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2006.336: The reliability of local error estimators for convection diffusion equations

2006.336: David Kay and David J. Silvester (2001) The reliability of local error estimators for convection diffusion equations. IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis, 21 (1). pp. 107-122. ISSN 0272-4979

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DOI: 10.1093/imanum/21.1.107


We assess the reliability of a simple a posteriori error estimator for steady-state convection–diffusion equations in cases where convection dominates. Our estimator is computed by solving a local Poisson problem with Neumann boundary conditions. It gives global upper and local lower bounds on the error measured in the H1 semi-norm. However, the error may be overestimated locally within boundary layers if these are not resolved by the mesh, that is, when the local mesh Péclet number is significantly greater than unity. We discuss the implications of this overestimation in a practical context where the estimator is used as a local error indicator within a self-adaptive mesh refinement process.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:MSC 2000 > 65 Numerical analysis
MIMS number:2006.336
Deposited By:Miss Louise Stait
Deposited On:17 August 2006

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