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    A local discontinuous Galerkin (LDG) method for approximating large deformations of prestrained plates is introduced and tested on several insightful numerical examples in Bonito et al. (2022, LDG approximation of large deformations of prestrained plates. J. Comput. Phys., 448, 110719). This paper presents a numerical analysis of this LDG method, focusing on the free boundary case. The problem consists of minimizing a fourth-order bending energy subject to a nonlinear and nonconvex metric constraint. The energy is discretized using LDG and a discrete gradient flow is used for computing discrete minimizers. We first show $\varGamma $-convergence of the discrete energy to the continuous one. Then we prove that the discrete gradient flow decreases the energy at each step and computes discrete minimizers with control of the metric constraint defect. We also present a numerical scheme for initialization of the gradient flow and discuss the conditional stability of it.

     
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  3. We consider the mathematical analysis and numerical approximation of a system of nonlinear partial differential equations that arises in models that have relevance to steady isochoric flows of colloidal suspensions. The symmetric velocity gradient is assumed to be a monotone nonlinear function of the deviatoric part of the Cauchy stress tensor. We prove the existence of a weak solution to the problem, and under the additional assumption that the nonlinearity involved in the constitutive relation is Lipschitz continuous we also prove uniqueness of the weak solution. We then construct mixed finite element approximations of the system using both conforming and nonconforming finite element spaces. For both of these we prove the convergence of the method to the unique weak solution of the problem, and in the case of the conforming method we provide a bound on the error between the analytical solution and its finite element approximation in terms of the best approximation error from the finite element spaces. We propose first a Lions–Mercier type iterative method and next a classical fixed-point algorithm to solve the finite-dimensional problems resulting from the finite element discretisation of the system of nonlinear partial differential equations under consideration and present numerical experiments that illustrate the practical performance of the proposed numerical method. 
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    Typical model reduction methods for parametric partial differential equations construct a linear space V n which approximates well the solution manifold M consisting of all solutions u ( y ) with y the vector of parameters. In many problems of numerical computation, nonlinear methods such as adaptive approximation, n -term approximation, and certain tree-based methods may provide improved numerical efficiency over linear methods. Nonlinear model reduction methods replace the linear space V n by a nonlinear space Σ n . Little is known in terms of their performance guarantees, and most existing numerical experiments use a parameter dimension of at most two. In this work, we make a step towards a more cohesive theory for nonlinear model reduction. Framing these methods in the general setting of library approximation, we give a first comparison of their performance with the performance of standard linear approximation for any compact set. We then study these methods for solution manifolds of parametrized elliptic PDEs. We study a specific example of library approximation where the parameter domain is split into a finite number N of rectangular cells, with affine spaces of dimension m assigned to each cell, and give performance guarantees with respect to accuracy of approximation versus m and N . 
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  5. Abstract We consider the numerical approximation of the spectral fractional diffusion problem based on the so called Balakrishnan representation. The latter consists of an improper integral approximated via quadratures. At each quadrature point, a reaction-diffusion problem must be approximated and is the method bottle neck. In this work, we propose to reduce the computational cost using a reduced basis strategy allowing for a fast evaluation of the reaction-diffusion problems. The reduced basis does not depend on the fractional power s for 0 < s min ≤ s ≤ s max < 1. It is built offline once for all and used online irrespectively of the fractional power. We analyze the reduced basis strategy and show its exponential convergence. The analytical results are illustrated with insightful numerical experiments. 
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