Numerische Mathematik

, Volume 58, Issue 1, pp 203–214

The conditioning of the stiffness matrix for certain elements approximating the incompressibility condition in fluid dynamics

  • W. Dörfler

DOI: 10.1007/BF01385619

Cite this article as:
Dörfler, W. Numer. Math. (1990) 58: 203. doi:10.1007/BF01385619


In order to solve the Stokes equations numerically, Crouzeix and Raviart introduced elements satisfying a discrete divergence condition. For the two dimensional case and uniform triangulations it is shown, that using the standard basis functions, the conditioning of the stiffness matrix is of orderN2, whereN is the dimension of the corresponding finite element space. Hierarchical bases are introduced which give a condition number of orderN log(N)3.

Subject classifications

AMS(MOS) 65F10 65N30 76D05 CR: G1.8 

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© Springer-Verlag 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Dörfler
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Angewandte MathematikBonn 1Germany

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