Elliptic Variational Inequalities and Their Numerical Approximations

  • Kendall Atkinson
  • Weimin Han
Part of the Texts in Applied Mathematics book series (TAM, volume 39)


Variational inequalities form an important family of nonlinear problems. Some of the more complex physical processes are described by variational inequalities. Several comprehensive monographs can be consulted for the theory and numerical solution of variational inequalities, e.g., [45, 54, 58, 59, 95, 96, 128]. We study standard elliptic variational inequalities (EVIs) in this chapter. We give a brief introduction to some well-known results on the existence, uniqueness and stability of solutions to elliptic variational inequalities. We also discuss numerical approximations of EVIs and their error analysis.


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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kendall Atkinson
    • 1
  • Weimin Han
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsZhejiang UniversityHangzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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