Volume 11, Issue 1
Modeling Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites with Space-Time Adaptive Multimesh hp-FEM

David Pugal, Pavel Solin, Kwang J. Kim & Alvo Aabloo

Commun. Comput. Phys., 11 (2012), pp. 249-270.

Published online: 2012-11

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We are concerned with a model of ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) materials that consists of a coupled system of the Poisson and Nernst-Planck equations, discretized by means of the finite element method (FEM). We show that due to the transient character of the problem it is efficient to use adaptive algorithms that are capable of changing the mesh dynamically in time. We also show that due to large qualitative and quantitative differences between the two solution components, it is efficient to approximate them on different meshes using a novel adaptive multimesh hp-FEM. The study is accompanied with numerous computations and comparisons of the adaptive multimesh hp-FEM with several other adaptive FEM algorithms.

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