Numerische Mathematik

, Volume 53, Issue 1–2, pp 225–235 | Cite as

Stabilized mixed methods for the Stokes problem

  • Franco Brezzi
  • Jim DouglasJr.


The solution of the Stokes problem is approximated by three stabilized mixed methods, one due to Hughes, Balestra, and Franca and the other two being variants of this procedure. In each case the bilinear form associated with the saddle-point problem of the standard mixed formulation is modified to become coercive over the finite element space. Error estimates are derived for each procedure.

Subject Classifications

AMS(MOS): 65N30 CR: G1.8 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Franco Brezzi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jim DouglasJr.
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Meccanica StrutturaleUniversità di PaviaPaviaItaly
  2. 2.Istituto di Analisi Numerica del C.N.R. di PaviaItaly
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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