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Code: 25/2009
Title: An anisotropic Zienkiewicz-Zhu a posteriori error estimator for 3D applications
Date: Wednesday 26th August 2009
Author(s) : Farrell, P.e.; Micheletti, Stefano; Perotto, Simona
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Abstract: We extend the anisotropic Zienkiewicz-Zhu a posteriori error estimator of [1] to three dimensions. Like the standard Zienkiewicz-Zhu estimator, the proposed estimator is designed to be independent of the problem at hand, is cheap to compute and easy to implement. In contrast to the standard Zienkiewicz-Zhu estimator, the elementwise counterpart of the proposed estimator explicitly takes into account the geometrical properties of the actual tetrahedron. Thus, in a wide variety of applications, the estimator is able to detect the anisotropic features exhibited by the solution of the governing equations. A metric-based optimization procedure, rigorously addressed, drives the adaptation of the mesh. It is shown numerically to yield quasi-optimal triangulations, dictating the accuracy-vs-number of elements behaviour. Despite being heuristic to some extent, in practice the overall anisotropic adaptation procedure turns out to be effective.