Finite element approximation of a time-fractional diffusion problem for a domain with a re-entrant corner

Kim Ngan Le, William McLean, Bishnu Lamichhane

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An initial-boundary value problem for a time-fractional diffusion equation is discretized in space, using continuous piecewise-linear finite elements on a domain with a re-entrant corner. Known error bounds for the case of a convex domain break down, because the associated Poisson equation is no longer -regular. In particular, the method is no longer second-order accurate if quasi-uniform triangulations are used. We prove that a suitable local mesh refinement about the re-entrant corner restores second-order convergence. In this way, we generalize known results for the classical heat equation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-82
Number of pages22
JournalThe ANZIAM Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Laplace transformation
  • local mesh refinement
  • non-smooth initial data

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