in regularity results of Partial Differential Equations (PDE). As a consequence, the meshes turn out to be quasi-optimal, and convergence rates for adaptive finite element methods (AFEM) using Lagrange finite elements of any polynomial degree are obtained.

Published: IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis 2008; doi: 10.1093/imanum/drn039


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