Numerische Mathematik

, Volume 127, Issue 3, pp 515–537 | Cite as

Maximum principle in linear finite element approximations of anisotropic diffusion–convection–reaction problems

  • Changna LuEmail author
  • Weizhang Huang
  • Jianxian Qiu


A mesh condition is developed for linear finite element approximations of anisotropic diffusion–convection–reaction problems to satisfy a discrete maximum principle. Loosely speaking, the condition requires that the mesh be simplicial and \(\mathcal {O}(\Vert \varvec{b}\Vert _\infty h + \Vert c\Vert _\infty h^2)\)-nonobtuse when the dihedral angles are measured in the metric specified by the inverse of the diffusion matrix, where \(h\) denotes the mesh size and \(\varvec{b}\) and \(c\) are the coefficients of the convection and reaction terms. In two dimensions, the condition can be replaced by a weaker mesh condition (an \(\mathcal {O}(\Vert \varvec{b}\Vert _\infty h + \Vert c\Vert _\infty h^2)\) perturbation of a generalized Delaunay condition). These results include many existing mesh conditions as special cases. Numerical results are presented to verify the theoretical findings.

Mathematics Subject Classification

65N30 65N50 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Math and StatisticsNanjing University of Information Science and TechnologyNanjingChina
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsThe University of KansasLawrenceUSA
  3. 3.School of Mathematical SciencesXiamen UniversityXiamenChina

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