Netgen is able to create periodic meshes, with them NGSolve can create periodic finite element spaces by mapping the degrees of freedom on the slave boundary to the ones on the master boundary. To use this functionality create a periodic mesh first:

Periodic Meshes


If a geometry object has a periodic identification, Netgen creates a periodic mesh for the specified surfaces. In 3 dimensions, this identification is created using CSGeometry.PeriodicSurfaces(master,slave). Here we define a cube with periodicity in x-direction and create a periodic NGSolve mesh for it:

from netgen.csg import *

geo = CSGeometry()
left = Plane(Pnt(0,0,0),Vec(-1,0,0))
right = Plane(Pnt(1,0,0),Vec(1,0,0))
brick = OrthoBrick(Pnt(-1,0,0),Pnt(2,1,1)).bc("outer")
cube = brick * left * right

from ngsolve import *
mesh = Mesh(geo.GenerateMesh(maxh=0.3))


In two dimensions you can create periodic geometries with the copy parameter of the SplineGeometry.Append method. This defines the appended spline as the slave of the one given in copy:


The slave boundaries must be defined in the same direction as the master ones!

from netgen.geom2d import *

periodic = SplineGeometry()
pnts = [ (0,0), (1,0), (1,1), (0,1) ]
pnums = [periodic.AppendPoint(*p) for p in pnts]

periodic.Append ( ["line", pnums[0], pnums[1]],bc="outer")
# This should be our master edge so we need to save its number.
lright = periodic.Append ( ["line", pnums[1], pnums[2]], bc="periodic")
periodic.Append ( ["line", pnums[2], pnums[3]], bc="outer")
# Slave boundaries must be defined in the same direction as master ones,
# this is why the the point numbers of this spline are defined in the reverse direction,
# leftdomain and rightdomain must therefore be switched as well!
# We use the master number as the copy argument to create a slave edge.
periodic.Append ( ["line", pnums[0], pnums[3]], leftdomain=0, rightdomain=1, copy=lright, bc="periodic")

from ngsolve import *
mesh = Mesh(periodic.GenerateMesh(maxh=0.2))


In one dimension you can add periodic identifications to points (This is not necessary for mesh creation of course, but lets NGSolve find the periodic vertices the same way as it finds the ones in higher dimensions). The added point numbers must be the ones returned from mesh.Add(MeshPoint). This is a manually created mesh with periodic boundaries:

from netgen.meshing import *

mesh = Mesh(dim=1)
pids = []
n = 50
for i in range(n+1):
    pids.append (mesh.Add (MeshPoint(Pnt(i/n, 0, 0))))
for i in range(n):
mesh.Add (Element0D( pids[0], index=1))
mesh.Add (Element0D( pids[n], index=2))

Periodic FESpace

The periodic finite element space is created using the generator function Periodic. A quasi-periodic space can be created the same way if the optional parameter ‘phase’ is set.


The phase shifts must be given in the same order as the definition of the periodic boundaries in the geometry!

We can solve a periodic problem using the above defined mesh:

fes = Periodic(H1(mesh,order=3,dirichlet="outer"))

u,v = fes.TrialFunction(), fes.TestFunction()

a = BilinearForm(fes,symmetric=True)
a += SymbolicBFI(grad(u) * grad(v))

f = LinearForm(fes)
f += SymbolicLFI(x*v)

u = GridFunction(fes,"u")

with TaskManager():
    f.Assemble() = a.mat.Inverse(fes.FreeDofs()) * f.vec


The solution of this problem plotted in 2D and in 3D:

../_images/periodic2d.png ../_images/periodic3d.png


Since the dofs are mapped to the other side, periodic spaces are not possible on meshes with only one element in the direction of the periodic boundaries (then the elementmatrix would need to be of different size and NGSolve cannot handle that). So make sure that the meshsize is less than half your domain width!

You can download these examples here: 1D, 2D, 3D.

Function Documentation


Periodic or quasi-periodic Finite Element Spaces. The periodic fespace is a wrapper around a standard fespace with an additional dof mapping for the periodic degrees of freedom. All dofs on slave boundaries are mapped to their master dofs. Because of this, the mesh needs to be periodic. Low order fespaces are currently not supported, so methods using them will not work.


fespace : ngsolve.comp.FESpace
finite element space
phase : list of Complex = None
phase shift for quasi-periodic finite element space. The basis functions on the slave boundary are multiplied by the factor given in this list. If None (default) is given, a periodic fespace is created. The order of the list must match the order of the definition of the periodic boundaries in the mesh.
used_idnrs : list of int = None
identification numbers to be made periodic if you don’t want to use all periodic identifications defined in the mesh, if None (default) all available periodic identifications are used.

Keyword arguments can be:

order: int = 1
order of finite element space
complex: bool = False
Set if FESpace should be complex
dirichlet: regexpr
Regular expression string defining the dirichlet boundary. More than one boundary can be combined by the | operator, i.e.: dirichlet = ‘top|right’
definedon: Region or regexpr
FESpace is only defined on specific Region, created with mesh.Materials(‘regexpr’) or mesh.Boundaries(‘regexpr’). If given a regexpr, the region is assumed to be mesh.Materials(‘regexpr’).
dim: int = 1
Create multi dimensional FESpace (i.e. [H1]^3)
dgjumps: bool = False
Enable discontinuous space for DG methods, this flag is needed for DG methods, since the dofs have a different coupling then and this changes the sparsity pattern of matrices.
low_order_space: bool = True
Generate a lowest order space together with the high-order space, needed for some preconditioners.
CONSTANT .. use the same fixed order for all elements, NODAL ..... use the same order for nodes of same shape, VARIBLE ... use an individual order for each edge, face and cell, OLDSTYLE .. as it used to be for the last decade