returns a method data object for the method specified by m according to variable data vd and solution data sd.


  • InitializePDEMethodData initializes the PDE discretization method m.
  • InitializePDEMethodData computes and stores data such as geometry data.
  • The Automatic method for InitializePDEMethodData is the finite element method and the initialized data is returned as a FEMMethodData object.
  • Variable data vd and solution data sd are corresponding lists of variables and values. Templates for vd and sd may be generated using NDSolve`VariableData and NDSolve`SolutionData, and components may be set using NDSolve`SetSolutionDataComponent.
  • The "Space" component of vd and sd should be set to the spatial variables and the spatial mesh represented as an NumericalRegion object, respectively.
  • The "DependentVariables" component of vd should be set to the list of unknown function names without arguments.
  • For time-dependent problems, the "Time" component of vd and sd should be set to the temporal variable and the initial time, respectively.
  • In InitializePDEMethodData[vd,sd,m], the method m may be specified by mname or {mname,mopts}, where mname is the method name and mopts are method specific options. Currently only the "FiniteElement" method is supported.
  • InitializePDEMethodData[vd,sd] uses the "FiniteElement" method by default.
  • The "FiniteElement" method accepts the following options:
  • "IntegrationOrder"Automaticsets the element integration order
    "InterpolationOrder"Automaticsets the order of interpolation for each dependent variable
    "MeshOptions"Automaticspecifies options for mesh generation
    "PrecomputeGeometryData"Automaticprecomputes geometry data
  • With an ElementMesh having "MeshOrder" p, the "InterpolationOrder" can be at most p and "InterpolationOrder"->Automatic defaults to the order p. Multiple dependent variables may have a different interpolation order; at least one interpolation order needs to be set to the maximum mesh order p.
  • The "IntegrationOrder" is the order of accuracy used to integrate the finite element operators. For "InterpolationOrder"->2, the "IntegrationOrder" defaults to fourth order and for "InterpolationOrder"->1, the "IntegrationOrder" defaults to second order.
  • For the "FiniteElement" method, if the NumericalRegion does not contain an ElementMesh, then one is created automatically using ToElementMesh, with the options given in the setting of "MeshOptions".


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Basic Examples  (1)

Load the finite element package:

Set up a NumericalRegion:

Set up variable and solution data:

Initialize the partial differential equation data:

Options  (5)

"IntegrationOrder"  (1)

The integration order is a submethod option for the finite element method that specifies the numerical integration order used by the method.

Set the integration order to 2:

In the case where an ElementMesh with "MeshOrder" 2 is given, the Automatic setting chooses an integration order of 4. For an ElementMesh with "MeshOrder" 1, an integration order of 2 is chosen. The maximum order is 5.

"InterpolationOrder"  (1)

The interpolation order is a submethod for the finite element method option and specifies the interpolation order for each dependent variable:

Specify that the dependent variable u is to be interpolated as second order, while the dependent variable v is interpolated with first order:

"MeshOptions"  (1)

"MeshOptions" is a submethod option for the finite element method that specifies the options to be passed to ToElementMesh.

Initialize the partial differential equation data with a first-order mesh:

Inspect the mesh order in the numerical region:

Method  (1)

The default method uses a finite element method:

"PrecomputeGeometryData"  (1)

Precomputing geometry data is a submethod option for the finite element method that computes and stores geometry data needed by the method. Setting this to False may save some memory: