Linearized Galerkin FEMs for Nonlinear Time Fractional Parabolic Problems with Non-smooth Solutions in Time Direction

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403–419
Journal / PublicationJournal of Scientific Computing
Issue number1
Online published22 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


A Newton linearized Galerkin finite element method is proposed to solve nonlinear time fractional parabolic problems with non-smooth solutions in time direction. Iterative processes or corrected schemes become dispensable by the use of the Newton linearized method and graded meshes in the temporal direction. The optimal error estimate in the L2 -norm is obtained without any time step restrictions dependent on the spatial mesh size. Such unconditional convergence results are proved by including the initial time singularity into concern, while previous unconditional convergent results always require continuity and boundedness of the temporal derivative of the exact solution. Numerical experiments are conducted to confirm the theoretical results.

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  • Linearized schemes, Optimal error estimates, Time fractional parabolic problems, Unconditional convergence