Existence and uniqueness of solutions to a stationary finite element model of the biharmonic equation
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This paper describes the finite element approximations based on a stationary variational principle of the biharmonic equation. Independent approximations for the solution and its second derivatives are used in the element: the normal derivatives of the solution and its second derivatives are approximated independently on the element boundary. Thus, the present model is a 'mixed-hybrid' model. Existence and uniqueness of solutions to the exact weak (or variational) problem are established and the associated finite element approximations are described. Existence and uniqueness of the finite element solutions are proved and a priori error estimates are given. © 1977.
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