# Impose full gradient BC via Lagrange multipliers

Hi everyone,

I have a two dimensional physical problem governed by a poisson equation

- nabla^2 u = f(x,y) in Gamma

I have measurements of the two gradient components du/dx and du/dy along some line, gamma_m.

This field I am trying to propagate into the far field.

The tangential gradient component I can just integrate and then enforce through a Dirichlet condition. In order to impose the normal component I gather I will have to go via Lagrange multipliers.

So I think the variational form is then

m = du/dn_measured

\int u v dx - \lambda \int ( du/dn - m ) v d(gamma_m) = \int f v dx

I spent a long time trying to piece it together from the information on related problems such as

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but still cannot see where I am going wrong. My solution attempt so far is:

from dolfin import *

# Create mesh and define function space

mesh = UnitSquareMesh(64, 64)

V = FunctionSpace(mesh, "Lagrange", 1)

R = FunctionSpace(mesh, "R", 0)

W = V * R

# Create mesh function over cell facets

boundary_parts = MeshFunction(

# Mark left boundary facets as subdomain 0

class LeftBoundary(

def inside(self, x, on_boundary):

return on_boundary and x[0] < DOLFIN_EPS

Gamma_Left = LeftBoundary()

Gamma_Left.

class FarField(

def inside(self, x, on_boundary):

return on_boundary and ( (x[0] > 1.0-DOLFIN_EPS) \

or (x[1]<DOLFIN_EPS) or (x[1]> 1.0-DOLFIN_EPS) )

Gamma_FF = FarField()

Gamma_FF.

# Define boundary condition

u0 = Expression(

bcs = [DirichletBC(V, u0, Gamma_Left)]

# Define variational problem

(u, lmbd) = TrialFunctions(W)

(v, d) = TestFunctions(W)

f = Expression(

g = Constant(0.0)

h = Constant(-4.0)

n = FacetNormal(mesh)

F = inner(grad(u), grad(v))*dx + d*dot(grad(

(f*v*dx + g*v*ds(1) + h*d*ds(0) + lmbd*h*ds(0))

a = lhs(F)

L = rhs(F)

# Compute solution

A = assemble(a, exterior_

b = assemble(L, exterior_

for bc in bcs: bc.apply(A, b)

w = Function(W)

solve(A, w.vector(), b, 'lu')

(u,lmbd) = w.split()

# Plot solution

plot(u, interactive=True)

which gives a noisy result not at all resembling any solution to a poisson equation.

I would appreciate any help or pointers in the right direction - many thanks already!

Cheers

Markus

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