Kybernetika 45 no. 4, 634-645, 2009

On a Variant of the Local Projection Method Stable in the SUPG Norm

Petr Knobloch


We consider the local projection finite element method for the discretization of a scalar convection-diffusion equation with a divergence-free convection field. We introduce a new fluctuation operator which is defined using an orthogonal $L^2$ projection with respect to a weighted $L^2$ inner product. We prove that the bilinear form corresponding to the discrete problem satisfies an inf-sup condition with respect to the SUPG norm and derive an error estimate for the discrete solution.


stability, finite element method, stabilization, convection-diffusion equation, inf-sup condition, SUPG method, local projection method, error estimates


65N30, 65N12, 65N15