Convergence of an adaptive Ka\v canov FEM for quasi-linear problems

Eduardo M. Garau, Pedro Morin, Carlos Zuppa


We design an adaptive finite element method to approximate the solutions of quasi-linear elliptic problems. The algorithm is based on a Kacanov iteration and a mesh adaptation step is performed after each linear solve. The method is thus inexact because we do not solve the discrete nonlinear problems exactly, but rather perform one iteration of a fixed point method (Kacanov), using the approximation of the previous mesh as an initial guess. The convergence of the method is proved for any reasonable marking strategy and starting from any initial mesh. We conclude with some numerical experiments that illustrate the theory.

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