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Führer, Thomas; Heuer, Norbert; Niemi, Antti H. (2019) An ultraweak formulation of the Kirchhoff-Love plate bending model and DPG approximation. Math. Comp. 88, 1587-1619.

An ultraweak formulation of the Kirchhoff-Love plate bending model and DPG approximation

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Author: Führer, Thomas1; Heuer, Norbert1; Niemi, Antti H.2
Organizations: 1Facultad de Matemáticas, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Avenida Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Santiago, Chile
2Structures and Construction Technology Research Unit, Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu, Erkki Koiso-Kanttilan katu 5, Linnanmaa, 90570 Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: American Mathematical Society, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-03-10


We develop and analyze an ultraweak variational formulation for a variant of the Kirchhoff–Love plate bending model. Based on this formulation, we introduce a discretization of the discontinuous Petrov–Galerkin type with optimal test functions (DPG). We prove well-posedness of the ultraweak formulation and quasi-optimal convergence of the DPG scheme.

The variational formulation and its analysis require tools that control traces and jumps in \(H^2\) (standard Sobolev space of scalar functions) and \(H(\operatorname {div}\,\, \mathbf{div}\!)\) (symmetric tensor functions with \(L_2\)-components whose twice iterated divergence is in \(L_2\)), and their dualities. These tools are developed in two and three spatial dimensions. One specific result concerns localized traces in a dense subspace of \(H(\operatorname {div}\,\, \mathbf{div}\!)\). They are essential to construct basis functions for an approximation of \(H(\operatorname {div}\,\, \mathbf{div}\!)\).

To illustrate the theory we construct basis functions of the lowest order and perform numerical experiments for a smooth and a singular model solution. They confirm the expected convergence behavior of the DPG method both for uniform and adaptively refined meshes.

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Series: Mathematics of computation
ISSN: 1088-6842
ISSN-E: 1088-6842
ISSN-L: 1088-6842
Volume: 88
Pages: 1587 - 1619
DOI: 10.1090/mcom/3381
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 111 Mathematics
216 Materials engineering
Funding: This research was supported by CONICYT through FONDECYT projects 1150056, 11170050, The Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation, and by Oulun rakennustekniikan säätiö.
Copyright information: © Copyright 2018 American Mathematical Society.