Some error estimates for the lumped mass finite element method for a parabolic problem

P. Chatzipantelidis, R. D. Lazarov, V. Thomée

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

22 Scopus citations


We study the spatially semidiscrete lumped mass method for the model homogeneous heat equation with homogeneous Dirichlet boundary conditions. Improving earlier results we show that known optimal order smooth initial data error estimates for the standard Galerkin method carry over to the lumped mass method whereas nonsmooth initial data estimates require special assumptions on the triangulation. We also discuss the application to time discretization by the backward Euler and Crank-Nicolson methods. © 2011 American Mathematical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalMathematics of Computation
Issue number277
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): KUS-C1-016-04
Acknowledgements: The research of R.D. Lazarov was supported in parts by US NSF Grants DMS-0713829, DMS-1016525, the Pichoridis Distinguished Lectureship through the Universityof Crete in 2008, and by award KUS-C1-016-04, made by King AbdullahUniversity of Science and Technology (KAUST).
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


Dive into the research topics of 'Some error estimates for the lumped mass finite element method for a parabolic problem'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this