Error analysis of a fully discrete finite element variational multiscale method for time-dependent incompressible Navier–Stokes equations

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  • Yueqiang Shang

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    1. School of Mathematics and Computer Science, Guizhou Normal University, Guiyang 550001, Peoples Republic of China
    • School of Mathematics and Computer Science, Guizhou Normal University, Guiyang 550001, Peoples Republic of China
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Abstract

A finite element variational multiscale method based on two local Gauss integrations is applied to solve numerically the time-dependent incompressible Navier–Stokes equations. A significant feature of the method is that the definition of the stabilization term is derived via two local Guass integrations at element level, making it more efficient than the usual projection-based variational multiscale methods. It is computationally cheap and gives an accurate approximation to the quantities sought. Based on backward Euler and Crank–Nicolson schemes for temporal discretization, we derive error bounds of the fully discrete solution which are first and second order in time, respectively. Numerical tests are also given to verify the theoretical predictions and demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Numer Methods Partial Differential Eq, 2013

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