A hybridizable discontinuous Galerkin method for steady-state convection-diffusion-reaction problems

Bernardo Cockburn, Bo Dong, Johnny Guzmán, Marco Restelli, Riccardo Sacco

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

142 Scopus citations


In this article, we propose a novel discontinuous Galerkin method for convectiondiffusion- reaction problems, characterized by three main properties. The first is that the method is hybridizable; this renders it efficiently implementable and competitive with the main existing methods for these problems. The second is that, when the method uses polynomial approximations of the same degree for both the total flux and the scalar variable, optimal convergence properties are obtained for both variables; this is in sharp contrast with all other discontinuous methods for this problem. The third is that the method exhibits superconvergence properties of the approximation to the scalar variable; this allows us to postprocess the approximation in an element-by-element fashion to obtain another approximation to the scalar variable which converges faster than the original one. In this paper, we focus on the efficient implementation of the method and on the validation of its computational performance. With this aim, extensive numerical tests are devoted to explore the convergence properties of the novel scheme, to compare it with other methods in the diffusiondominated regime, and to display its stability and accuracy in the convection-dominated case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3827-3846
Number of pages20
JournalSIAM Journal on Scientific Computing
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2009


  • Convectiondiffusion
  • Discontinuous Galerkin methods
  • Hybridization
  • Superconvergence


Dive into the research topics of 'A hybridizable discontinuous Galerkin method for steady-state convection-diffusion-reaction problems'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this