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On spurious numerical steady states for finite element discretizations of Burgers’ equation. Effects of mesh adapting upwinding and source term. (English) Zbl 0933.65116
Summary: Spurious numerical solutions to the steady Burgers equation are studied. Results on the existence and uniqueness of approximate solutions given by R. B. Kellogg, G. R. Shubin and A. B. Stephens [SIAM J. Numer. Anal. 17, 733-739 (1980; Zbl 0463.76069)] are extended to consider linear finite elements with a non-uniform mesh, a source term or upwinding. Under specific assumptions the nonlinear effects of mesh adapting, upwinding and source term are discussed. It is shown that mesh adapting does not necessarily improves the situation concerning symmetry breaking bifurcations, and that for a sufficient amount of upwinding such bifurcations can be prevented. By linearized analysis, the local existence of spurious solutions bifurcating from constant solutions is proved. As a complement to some of the theoretical developments, global bifurcation diagrams are presented. They were obtained numerically by means of the arc-length continuation method.
65M60 Finite element, Rayleigh-Ritz and Galerkin methods for initial value and initial-boundary value problems involving PDEs
65H20 Global methods, including homotopy approaches to the numerical solution of nonlinear equations
35Q53 KdV equations (Korteweg-de Vries equations)
65M50 Mesh generation, refinement, and adaptive methods for the numerical solution of initial value and initial-boundary value problems involving PDEs
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