Bruno - Thank you for your help. I see what you are saying. In this way I would need to make sure I have the same number of gauss points as nodes in the finite element since deal.II will assume that the stress degrees of freedom are associated with the nodes. For now I don't believe this is too strict of a limitation for me since I will likely choose the quadrature rule such that the number of quadrature points is equal to the number of nodes anyways. Perhaps there is a better way to handle this situation but I will try this for now. Thanks again!

Jonathan On Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 11:04:33 AM UTC-5, Bruno Turcksin wrote: > > Jonathan, > > 2018-03-07 10:43 GMT-05:00 Jonathan Russ <jr3...@columbia.edu > <javascript:>>: > >> >> Thank you for your fast reply. I'm sorry I'm not doing a great job of >> explaining this. Here is an example from elasticity that illustrates what I >> would like: >> In this case there are displacement degrees of freedom at the nodes but >> the stress is a quantity typically derived from the displacements. However, >> one could make the stress an independent degree of freedom at the gauss >> points. >> >> So, in the element there would be displacement degrees of freedom at the >> nodes and stress degrees of freedom at the gauss points. Does this make >> sense? >> > I don't think there is a way to do that in deal unless you can split your > finite elements, i.e., you have one FE_Q for the displacement and another > FE_Q for the stress. Then, you can use FESystem. But do I understand > correctly that the stress is not describe by any finite element but you > would like to use dof_handler to help you manage some data. In that case, I > think that using a FESystem should work, you just will never call FEValues > for the stress since you don't care about the associated finite element but > the dof_handler will associate a degree of freedom to each quadrature point. > > Best, > > Bruno > -- The deal.II project is located at http://www.dealii.org/ For mailing list/forum options, see https://groups.google.com/d/forum/dealii?hl=en --- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "deal.II User Group" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to dealii+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.