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# 1.3 Dirichlet boundary conditions¶

This tutorial goes in depth into the mechanisms required to solve the Dirichlet problem

with a **nonzero** Dirichlet boundary condition

The same mechanisms are used in solving boundary value problems involving operators other than the Laplacian.

You will see how to perform these tasks in NGSolve:

extend Dirichlet data from boundary parts,

convert boundary data into a volume source,

reduce inhomogeneous Dirichlet case to the homogeneous case, and

perform all these tasks automatically within a utility.

If you are just interested in the *automatic utility,* then please skip to the last part of the tutorial.

## Spaces with Dirichlet conditions on part of the boundary¶

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```
import netgen.gui
from ngsolve import *
from netgen.geom2d import unit_square
mesh = Mesh(unit_square.GenerateMesh(maxh=0.2))
mesh.GetBoundaries()
```

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```
('bottom', 'right', 'top', 'left')
```

The `unit_square`

has its boundaries marked as `left`

, `right`

, `top`

and `bottom`

. Suppose we want non-homogeneous Dirichlet boundary conditions on

Then, we set the space as follows:

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```
fes = H1(mesh, order=2, dirichlet="left|right")
```

Compare this space with the one without the `dirichlet`

flag:

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```
fs2 = H1(mesh, order=2)
fes.ndof, fs2.ndof # total number of unknowns
```

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```
(133, 133)
```

Thus, the `dirichlet`

flag did not change `ndof`

. In NGSolve the unknowns are split into two groups: * dirichlet dofs (or constrained dofs), * free dofs.

The facility `FreeDofs`

gives a `BitArray`

such that `FreeDofs[dof]`

is True if and only if `dof`

is a free degree of freedom.

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```
print("free dofs of fs2 without \"dirichlet\" flag:\n",
fs2.FreeDofs())
print("free dofs of fes:\n", fes.FreeDofs())
```

```
free dofs of fs2 without "dirichlet" flag:
0: 11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
50: 11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
100: 111111111111111111111111111111111
free dofs of fes:
0: 00001111000011110000111111111111111111110101011011
50: 11111111110110110111111111111111011011011111111111
100: 111111111111111111111111111111111
```

The space

`fs2`

without`dirichlet`

flag has only free dofs (no dirichlet dofs).The other space

`fes`

has a few dofs that are marked as*not*free. These are the dofs that are located on the boundary regions we marked as`dirichlet`

.

## Extension of boundary data¶

We use the standard technique of reducing a problem with essential non-homogeneous boundary conditions to one with homogeneous boundary condition using an extension. The solution \(u\) in \(H^1\) satisfies

and

for all \(v_0\) in \(\in H_{0,D}^1 = \{ v \in H^1: v|_{\Gamma_D} = 0\}\). Split the solution

where \(u_D\) is an extension of \(g\) into \(\Omega\). Then we only need to find \(u_0\) in \(H^1_{0,D}\) satisfying the homogeneous Dirichlet problem

for all \(v_0\) in \(H_{0,D}^1\). These are the **issues to consider** in this approach:

How to define an extension \(u_D\) in the finite element space?

How to form and solve the system for \(u_0\)?

Let us address the first in the following example.

Suppose we are given that

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```
g = sin(y)
```

We interpolate \(g\) on the boundary of the domain and extend it to zero on the elements not having an intersection with \(\Gamma_D\).

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```
gfu = GridFunction(fes)
gfu.Set(g, BND)
Draw(gfu)
```

The keyword `BND`

tells `Set`

that `g`

need only be interpolated on those parts of the boundary that are marked `dirichlet`

.

Thus, `gfu`

now contains the extension \(u_D\). Next, we turn to set up the system for \(u_0\).

## Forms and assembly¶

In NGSolve, bilinear and linear forms are defined independently of the dirichlet flags. Matrices and vectors are set up with respect to all unknowns (free or constrained) so they may be restricted to any group of unknowns later.

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```
u, v = fes.TnT()
a = BilinearForm(fes, symmetric=True)
a += grad(u)*grad(v)*dx
a.Assemble()
```

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```
<ngsolve.comp.BilinearForm at 0x7f2f8ab5c370>
```

If \(A=\) `a.mat`

is the matrix just assembled, then we want to solve for

or

where we have block partitioned using free dofs (\(F\)) and dirichlet dofs (\(D\)) as if they were numbered consecutively (which may not be the case in practice) for ease of presentation. The first row gives

Since we have already constructed \(u_D\), we need to perform these next steps:

Set up the right hand side from \(f\) and \(u_D\).

Solve a linear system which involves only \(A_{FF}\).

Add solution: \(u = u_0 + u_D\).

## Solve for the free dofs¶

We need to assemble the right hand side of \(A_{FF} u_{0,F} = f_F - [A u_D]_F\), namely

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```
f = LinearForm(fes)
f += 1*v*dx
f.Assemble()
r = f.vec.CreateVector()
r.data = f.vec - a.mat * gfu.vec
```

The implementation of

by sparse solvers is achieved by the following:

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```
gfu.vec.data += a.mat.Inverse(freedofs=fes.FreeDofs()) * r
Redraw()
```

## The automatic utility `BVP`

¶

NGSolve also provides a `BVP`

facility in the `solvers`

submodule, within which the above steps are performed automatically. You provide \(A\), \(f\), a grid function `gfu`

with your boundary condition \(g\), and a preconditioner. Then `BVP`

solves the problem with non-homogeneous Dirichlet boundary condition and overwrites `gfu`

with the solution.

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```
gfu.Set(g, BND)
c = Preconditioner(a,"local") #<- Jacobi preconditioner
#c = Preconditioner(a,"direct") #<- sparse direct solver
c.Update()
solvers.BVP(bf=a, lf=f, gf=gfu, pre=c)
Redraw()
```

```
iteration 0 error = 1.314716719533522
iteration 1 error = 0.7386137451024886
iteration 2 error = 0.7017048185725133
iteration 3 error = 0.5798033886499881
iteration 4 error = 0.5156226252006084
iteration 5 error = 0.2795297817850287
iteration 6 error = 0.19949438524770943
iteration 7 error = 0.13012477304291603
iteration 8 error = 0.06157273289498183
iteration 9 error = 0.041322414499787984
iteration 10 error = 0.0263932735141973
iteration 11 error = 0.017721412824786887
iteration 12 error = 0.011789051981713733
iteration 13 error = 0.007384221808077894
iteration 14 error = 0.004215923531185025
iteration 15 error = 0.00215484692442193
iteration 16 error = 0.0010865157667693686
iteration 17 error = 0.0005038044551362018
iteration 18 error = 0.0002836535382982657
iteration 19 error = 0.00013007722981496747
iteration 20 error = 6.301486748027474e-05
iteration 21 error = 3.632818204362858e-05
iteration 22 error = 2.1145213335826582e-05
iteration 23 error = 1.2645843091736334e-05
iteration 24 error = 6.104749325040588e-06
iteration 25 error = 3.3473256565806237e-06
iteration 26 error = 1.7722337788828905e-06
iteration 27 error = 1.040625029194704e-06
iteration 28 error = 5.419112194566261e-07
iteration 29 error = 2.3778265876138845e-07
iteration 30 error = 1.3985263978744629e-07
iteration 31 error = 7.691960959165324e-08
iteration 32 error = 3.6925331812143724e-08
iteration 33 error = 1.6155669426105247e-08
iteration 34 error = 8.05014544680384e-09
```