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On the convergence properties of the quadrilateral elements of Sander and Beckers

Author: Zhong Ci Shi
Journal: Math. Comp. 42 (1984), 493-504
MSC: Primary 65N30; Secondary 73K25
MathSciNet review: 736448
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Abstract: 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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