Application of the residual-free bubbles to the Helmholtz equation with large wave numbers

Adem Kaya

A new two-level finite element method is introduced for the approximations of the residual-free bubble (RFB) functions and its application to the Helmholtz equation with large wave numbers is considered. Although this approach was considered for the Helmholtz equation before, our new insights show that some of its important properties have remained hidden. Unlike the other equations such as the advection-diffusion equation, RFB method when applied to the Helmholtz equation does not depend on another stabilized method to obtain approximations to the solutions of the sub-problems. Furthermore, it is possible to further increase the accuracy of the solutions in 2D by increasing the support of the integrals containing the bubble functions. The modified-RFB is able to solve the Helmholtz equation efficiently in 2D up to ch = 3.5 where c is the wave number and h is the mesh size.

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