Towards a variational complex for the finite element method

Mansfield, Elizabeth L. and Quispel, R. (2005) Towards a variational complex for the finite element method. Group Theory and Numerical Analysis, 39 . pp. 207-232. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Variational and symplectic integrators are now popular for mechanical systems, both because of their good long term stability and qualitative fit. Sucy integrators mimic or inherit the Lagrangian, respectively Hamiltonian, structure of the continuous model. A variational complex is a theoretical tool for the rigorous study of Lagrangian systems and their conservation laws. This article examines whether a formulation of a variational calculus for finite element methods, for an arbitrary finite element approximation scheme, is possible. The motivation is that this would allow a variational scheme to be written down for a given approximation model. Moreover, the stability and the conservation laws of such integrators could be studied without any need for individual, ad hoc arguments. A number of examples are considered, mainly one-dimensional, and conditions for a suitable complex derived.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Ordinary differential-equations; conservation-laws; inverse problem; moving coframes; lie symmetries; calculus; foundations
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science)
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Mathematics Statistics and Actuarial Science
Depositing User: Judith Broom
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:26
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2014 07:50
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