As is well known, variational methods belong to the fundamental principles in mathematics and in mechanics. They are of interest not only from the theoretical but also from the numerical point of view. Indeed, when discretized the variational principles immediately provide numerical schemes for solving the underlying problem numerically. In particular, variational principles in various forms are videly used in order to establish Ritz — Galerkin schemes in finite element spaces.


Variational Inequality Variational Equation Posteriori Error Estimate Admissible Function Minimal Potential Energy 


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  • W. Velte
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  1. 1.Univesität WürzburgWürzburgGermany

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