Superconvergence in the generalized finite element method

Ivo Babuška, Uday Banerjee, John E. Osborn

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In this paper, we address the problem of the existence of superconvergence points of approximate solutions, obtained from the Generalized Finite Element Method (GFEM), of a Neumann elliptic boundary value problem. GFEM is a Galerkin method that uses non-polynomial shape functions, and was developed in (Babuška et al. in SIAM J Numer Anal 31, 945-981, 1994; Babuška et al. in Int J Numer Meth Eng 40, 727-758, 1997; Melenk and Babuška in Comput Methods Appl Mech Eng 139, 289-314, 1996). In particular, we show that the superconvergence points for the gradient of the approximate solution are the zeros of a system of non-linear equations; this system does not depend on the solution of the boundary value problem. For approximate solutions with second derivatives, we have also characterized the superconvergence points of the second derivatives of the approximate solution as the roots of a system of non-linear equations. We note that smooth generalized finite element approximation is easy to construct.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-395
Number of pages43
JournalNumerische Mathematik
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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