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A conservative flux for the continuous Galerkin method based on discontinuous enrichment

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In this paper we develop techniques for computing elementwise conservative approximations of the flux on element boundaries for the continuous Galerkin method. The technique is based on computing a correction of the average normal flux on an edge or face. The correction is a jump in a piecewise constant or linear function. We derive a basic algorithm which is based on solving a global system of equations and a parallel algorithm based on solving local problems on stars. The methods work on meshes with different element types and hanging nodes. We prove existence, uniqueness, and optimal order error estimates. Lastly, we illustrate our results by a few numerical examples.

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Larson, M., Niklasson, A. A conservative flux for the continuous Galerkin method based on discontinuous enrichment. Calcolo 41, 65–76 (2004).

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