A new approach to Richardson extrapolation in the finite element method for second order elliptic problems
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2009

This paper presents a nonstandard local approach to Richardson extrapolation, when it is used to increase the accuracy of the standard finite element approximation of solutions of second order elliptic boundary value problems in $ \mathbb{R}^N$, $ N \ge 2$. The main feature of the approach is that it does not rely on a traditional asymptotic error expansion, but rather depends on a more easily proved weaker a priori estimate, derived in [19], called an asymptotic error expansion inequality. In order to use this inequality to verify that the Richardson procedure works at a point, we require a local condition which links the different subspaces used for extrapolation. Roughly speaking, this condition says that the subspaces are similar about a point, i.e., any one of them can be made to locally coincide with another by a simple scaling of the independent variable about that point. Examples of finite element subspaces that occur in practice and satisfy this condition are given.

similarity of subspaces

finite element method


local estimates

asymptotic error expansion inequalities

Richardson extrapolation

elliptic equations


Mohammad Asadzadeh

Chalmers, Matematiska vetenskaper, Matematik

Göteborgs universitet

Alfred, H. Schatz

Cornell University

Wolfgang Wendland

Universität Stuttgart

Mathematics of Computation

0025-5718 (ISSN) 1088-6842 (eISSN)

Vol. 78 4 1951-1973





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