Guillaume BalDepartment of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University, 10027 New York, USA.Wenjia JingD´epartement de Math´ematiques et Applications, Ecole Normale Sup´erieure, 45 Rue d’Ulm, 75230 Paris Cedex 05, France
Analysis of PDEsNumerical Analysis and Scientific ComputingProbabilitymathscidoc:2206.03008
This paper analyzes the random fluctuations obtained by a heterogeneous multi-scale first-order finite element method applied to solve elliptic equations with a random potential. Several multiscale numerical algorithms have been shown to correctly capture the homogenized limit of solutions of elliptic equations with coefficients modeled as stationary and ergodic random fields. Because theoretical results are available in the continuum setting for such equations, we consider here the case of a secondorder elliptic equations with random potential in two dimensions of space. We show that the random fluctuations of such solutions are correctly estimated by the heterogeneous multi-scale algorithm when appropriate fine-scale problems are solved on subsets that cover the whole computational domain. However, when the fine-scale problems are solved over patches that do not cover the entire domain, the random fluctuations may or may not be estimated accurately. In the case of random potentials with short-range interactions, the variance of the random fluctuations is amplified as the inverse of the fraction of the medium covered by the patches. In the case of random potentials with long-range interactions, however, such an amplification does not occur and random fluctuations are correctly captured independent of the (macroscopic) size of the patches. These results are consistent with those obtained in  for more general equations in the one-dimensional setting and provide indications on the loss in accuracy that results from using coarser, and hence computationally less intensive, algorithms.
Guillaume BalDepartment of Applied Physics & Applied Mathematics, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027Josselin GarnierLaboratoire de Probabilit´es et Mod`eles Al´eatoires & Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions, Universit´e Paris VII, 2 Place Jussieu, 75251 Paris Cedex 5, FranceYu GuDepartment of Applied Physics & Applied Mathematics, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027Wenjia JingDepartment of Applied Physics & Applied Mathematics, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027
We consider an elliptic pseudo-differential equation with a highly oscillating linear potential modeled as a stationary ergodic random field. The random field is a function composed with a centered long-range correlated Gaussian process. In the limiting of vanishing correlation length, the heterogeneous solution converges to a deterministic solution obtained by averaging the random potential. We characterize the deterministic and stochastic correctors. With proper rescaling, the mean-zero stochastic corrector converges to a Gaussian random process in probability and weakly in the spatial variables. In addition, for two prototype equations involving the Laplacian and the fractional Laplacian operators, we prove that the limit holds in distribution in some Hilbert spaces. We also determine the size of the deterministic corrector when it is larger than the stochastic corrector. Depending on the correlation structure of the random field and on the singularities of the Green’s function, we show that either the deterministic or the random part of the corrector dominates.
Guillaume BalDepartment of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University, New York 10027Wenjia JingDépartement de Mathématiques et Applications, Ecole Normale Supérieure, 45 Rue d’Ulm, 75230 ParisCedex 05, France
Numerical Analysis and Scientific ComputingProbabilitymathscidoc:2206.25009
We analyze the random fluctuations of several multiscale algorithms, such as the multiscale finite element method (MsFEM) and the finite element heterogeneous multiscale method (HMM), that have been developed to solve partial differential equations with highly heterogeneous coefficients. Such multiscale algorithms are often shown to correctly capture the homogenization limit when the highly oscillatory random medium is stationary and ergodic. This paper is concerned with the random fluctuations of the solution about the deterministic homogenization limit. We consider the simplified setting of the one-dimensional elliptic equation, where the theory of random fluctuations is well understood. We develop a fluctuation theory for the multiscale algorithms in the presence of random environments with short-range and long-range correlations. For a given mesh size h, we show that the fluctuations converge in distribution in the space of continuous paths to Gaussian processes as the correlation length ε→0. We next derive the limit of such Gaussian processes as h→0 and compare this limit with the distribution of the random fluctuations of the continuous model. When such limits agree, we conclude that the multiscale algorithm captures the random fluctuations accurately and passes the corrector test. This property serves as an interesting benchmark to assess the behavior of the multiscale algorithm in practical situations where the assumptions necessary for the theory of homogenization are not met. What we find is that the computationally more expensive methods MsFEM, and HMM with a choice of parameter δ=h, correctly capture the random fluctuations both for short-range and long-range oscillations in the medium. The less expensive method HMM with δ<h correctly captures the fluctuations for long-range oscillations and strongly amplifies their size in media with short-range oscillations. We present a modified scheme with an intermediate computational cost that captures the random fluctuations in all cases.