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A Finite Element enrichment technique by the Meshless Local Petrov-Galerkin method

M. Ferronato1, A. Mazzia1, G. Pini1

Dept. Mathematical Methods and Models for Scientific Applications (DMMMSA) – University of Padova, via Trieste 63, 35121 Padova, Italy.

Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences 2010, 62(2), 205-224.


In the engineering practice meshing and re-meshing complex domains by Finite Elements (FE) is one of the most time-consuming efforts. Meshless methods avoid this task but are computationally more expensive than standard FE. A somewhat natural improvement can be attempted by combining the two techniques with the aim at emphasizing the respective merits. The present work describes a FE enrichment by the Meshless Local Petrov-Galerkin (MLPG) method. The basic idea is to add a limited number of moving MLPG points over a fixed coarse FE grid, in order to improve the solution accuracy in specific regions of the domain with no mesh refinements. The transient Poisson equation is used as a test problem, with the numerical convergence of the enriched FE-MLPG method verified in several cases. The enriched approach proves more accurate than standard FE even by a factor 15 with a small number of MLPG nodes added.


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Ferronato, M., Mazzia, A., Pini, G. (2010). A Finite Element enrichment technique by the Meshless Local Petrov-Galerkin method. CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, 62(2), 205–224.

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