Pressure stabilization of finite element approximations of time-dependent incompressible flow problems

Gabriel Barrenechea, Jordi Blasco

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This paper we develop and analyze pressure stabilized, finite element methods for the solution of the transient Stokes problem, which is a linear model problem of transient incompressible flow. A model for the bubble enrichment is proposed to stabilize the numerical solution and an implicit backward Euler method is considered for the time approximation. Different methods are obtained depending on whether bubbles are allowed to evolve with time or they are considered quasi-static. Stability estimates are provided for the two methods considered, both for the velocity and the pressure solutions. Numerical results obtained on test cases are also given, which confirm the theoretical stability results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-231
Number of pages13
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007



  • finite elements
  • incompressible flow
  • time-dependent Stokes problem
  • stability analysis
  • pressure stabilization

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