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Preprint 2009-035

A convergent nonconforming finite element method for compressible Stokes flow

Kenneth H. Karlsen and Trygve K. Karper

Abstract: We propose a nonconforming finite element method for isentropic viscous gas flow in situations where convective effects may be neglected. We approximate the continuity equation by a piecewise constant discontinuous Galerkin method. The velocity (momentum) equation is approximated by a finite element method on div-curl form using the nonconforming Crouzeix–Raviart space. Our main result is that the finite element method converges to a weak solution. The main challenge is to demonstrate the strong convergence of the density approximations, which is mandatory in view of the nonlinear pressure function. The analysis makes use of a higher integrability estimate on the density approximations, an equation for the “effective viscous flux”, and renormalized versions of the discontinuous Galerkin method.

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Kenneth H. Karlsen
Trygve K. Karper
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; 2009-06-25.