We study a system of semi-linear elliptic partial differential equations with a lower order cubic nonlinear term, and inhomogeneous Dirichlet boundary conditions, relevant for two-dimensional bistable liquid crystal devices, within a reduced Landau–de Gennes framework. The main results are (i) a priori error estimates for the energy norm, within the Nitsche’s and discontinuous Galerkin frameworks under milder regularity assumptions on the exact solution and (ii) a reliable and efficient a posteriori analysis for a sufficiently large penalization parameter and a sufficiently fine triangulation in both cases. Numerical examples that validate the theoretical results, are presented separately.
- non-linear elliptic PDE
- non-homogeneous Dirichlet boundary data
- lower regularity
- Nitsche's methodq