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Pre-Publicación 2018-21

Ricardo Oyarzua, Miguel Serón:

A divergence-conforming DG-mixed fi nite element method for the stationary Boussinesq problem


In this work we propose and analyze a new fully divergence-conforming fi nite element method for the numerical simulation of the Boussinesq problem, describing the motion of a non-isothermal incompressible fluid subject to a heat source. We consider the standard velocity-pressure formulation for the fluid flow equation and the dual-mixed one for the heat equation. In this way, the unknowns of the resulting formulation are given by the velocity, the pressure, the temperature and the gradient of the latter. The corresponding Galerkin scheme makes use of the nonconforming exactly divergence-free approach to approximate the velocity and pressure, and employ standard Hdiv-conforming elements for the gradient of the temperature and discontinuous elements for the temperature. Since here we utilize a dual-mixed formulation for the heat equation, the temperature Dirichlet boundary condition becomes natural, thus there is no need of introducing a sufficiently small discrete lifting to prove well-posedness of the discrete problem. Moreover, the resulting numerical scheme yields exactly divergence-free velocity approximations; thus, it is probably energy-stable without the need to modify the underlying differential equations, and provide an optimal convergent approximation of the temperature gradient. The analysis of the continuous and discrete problems are carried out by means of a fixed-point strategy, under a sufficiently small data assumption. We derive optimal error estimates in the mesh size for smooth solutions and provide several numerical results illustrating the performance of the method and confi rming the theoretical rates of convergence.

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