# Divergence and Laplacian of a FEM mesh?

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• Apr 6th 2011, 06:52 AM
TriKri
Gradient and Laplacian of a FEM mesh?
Hi, I am going to make a program that solves a PDE in a discretized field. The discretization in made in such a way that it can be considered being build up of an irregular triangular mesh, and where the function values are located in the vertices. It is going to be static so the mesh won't change. Here is an example of what it could look like:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...of_2D_mesh.png

To be able to solve the PDE, I need to be able to calculate both the gradient and the Laplacian of the field, but how can I do that in an irregular mesh? By the way, the mesh is going to be three-dimensional (so the image is a bit misleading), but maybe I can figure out a way to generalize a two-dimensional method to the corresponding three-dimensional one. I would be glad if anyone knew of a good way to do this. Thanks in advance!
• Apr 8th 2011, 03:01 AM
Rebesques
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but how can I do that in an irregular mesh?
You average over meeting faces.
• Apr 10th 2011, 05:55 AM
TriKri
That was like the most succinct answer I have ever got... :P But thank you!