Volume 51, Number 3, May-June 2017
|Page(s)||1063 - 1087|
|Published online||07 June 2017|
Stability analysis and error estimates of Lax–Wendroff discontinuous Galerkin methods for linear conservation laws∗
Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA. ;
Received: 30 March 2016
Revised: 21 June 2016
Accepted: 5 July 2016
In this paper, we analyze the Lax–Wendroff discontinuous Galerkin (LWDG) method for solving linear conservation laws. The method was originally proposed by Guo et al. in [W. Guo, J.-M. Qiu and J. Qiu, J. Sci. Comput. 65 (2015) 299–326], where they applied local discontinuous Galerkin (LDG) techniques to approximate high order spatial derivatives in the Lax–Wendroff time discretization. We show that, under the standard CFL condition τ ≤ λh (where τ and h are the time step and the maximum element length respectively and λ> 0 is a constant) and uniform or non-increasing time steps, the second order schemes with piecewise linear elements and the third order schemes with arbitrary piecewise polynomial elements are stable in the L2 norm. The specific type of stability may differ with different choices of numerical fluxes. Our stability analysis includes multidimensional problems with divergence-free coefficients. Besides solving the equation itself, the LWDG method also gives approximations to its time derivative simultaneously. We obtain optimal error estimates for both the solution u and its first order time derivative ut in one dimension, and numerical examples are given to validate our analysis.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 65M12 / 65M15 / 65M60
Key words: Discontinuous Galerkin method / Lax–Wendroff time discretization / linear conservation laws / L2-stability / error estimates
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