Discrete H 1 -inequalities for spaces admitting M-decompositions

Bernardo Cockburn, Guosheng Fu, Weifeng Qiu

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We find new discrete H 1 - and Poincaré-Friedrichs inequalities by studying the invertibility of the discontinuous Galkerkin (DG) approximation of the flux for local spaces admitting M-decompositions. We then show how to use these inequalities to define and analyze new, superconvergent hybridizable DG (HDG) and mixed methods for which the stabilization function is defined in such a way that the approximations satisfy new H 1 -stability results with which their error analysis is greatly simplified. We apply this approach to define a wide class of energy-bounded, superconvergent HDG and mixed methods for the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations defined on unstructured meshes using, in two dimensions, general polygonal elements and, in three dimensions, general, flat-faced tetrahedral, prismatic, pyramidal, and hexahedral elements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3407-3429
Number of pages23
JournalSIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2018

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  • Discontinuous galerkin
  • Hybridization
  • Navier-Stokes
  • Stability
  • Superconvergence


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