Volume 50, Number 3, May-June 2016
Special Issue – Polyhedral discretization for PDE
|Page(s)||851 - 877|
|Published online||23 May 2016|
The arbitrary order mixed mimetic finite difference method for the diffusion equation
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Theoretical Division, Group
T-5, MS B284,
Los Alamos, NM-87545, USA
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2 Istituto di Matematica Applicata e Tecnologie Informatiche, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IMATI-CNR), via Ferrata 1, 27100 Pavia, Italy
3 Centro di Simulazione Numerica Avanzata (CeSNA) – IUSS Pavia, v.le Lungo Ticino Sforza 56, 27100 Pavia, Italy
Received: 19 April 2015
Revised: 15 October 2015
We propose an arbitrary-order accurate mimetic finite difference (MFD) method for the approximation of diffusion problems in mixed form on unstructured polygonal and polyhedral meshes. As usual in the mimetic numerical technology, the method satisfies local consistency and stability conditions, which determines the accuracy and the well-posedness of the resulting approximation. The method also requires the definition of a high-order discrete divergence operator that is the discrete analog of the divergence operator and is acting on the degrees of freedom. The new family of mimetic methods is proved theoretically to be convergent and optimal error estimates for flux and scalar variable are derived from the convergence analysis. A numerical experiment confirms the high-order accuracy of the method in solving diffusion problems with variable diffusion tensor. It is worth mentioning that the approximation of the scalar variable presents a superconvergence effect.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 65N30 / 65N12 / 65G99 / 76R99
Key words: Mimetic finite difference method / polygonal mesh / high-order discretization / Poisson problem / mixed formulation
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