Numerical Solution of the Stokes Problem in the Primitive Variables
The abstract problem discussed in Chapter I, § 4 lends itself readily to a straight-forward approximation that converges under reasonable assumptions with an error proportional to the approximation error of the spaces involved. When applied to the Stokes problem, this approach yields a conforming approximation of the velocity and pressure, although the approximate velocity field is (in general) not exactly divergence-free. The wide range of finite element methods developped in the remainder of the chapter are all founded on the material of this paragraph. Non-conforming methods can also be put into this framework (cf. Zine ) but for the sake of conciseness we have skipped them entirely.
KeywordsFinite Element Method Bilinear Form Affine Transformation Stokes Problem Continuous Approximation
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