A comparison between the mini-element and the Petrov-Galerkin formulations for the generalized Stokes problem. (English) Zbl 0732.65100

The authors try an essay on the stability question of some finite element formulations for a Stokes-like problem where to the classical Stokes equation a term is added that is the product of the velocity and a positive parameter.
Unfortunately, the work contains some unrealistic assumptions on the physical unknowns and does not have the clarity needed for a work pretending to put in order such a complicated question.


65N30 Finite element, Rayleigh-Ritz and Galerkin methods for boundary value problems involving PDEs
65N12 Stability and convergence of numerical methods for boundary value problems involving PDEs
76D07 Stokes and related (Oseen, etc.) flows
76M10 Finite element methods applied to problems in fluid mechanics
35Q30 Navier-Stokes equations
35J25 Boundary value problems for second-order elliptic equations
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