A Triangular Finite Element with First-derivative Continuity Applied to Fusion MHD Applications

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We describe properties of the reduced quintic triangular finite element. The expansion used in the element will represent a complete quartic polynomial in two dimensions, and thus the error will be of order h5 if the solution is sufficiently smooth. The quintic terms are constrained to enforce C1 continuity across element boundaries, allowing their use with partial differential equations involving derivatives up to fourth order. There are only three unknowns per node in the global problem, which leads to lower rank matrices when compared with other high-order methods with similar accuracy but lower order continuity. The integrations to form the ... continued below

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Jardin, S.C. January 30, 2004.

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We describe properties of the reduced quintic triangular finite element. The expansion used in the element will represent a complete quartic polynomial in two dimensions, and thus the error will be of order h5 if the solution is sufficiently smooth. The quintic terms are constrained to enforce C1 continuity across element boundaries, allowing their use with partial differential equations involving derivatives up to fourth order. There are only three unknowns per node in the global problem, which leads to lower rank matrices when compared with other high-order methods with similar accuracy but lower order continuity. The integrations to form the matrix elements are all done in closed form, even for the nonlinear terms. The element is shown to be well suited for elliptic problems, anisotropic diffusion, the Grad-Shafranov-Schlter equation, and the time-dependent MHD or extended MHD equations. The element is also well suited for 3D calculations when the third (angular) dimension is represented as a Fourier series.

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  • Report No.: PPPL-3921
  • Grant Number: AC02-76CH03073
  • DOI: 10.2172/821521 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 821521
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc785238

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Jardin, S.C. A Triangular Finite Element with First-derivative Continuity Applied to Fusion MHD Applications, report, January 30, 2004; Princeton, New Jersey. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc785238/: accessed May 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.