Mesh independent convergence of modified inexact Newton methods for second order nonlinear problems
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In this dissertation, we consider modified inexact Newton methods applied to second order nonlinear problems. In the implementation of Newton's method applied to problems with a large number of degrees of freedom, it is often necessary to solve the linear Jacobian system iteratively. Although a general theory for the convergence of modified inexact Newton's methods has been developed, its application to nonlinear problems from nonlinear PDE's is far from complete. The case where the nonlinear operator is a zeroth order perturbation of a fixed linear operator was considered in the paper written by Brown et al.. The goal of this dissertation is to show that one can develop modified inexact Newton's methods which converge at a rate independent of the number of unknowns for problems with higher order nonlinearities. To do this, we are required to first, set up the problem on a scale of Hilbert spaces, and second, to devise a special iterative technique which converges in a higher order Sobolev norm, i.e., H1+alpha(omega) \ H1 0(omega) with 0 < alpha < 1/2. We show that the linear system solved in Newton's method can be replaced with one iterative step provided that the initial iterate is close enough. The closeness criteria can be taken independent of the mesh size. In addition, we have the same convergence rates of the method in the norm of H1 0(omega) using the discrete Sobolev inequalities.
Kim, Taejong (2003). Mesh independent convergence of modified inexact Newton methods for second order nonlinear problems. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from