Analysis and finite element approximation of a Ladyzhenskaya model for viscous flow in streamfunction form
In this paper we consider a model for the motion of incompressible viscous flows proposed by Ladyzhenskaya. The Ladyzhenskaya model is written in terms of the velocity and pressure while the studied model is written in terms of the streamfunction only. We derived the streamfunction equation of the Ladyzhenskaya model and present a weak formulation and show that this formulation is equivalent to the velocity-pressure formulation. We also present some existence and uniqueness results for the model. Finite element approximation procedures are presented. The discrete problem is proposed to be well posed and stable. Some error estimates are derived. We consider the 2D driven cavity flow problem and provide graphs which illustrate differences between the approximation procedure presented here and the approximation for the streamfunction form of the Navier-Stokes equations. Streamfunction contours are also displayed showing the main features of the flow.
Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics
- Pub Date:
- September 2007
- Finite element method;
- Ladyzhenskaya model;
- Streamfunction formulation