Flux-mortar mixed finite element methods on non-matching grids

08/21/2020 ∙ by Wietse M. Boon, et al. ∙ 0

We investigate a mortar technique for mixed finite element approximations of Darcy flow on non-matching grids in which the normal flux is chosen as the coupling variable. It plays the role of a Lagrange multiplier to impose weakly continuity of pressure. In the mixed formulation of the problem, the normal flux is an essential boundary condition and it is incorporated with the use of suitable extension operators. Two such extension operators are considered and we analyze the resulting formulations with respect to stability and convergence. We further generalize the theoretical results, showing that the same domain decomposition technique is applicable to a class of saddle point problems satisfying mild assumptions. An example of coupled Stokes-Darcy flows is presented.

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