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Old   October 24, 2012, 10:18
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Hi,

Why we need 3 points on the parabolic grid independence study curve? Why not only 2? Why all of the 3 points have to be on the parabolic curve? In the case that my medium mesh simulation result is very close to the fine mesh but my coarse mesh is totally out of the parabolic curve, why I still can't say my fine mesh is good enough to use?

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If I understand your question correctly, the convergence rate upon mesh refinement, assumed parabolic in your case, is an assymptotic relation, valid only for sufficiently refined meshes. Three points on a parabolic curve doesn't prove your mesh is fine enough for the relation to apply, but may give you some confidence that it is. Two points don't tell you anything about assymptotic convergence rate.
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Why three points on parabolic curve still can't prove my mesh is good enough? What can prove that?



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If I understand your question correctly, the convergence rate upon mesh refinement, assumed parabolic in your case, is an assymptotic relation, valid only for sufficiently refined meshes. Three points on a parabolic curve doesn't prove your mesh is fine enough for the relation to apply, but may give you some confidence that it is. Two points don't tell you anything about assymptotic convergence rate.
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Suppose the convergence was actually linear, given asymptotically by a0*h+a1*h^2+a2*h^3+...., but where a0 was very small. Then there might be a range of h where a0*h << a1*h^2. Then in this range the assymptptic convergence would appear to be quadratic. But if you made h small enough, the linear term would begin to dominate. So you can't prove by giving examples that the convergence is quadratic, but if points continue to lie on the quadratic curve as you decrease h, you might gain confidence that quadratic convergence is indeed the case.
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See Section 3.9 in the book of Ferziger and Peric, three grids give you an estimation of the rate of convergence
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