A Posteriori Error Estimation via Equilibrated Stress Reconstruction for Unilateral Contact Problems

seminario CDLab
Ilaria Fontana
EDF Lab Paris–Saclay e IMAG, University of Montpellier


seminari CDLab - ore 15.00




Microsoft Teams


Dimitri Breda


Link Teams: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19:meeting_NzcwNTQzM2MtOGRhOC00M2M1LWFjZjUtYTgwYzA4MDNhZjhh@thread.v2/0?context=%7B%22Tid%22%3A%226e6ade15-296c-4224-ac58-1c8ec2fd53a8%22%2C%22Oid%22%3A%220a55bca1-fdf8-41f3-9641-5d41328bbd79%22%7D @CDLab: http://cdlab.uniud.it/events/seminar-20210603-fontana ABSTRACT: “Engineering teams often use finite element numerical simulations to study large hydraulic structures. In particular, the models for concrete dams have to be capable of taking into account the non-linear behavior of discontinuities which strongly depends on the presence of contact. Furthermore, during simulations based on the finite element approximation, the quality of the numerical solution can be measured through some local a posteriori error estimators which can give information on the local error. These local estimators can be used to distinguish the different components of the error, to control locally the error and to perform an adaptive refinement of the mesh. In this presentation we focus on the unilateral contact problem without friction, in which the contact is mathematically represented by some inequalities on the involved boundary part. In literature different numerical methods are proposed, notably penalty methods, mixed methods and Nitsche-based methods. We consider the latter since it allows to treat contact boundary conditions in a weak sense with a consistent formulation and without the introduction of additional unknowns such as Lagrange multipliers. For this problem we show a posteriori error estimation based on an equilibrated stress reconstruction. This equilibrated stress is used to compute some local and global estimators which separate the different components of the computational error. In particular, the local estimators show how the error is distributed over the mesh and, as a consequence, provide a method to refine the mesh in an adaptive way. Moreover, based on the properties of these estimators, we can define local or global stopping criteria for the linearization solver and for the adjustment of some parameters. We also propose a practical way to obtain an equilibrated, H(div)-conforming, weakly symmetric stress reconstruction via local problems defined on patches around the vertices of the mesh using the Arnold-Falk-Winther mixed element space. Finally, we present some simulations in which we adaptively refine the coarse initial mesh using the distribution of the local estimators and obtaining a better convergence order of the error.”