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This paper presents an optimal nonconforming adaptive finite element algorithm and proves its quasi-optimal complexity for the Stokes equations with respect to natural approximation classes. The proof does not explicitly involve the pressure variable and follows from a novel discrete Helmholtz decomposition of deviatoric functions. Mathematics Subject(More)
Various applications in fluid dynamics and computational continuum mechanics motivate the development of reliable and efficient adaptive algorithms for mixed finite element methods. In order to save degrees of freedom, not all but just a selection of finite element domains are refined. Hence the fundamental question of convergence as well as the question of(More)
The optimal design task of this paper seeks the distribution of two materials of prescribed amounts for maximal torsion stiffness of an infinite bar of a given cross section. This example of relaxation in topology optimization leads to a degenerate convex minimization problem E (v) := ∫ Ω φ0 (|∇v|) dx− ∫ Ω fv dx for v ∈ V := H1 0 (Ω) with possibly multiple(More)
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