The non-symmetric Nitsche method for the parameter-free imposition of weak boundary and coupling conditions in immersed finite elements

Dominik Schillinger, Isaac Harari, Ming Chen Hsu, David Kamensky, Stein K.F. Stoter, Yue Yu, Ying Zhao

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Abstract

We explore the use of the non-symmetric Nitsche method for the weak imposition of boundary and coupling conditions along interfaces that intersect through a finite element mesh. In contrast to symmetric Nitsche methods, it does not require stabilization and therefore does not depend on the appropriate estimation of stabilization parameters. We first review the available mathematical background, recollecting relevant aspects of the method from a numerical analysis viewpoint. We then compare accuracy and convergence of symmetric and non-symmetric Nitsche methods for a Laplace problem, a Kirchhoff plate, and in 3D elasticity. Our numerical experiments confirm that the non-symmetric method leads to reduced accuracy in the L2 error, but exhibits superior accuracy and robustness for derivative quantities such as diffusive flux, bending moments or stress. Based on our numerical evidence, the non-symmetric Nitsche method is a viable alternative for problems with diffusion-type operators, in particular when the accuracy of derivative quantities is of primary interest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-652
Number of pages28
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Volume309
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2016

Keywords

  • Immersed finite element methods
  • Non-symmetric Nitsche method
  • Weak boundary and coupling conditions

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