## Abstract

In incompressible flow problems, the finite element discretization of pressure and velocity can be done through either stable spaces or stabilized pairs. For equal-order stabilized methods with piecewise linear discretization, the classical theory guarantees only linear convergence for the pressure approximation. However, a higher order is often observed, yet seldom discussed, in numerical practice. Such experimental observations may, in the absence of a sound a priori error analysis, mislead the selection of finite element spaces in practical applications. Therefore, we present here a numerical analysis demonstrating that an initial higher-order pressure convergence may in fact occur under certain conditions, for equal-order elements of any degree. Moreover, our numerical experiments clearly indicate that whether and for how long this behavior holds is a problem-dependent matter. These findings confirm that an optimal pressure convergence can in general not be expected when using unbalanced velocity-pressure pairs.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 140-145 |

Number of pages | 6 |

Journal | Computers and Mathematics with Applications |

Volume | 109 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 1 Mar 2022 |

## Keywords

- Finite element methods
- Incompressible flow
- Numerical analysis
- Stabilized finite element methods
- Stokes system
- Superconvergence

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Modelling and Simulation
- Computational Theory and Mathematics
- Computational Mathematics