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Mathematics of Computation

Published by the American Mathematical Society since 1960 (published as Mathematical Tables and other Aids to Computation 1943-1959), Mathematics of Computation is devoted to research articles of the highest quality in computational mathematics.

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On the convergence properties of the quadrilateral elements of Sander and Beckers
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A class of nonconforming quadrilateral membrane elements, introduced by Sander and Beckers, is discussed in all details. It is proved that two elements that do not pass the patch test may still yield convergence under a suitable condition on mesh subdivisions, whereas one such element is found to be divergent for all mesh subdivisions. All other finite elements in this class that pass the patch test are convergent. The mathematical analysis provides a clear explanation of the convergence behavior appearing in the numerical examples of Sander and Beckers.
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  • © Copyright 1984 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Math. Comp. 42 (1984), 493-504
  • MSC: Primary 65N30; Secondary 73K25
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