## Preprint 2013-17

## Veronica Anaya, David Mora, Ricardo Ruiz-Baier:

### An augmented mixed finite element method for the vorticity-velocity-pressure formulation of the Stokes equations

### Abstract:

This paper deals with the numerical approximation of the stationary Stokes equations, formulated in terms of vorticity, velocity and pressure, with general boundary conditions. Here, by introducing a Galerkin least-squares term, we end up with a stabilized variational formulation that can be recast as a twofold saddle point problem. We propose two families of mixed finite elements to solve the discrete problem, in the first family, the unknowns are approximated by piecewise continuous and quadratic elements, Brezzi-Douglas-Marini, and piecewise constant finite elements, respectively, while in the second family, the unknowns are approximated by piecewise linear and continuous, Raviart-Thomas, and piecewise constant finite elements, respectively. The wellposedness of the resulting continuous and discrete variational problems are studied employing an extension of the Babuska-Brezzi theory. We establish a priori error estimates in the natural norms, and we finally report some numerical experiments illustrating the behavior of the numerical schemes and confirming our theoretical findings.

This preprint gave rise to the following definitive publication(s):

**Veronica ANAYA, David MORA, Ricardo RUIZ-BAIER: ***An augmented mixed finite element method for the vorticity–velocity–pressure formulation of the Stokes equations*. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, vol. 267, 1, pp. 261-274, (2013).