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Pre-Publicación 2017-21

Sergio Caucao, Gabriel N. Gatica, Ricardo Oyarzua:

Analysis of an augmented fully-mixed formulation for the non-isothermal Oldroyd-Stokes problem


We introduce and analyse an augmented mixed variational formulation for the non-isothermal Oldroyd-Stokes problem. More precisely, the underlying model consists of the Stokes-type equation for Oldroyd viscoelasticity, coupled with the heat equation through a convective term and the viscosity of the fluid. The original unknowns are the polymeric part of the extra-stress tensor, the velocity, the pressure, and the temperature of the fluid. In turn, for convenience of the analysis, the strain tensor, the vorticity, and an auxiliary symmetric tensor are introduced as further unknowns. This allows to join the polymeric and solvent viscosities in an adimensional viscosity, and to eliminate the polymeric part of the extra-stress tensor and the pressure from the system, which, together with the solvent part of the extra-stress tensor, are easily recovered later on through suitable postprocessing formulae. In this way, a fully mixed approach is applied, in which the heat flux vector is incorporated as an additional unknown as well. Furthermore, since the convective term in the heat equation forces both the velocity and the temperature to live in a smaller space than usual, we augment the variational formulation by using the constitutive and equilibrium equations, the relation defining the strain and vorticity tensors, and the Dirichlet boundary condition on the temperature. The resulting augmented scheme is then written equivalently as a fixed-point equation, so that the well-known Schauder and Banach theorems, combined with the Lax-Milgram theorem and certain regularity assumptions, are applied to prove the unique solvability of the continuous system. As for the associated Galerkin scheme, whose solvability is established similarly to the continuous case by using the Brouwer fixed-point and Lax-Milgram theorems, we employ Raviart--Thomas approximations of order k for the stress tensor and the heat flux vector, continuous piecewise polynomials of order le k+1 for velocity and temperature, and piecewise polynomials of order le k for the strain tensor and the vorticity. Finally, we derive optimal a priori error estimates and provide several numerical results illustrating the good performance of the scheme and confirming the theoretical rates of convergence.

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