Applied Mathematics and Mechanics

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 186–201 | Cite as

Mixed finite element methods for the shallow water equations including current and silt sedimentation (II)—The discrete-time case along characteristics

  • Luo Zhen-dong
  • Zhu Jiang
  • Zeng Qing-cun
  • Xie Zheng-hui


The mixed finite element (MFE) methods for a shallow water equation system consisting of water dynamics equations, silt transport equation, and the equation of bottom topography change were derived. A fully discrete MFE scheme for the discrete-time along characteristics is presented and error estimates are established. The existence and convergence of MFE solution of the discrete current velocity, elevation of the bottom topography, thickness of fluid column, and mass rate of sediment is demonstrated.

Key words

mixed finite element method shallow water equation error estimate current and silt sedimentation characteristics method 

Chinese Library Classification


2000 Mathematics Subject Classification

65N30 35Q10 65M30 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luo Zhen-dong
    • 1
    • 2
  • Zhu Jiang
    • 2
  • Zeng Qing-cun
    • 2
  • Xie Zheng-hui
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsCapital Normal UniversityBeijingP. R. China
  2. 2.Institute of Atmospheric PhysicsChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingP. R. China

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