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A nonconforming primal hybrid finite element method for the two-dimensional vector Laplacian

by   Mary Barker, et al.

We introduce a nonconforming hybrid finite element method for the two-dimensional vector Laplacian, based on a primal variational principle for which conforming methods are known to be inconsistent. Consistency is ensured using penalty terms similar to those used to stabilize hybridizable discontinuous Galerkin (HDG) methods, with a carefully chosen penalty parameter due to Brenner, Li, and Sung [Math. Comp., 76 (2007), pp. 573-595]. Our method accommodates elements of arbitrarily high order and, like HDG methods, it may be implemented efficiently using static condensation. The lowest-order case recovers the P_1-nonconforming method of Brenner, Cui, Li, and Sung [Numer. Math., 109 (2008), pp. 509-533], and we show that higher-order convergence is achieved under appropriate regularity assumptions. The analysis makes novel use of a family of weighted Sobolev spaces, due to Kondrat'ev, for domains admitting corner singularities.


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