, Volume 48, Issue 4, pp 293–305 | Cite as

Adaptive finite elements for a certain class of variational inequalities of second kind



In this note, we extend our studies on finite element Galerkin schemes for elliptic variational inequalities of first to the one of second kind. Especially we perform the corresponding a posteriori error analysis for a simple friction problem and a model flow of a Bingham fluid.

Collecting the experiences from these examples, we propose a framework for deriving a posteriori error estimates for a certain class of problems given in an abstract setting describing elliptic variational problems of second kind.

Numerical examples and tests confirm our theoretical results.


Bingham fluid Friction problem A posteriori error estimate Variational inequality Finite element method Adaptivity 

Mathematics Subject Classification

65N30 65N15 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department MathematikUniversity SiegenSiegenGermany

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