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An efficient linear scheme to approximate parabolic free boundary problems: error estimates and implementation

Authors: Ricardo H. Nochetto and Claudio Verdi
Journal: Math. Comp. 51 (1988), 27-53
MSC: Primary 65N15; Secondary 65N30
MathSciNet review: 942142
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Abstract: This paper deals with a fully discrete scheme to approximate multidimensional singular parabolic problems; two-phase Stefan problems and porous medium equations are included. The algorithm consists of approximating at each time step a linear elliptic partial differential equation by piecewise linear finite elements and then making an element-by-element algebraic correction to account for the nonlinearity. Several energy error estimates are derived for the physical unknowns; a sharp rate of convergence of $O({h^{1/2}})$ is our main result. The crucial point in implementing the scheme is the efficient resolution of linear systems involved. This topic is discussed, and the results of several numerical experiments are shown.

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