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Adaptivity and a posteriori error control for bifurcation problems I: the Bratu problem

Cliffe, Andrew; Hall, Edward; Houston, Paul; Phipps, Eric T.; Salinger, Andrew G.


Andrew Cliffe

Assistant Professor

Professor of Computational and Applied Maths

Eric T. Phipps

Andrew G. Salinger


This article is concerned with the numerical detection of bifurcation points of nonlinear partial differential equations as some parameter of interest is varied. In particular, we study in detail the numerical approximation of the Bratu problem, based on exploiting the symmetric version of the interior penalty discontinuous Galerkin finite element method. A framework for a posteriori control of the discretization error in the computed critical parameter value is developed based upon the application of the dual weighted residual (DWR) approach. Numerical experiments are presented to highlight the practical performance of the proposed a posteriori error estimator.


Cliffe, A., Hall, E., Houston, P., Phipps, E. T., & Salinger, A. G. (2010). Adaptivity and a posteriori error control for bifurcation problems I: the Bratu problem. Communications in Computational Physics, 8(4), 845-865.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 12, 2010
Online Publication Date May 17, 2010
Publication Date Oct 1, 2010
Deposit Date Oct 5, 2012
Publicly Available Date Oct 5, 2012
Journal Communications in Computational Physics
Electronic ISSN 1815-2406
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 4
Pages 845-865
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