Simple finite element method in vorticity formulation for incompressible flows

Jian Guo Liu, E. Weinan

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A very simple and efficient finite element method is introduced for two and three dimensional viscous incompressible flows using the vorticity formulation. This method relies on recasting the traditional finite element method in the spirit of the high order accurate finite difference methods introduced by the authors in another work. Optimal accuracy of arbitrary order can be achieved using standard finite element or spectral elements. The method is convectively stable and is particularly suited for moderate to high Reynolds number flows.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-593
Number of pages15
JournalMathematics of Computation
Issue number234
StatePublished - Apr 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


  • Error analysis
  • Navier-stokes equations
  • Simple finite element method
  • Vorticity boundary conditions


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