Machine Learning-enhanced refinement strategies for polygonal and polyhedral grids with applications to Virtual Elements and Discontinuous Galerkin methods

  • Antonietti, Paola Francesca (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Dassi, Franco (Università degli Studi Milano - Bicocca)
  • Manuzzi, Enrico (Politecnico di Milano)

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The new paradigm of Polytopal Finite Element Methods (PolyFEMs) has been introduced in the last years. PolyFEMs are Galerkin-type projection methods where the finite-dimensional discretization space is built by employing a computational grid of arbitrarily shaped polygonal/polyhedral (polytopal, for short) elements. This talk discusses how to enhance their accuracy and performance based on designing suitable Machine Learning-aided numerical algorithms. More specifically, we propose new strategies to handle polygonal and polyhedral grids refinement, to be employed within an adaptive framework. Specifically, Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) are employed to classify the “shape” of an element so as to apply “ad-hoc” refinement criteria or to enhance existing refinement strategies at a low online computational cost. We test the proposed algorithms considering two families of finite element methods that support arbitrarily shaped polytopal elements, namely the Virtual Element Method and the Polytopal Discontinuous Galerkin method. We demonstrate that these strategies do preserve the structure and the quality of the underlying grids, reducing the overall computational cost and mesh complexity. Some recent results on ML-aided grid agglomeration techniques to be used within multigrid iterative solvers will also be discussed.