Computational Geosciences

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 145–158 | Cite as

A coupling of mixed and continuous Galerkin finite element methods for poroelasticity II: the discrete-in-time case

  • Phillip Joseph Phillips
  • Mary F. WheelerEmail author
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In this paper, we formulate a finite element procedure for approximating the coupled fluid and mechanics in Biot’s consolidation model of poroelasticity. Here, we approximate the pressure by a mixed finite element method and the displacements by a Galerkin method. Theoretical convergence error estimates are derived in a discrete-in-time setting. Of particular interest is the case when the lowest-order Raviart–Thomas approximating space or cell-centered finite differences are used in the mixed formulation and continuous piecewise linear approximations are used for displacements. This approach appears to be the one most frequently applied to existing reservoir engineering simulators.


Continuous Galerkin Discrete-in-time a priori error estimates Mixed finite elements Poroelasticity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Subsurface Modeling (CSM), Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES)University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.CSM, ICES, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geosystems EngineeringUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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