FEM2D_POISSON_RECTANGLE
Finite Element Solution of the 2D Poisson Equation
FEM2D_POISSON_RECTANGLE
is a C++ program which
solves the 2D Poisson equation using the
finite element method.
The computational region is a rectangle, with Dirichlet
boundary conditions applied along the boundary, and the Poisson
equation applied inside. Thus, the state variable U(x,y) satisfies:
 ( Uxx + Uyy ) = F(x,y) in the box;
U(x,y) = G(x,y) on the box boundary;
For this program, the boundary condition function G(x,y) is
identically zero.
The computational region is first covered with an NX by NY
rectangular array of points, creating (NX1)*(NY1) subrectangles.
Each subrectangle is divided into two triangles, creating a total
of 2*(NX1)*(NY1) geometric "elements". Because quadratic basis
functions are to be used, each triangle will be associated not only
with the three corner nodes that defined it, but with three extra
midside nodes. If we include these additional nodes, there are
now a total of (2*NX1)*(2*NY1) nodes in the region.
We now assume that the unknown function U(x,y) can be represented
as a linear combination of the basis functions associated with each
node. The value of U at the boundary nodes is obvious, so we
concentrate on the NUNK interior nodes where U(x,y) is unknown.
For each node I, we determine a basis function PHI(I)(x,y), and
evaluate the following finite element integral:
Integral ( Ux(x,y) * PHIx(I)(x,y) + Uy(x,y) * PHIy(I)(x,y) ) =
Integral ( F(x,y) * PHI(I)(x,y)
The set of all such equations yields a linear system for the
coefficients of the representation of U.
The program allows the user to supply two routines:

RHS ( X, Y ) returns the right hand side F(x,y)
of the Poisson equation.

EXACT ( X, Y, U, DUDX, DUDY ) returns
the exact solution of the Poisson equation. This routine is
necessary so that error analysis
can be performed, reporting the L2 and H1 seminorm errors
between the true and computed solutions. It is also used
to evaluate the boundary conditions.
There are a few variables that are easy to manipulate. In particular,
the user can change the variables NX and NY in the main program,
to change the number of nodes and elements. The variables (XL,YB)
and (XR,YT) define the location of the lower left and upper right
corners of the rectangular region, and these can also be changed
in a single place in the main program.
The program writes out a file containing an Encapsulated
PostScript image of the nodes and elements, with numbers.
For values of NX and NY over 10, the plot is too cluttered to
read. For lower values, however, it is
a valuable map of what is going on in the geometry.
The program is also able to write out a file containing the
solution value at every node. This file may be used to create
contour plots of the solution.
The original version of this code comes from Professor Janet Peterson.
Licensing:
The computer code and data files described and made available on this web page
are distributed under
the GNU LGPL license.
Languages:
FEM2D_POISSON_RECTANGLE is available in
a C version and
a C++ version and
a FORTRAN77 version and
a FORTRAN90 version and
a MATLAB version.
Related Data and Programs:
FEM2D_POISSON_RECTANGLE_LINEAR,
a C++ program which
solves the 2D Poisson equation on a rectangle, using the finite element method,
and piecewise linear triangular elements.
Reference:

Hans Rudolf Schwarz,
Finite Element Methods,
Academic Press, 1988,
ISBN: 0126330107,
LC: TA347.F5.S3313.

Gilbert Strang, George Fix,
An Analysis of the Finite Element Method,
Cambridge, 1973,
ISBN: 096140888X,
LC: TA335.S77.

Olgierd Zienkiewicz,
The Finite Element Method,
Sixth Edition,
ButterworthHeinemann, 2005,
ISBN: 0750663200,
LC: TA640.2.Z54
Source Code:
Examples and Tests:

rectangle_output.txt,
the output file.

rectangle_nodes.png,
a PNG image of
the nodes, for NX = NY = 7 (the picture can be
hard to read for much larger values of NX and NY);

rectangle_nodes.txt,
a text file containing a list, for each node, of its X and Y
coordinates;

rectangle_elements.png,
a PNG image of
the elements, for NX = NY = 7 (the picture can be
hard to read for much larger values of NX and NY);

rectangle_elements.txt,
a text file containing a list, for each element, of the six
nodes that compose it;

rectangle_solution.txt,
a text file containing a list, for each node, of the value
of the solution;
List of Routines:

MAIN is the main routine of the finite element program FEM2D_POISSON_RECTANGLE.

AREA_SET sets the area of each element.

ASSEMBLE assembles the matrix and righthand side using piecewise quadratics.

BANDWIDTH determines the bandwidth of the coefficient matrix.

BOUNDARY modifies the linear system for boundary conditions.

COMPARE compares the exact and computed solution at the nodes.

DGB_FA performs a LINPACKstyle PLU factorization of an DGB matrix.

DGB_PRINT_SOME prints some of a DGB matrix.

DGB_SL solves a system factored by DGB_FA.

ELEMENT_WRITE writes the elements to a file.

ERRORS calculates the error in the L2 and H1seminorm.

EXACT calculates the exact solution and its first derivatives.

GRID_T6 produces a grid of pairs of 6 node triangles.

I4_MAX returns the maximum of two ints.

I4_MIN returns the smaller of two ints.

I4VEC_PRINT_SOME prints "some" of an I4VEC.

INDX_SET assigns a boundary value index or unknown value index at each node.

NODES_PLOT plots a pointset.

NODES_WRITE writes the nodes to a file.

QBF evaluates the quadratic basis functions.

QUAD_A sets the quadrature rule for assembly.

QUAD_E sets a quadrature rule for the error calculation.

R8_HUGE returns a "huge" R8.

R8_MAX returns the maximum of two R8's.

R8_MIN returns the minimum of two R8's.

R8_NINT returns the nearest integer to an R8.

R8VEC_PRINT_SOME prints "some" of an R8VEC.

RHS gives the righthand side of the differential equation.

S_LEN_TRIM returns the length of a string to the last nonblank.

SOLUTION_WRITE writes the solution to a file.

TIMESTAMP prints the current YMDHMS date as a time stamp.

TIMESTRING returns the current YMDHMS date as a string.

TRIANGULATION_ORDER6_PLOT plots a 6node triangulation of a pointset.

XY_SET sets the XY coordinates of the nodes.
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Last revised on 24 September 2008.