Volume 21, Issue 3
Projected Finite Elements for Systems of Reaction-Diffusion Equations on Closed Evolving Spheroidal Surfaces

Necibe Tuncer and Anotida Madzvamuse

10.4208/cicp.OA-2016-0029

Commun. Comput. Phys., 21 (2017), pp. 718-747.

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  • Abstract

The focus of this article is to present the projected finite element method for solving systems of reaction-diffusion equations on evolving closed spheroidal surfaces with applications to pattern formation. The advantages of the projected finite element method are that it is easy to implement and that it provides a conforming fi- nite element discretization which is “logically” rectangular. Furthermore, the surface is not approximated but described exactly through the projection. The surface evolution law is incorporated into the projection operator resulting in a time-dependent operator. The time-dependent projection operator is composed of the radial projection with a Lipschitz continuous mapping. The projection operator is used to generate the surface mesh whose connectivity remains constant during the evolution of the surface. To illustrate the methodology several numerical experiments are exhibited for different surface evolution laws such as uniform isotropic (linear, logistic and exponential), anisotropic, and concentration-driven. This numerical methodology allows us to study new reaction-kinetics that only give rise to patterning in the presence of surface evolution such as the activator-activator and short-range inhibition; long-range activation.

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Published online: 2018-04

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