Berninger, H. and Kornhuber, R. and Sander, O. (2011) Fast and robust numerical solution of the Richards equation in homogeneous soil. SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, 49 (6). pp. 25762597. ISSN 00361429

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1137/100782887
Abstract
We derive and analyze a solverfriendly finite element discretization of a time discrete Richards equation based on Kirchhoff transformation. It can be interpreted as a classical finite element discretization in physical variables with nonstandard quadrature points. Our approach allows for nonlinear outflow or seepage boundary conditions of Signorini type. We show convergence of the saturation and, in the nondegenerate case, of the discrete physical pressure. The associated discrete algebraic problems can be formulated as discrete convex minimization problems and, therefore, can be solved efficiently by monotone multigrid methods. In numerical examples for two and three space dimensions we observe $L^2$convergence rates of order $\mathcal{O}(h^2)$ and $H^1$convergence rates of order $\mathcal{O}(h)$ as well as robust convergence behavior of the multigrid method with respect to extreme choices of soil parameters.
Item Type:  Article 

Uncontrolled Keywords:  Saturatedunsaturated porous media flow, Kirchhoff transformation, convex minimization, finite elements, monotone multigrid 
Subjects:  Mathematical and Computer Sciences > Mathematics > Numerical Analysis 
Divisions:  Department of Mathematics and Computer Science > Institute of Mathematics 
ID Code:  1799 
Deposited By:  Ekaterina Engel 
Deposited On:  18 Feb 2016 09:53 
Last Modified:  03 Mar 2017 14:41 
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