In this paper, a $$C^0$$ C 0 linear finite element method for biharmonic equations is constructed and analyzed. In our construction, the popular post-processing gradient recovery operators are used to calculate approximately the second order partial derivatives of a $$C^0$$ C 0 linear finite element function which do not exist in traditional meaning. The proposed scheme is straightforward and simple. More importantly, it is shown that the numerical solution of the proposed method converges to the exact one with optimal orders both under $$L^2$$ L 2 and discrete $$H^2$$ H 2 norms, while the recovered numerical gradient converges to the exact one with a superconvergence order. Some novel properties of gradient recovery operators are discovered in the analysis of our method. In several numerical experiments, our theoretical findings are verified and a comparison of the proposed method with the nonconforming Morley element and $$C^0$$ C 0 interior penalty method is given.
Journal of Scientific Computing – Springer Journals
Published: Jul 20, 2017
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