Parameter robust preconditioning by congruence for multiple-network poroelasticity [article]

Eleonora Piersanti, Jeonghun J. Lee, Travis Thompson, Kent-Andre Mardal, Marie E. Rognes
2020 arXiv   pre-print
The mechanical behaviour of a poroelastic medium permeated by multiple interacting fluid networks can be described by a system of time-dependent partial differential equations known as the multiple-network poroelasticity (MPET) equations or multi-porosity/multi-permeability systems. These equations generalize Biot's equations, which describe the mechanics of the one-network case. The efficient numerical solution of the MPET equations is challenging, in part due to the complexity of the system
more » ... d in part due to the presence of interacting parameter regimes. In this paper, we present a new strategy for efficiently and robustly solving the MPET equations numerically. In particular, we introduce a new approach to formulating finite element methods and associated preconditioners for the MPET equations. The approach is based on designing transformations of variables that simultaneously diagonalize (by congruence) the equations' key operators and subsequently constructing parameter-robust block-diagonal preconditioners for the transformed system. Our methodology is supported by theoretical considerations as well as by numerical results.
arXiv:2003.09641v2 fatcat:b3j5w7znzvgtxialvjvnahw7mi