WIAS Preprint No. 2253, (2016)

Higher-order discontinuous Galerkin time stepping and local projection stabilization techniques for the transient Stokes problem


  • Ahmed, Naveed
    ORCID: 0000-0002-9322-0373
  • Becher, Simon
  • Matthies, Gunar

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 65M12 65M15 65M60


  • Stabilized finite elements, transient Stokes equation, equal-order elements, local projection, discontinuous Galerkin method




We introduce and analyze discontinuous Galerkin time discretizations coupled with continuous finite element methods based on equal-order interpolation in space for velocity and pressure in transient Stokes problems. Spatial stability of the pressure is ensured by adding a stabilization term based on local projection. We present error estimates for the semi-discrete problem after discretization in space only and for the fully discrete problem. The fully discrete pressure shows an instability in the limit of small time step length. Numerical tests are presented which confirm our theoretical results including the pressure instability.

Appeared in

  • Comput. Methods Appl. Mech. Engrg., 313 (2017) pp. 28--52.

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