Exact calculation of Fourier series in nonconforming spectral-element methods

Research paper by Aime' Fournier

Indexed on: 19 Jul '05Published on: 19 Jul '05Published in: Mathematics - Numerical Analysis


In this note is presented a method, given nodal values on multidimensional nonconforming spectral elements, for calculating global Fourier-series coefficients. This method is ``exact'' in that given the approximation inherent in the spectral-element method (SEM), no further approximation is introduced that exceeds computer round-off error. The method is very useful when the SEM has yielded an adaptive-mesh representation of a spatial function whose global Fourier spectrum must be examined, e.g., in dynamically adaptive fluid-dynamics simulations.