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Title: Adaptive discontinuous Galerkin methods for nonlinear parabolic problems
Author: Metcalfe, Stephen Arthur
ISNI:       0000 0004 5365 1886
Awarding Body: University of Leicester
Current Institution: University of Leicester
Date of Award: 2015
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This work is devoted to the study of a posteriori error estimation and adaptivity in parabolic problems with a particular focus on spatial discontinuous Galerkin (dG) discretisations. We begin by deriving an a posteriori error estimator for a linear non-stationary convection-diffusion problem that is discretised with a backward Euler dG method. An adaptive algorithm is then proposed to utilise the error estimator. The effectiveness of both the error estimator and the proposed algorithm is shown through a series of numerical experiments. Moving on to nonlinear problems, we investigate the numerical approximation of blow-up. To begin this study, we first look at the numerical approximation of blow-up in nonlinear ODEs through standard time stepping schemes. We then derive an a posteriori error estimator for an implicit-explicit (IMEX) dG discretisation of a semilinear parabolic PDE with quadratic nonlinearity. An adaptive algorithm is proposed that uses the error estimator to approach the blow-up time. The adaptive algorithm is then applied in a series of test cases to gauge the effectiveness of the error estimator. Finally, we consider the adaptive numerical approximation of a nonlinear interface problem that is used to model the mass transfer of solutes through semi-permiable membranes. An a posteriori error estimator is proposed for the IMEX dG discretisation of the model and its effectiveness tested through a series of numerical experiments.
Supervisor: Georgoulis, Emmanuil; Cangiani, Andrea Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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