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PGD for Solving the Biharmonic Equation

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GuangTao Xu, Francisco Chinesta, Adrien Leygue, Michel Visonneau

Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Nantes, France

Paper No. ESDA2012-82484, pp. 219-223; 5 pages
  • ASME 2012 11th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis
  • Volume 1: Advanced Computational Mechanics; Advanced Simulation-Based Engineering Sciences; Virtual and Augmented Reality; Applied Solid Mechanics and Material Processing; Dynamical Systems and Control
  • Nantes, France, July 2–4, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: International
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4484-7
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


Biharmonic problem has been raised in many research fields, such as elasticity problem in plate geometries or the Stokes flow problem formulated by using the stream function. The fourth order partial differential equation can be solved by applying many techniques. When using finite elements C1 continuity must be assured. For this purpose Hermite interpolations constitute an appealing choice, but it imply the consideration of many degrees of freedom at each node with the consequent impact on the resulting discrete linear problem. Spectral approaches allow exponential convergence whilst a single degree of freedom is needed. However, the enforcement of boundary conditions remains a tricky task. In this paper we propose a separated representation of the stream function which transform the 2D solution in a sequence of 1D problems, each one be solved by using a spectral approximation.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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