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On the stability of DPG formulations of transport equations. (English) Zbl 1383.65102
Summary: In this paper we formulate and analyze a discontinuous Petrov-Galerkin (DPG) formulation of linear transport equations with variable convection fields. We show that a corresponding infinite dimensional mesh-dependent variational formulation, in which besides the principal field its trace on the mesh skeleton is also an unknown, is uniformly stable with respect to the mesh, where the test space is a certain product space over the underlying domain partition.
Our main result then states the following. For piecewise polynomial trial spaces of degree \(m\), we show under mild assumptions on the convection field that piecewise polynomial test spaces of degree \(m+1\) over a refinement of the primal partition with uniformly bounded refinement depth give rise to uniformly (with respect to the mesh size) stable Petrov-Galerkin discretizations. The partitions are required to be shape regular but need not be quasi-uniform. An important startup ingredient is that for a constant convection field one can identify the exact optimal test functions with respect to a suitably modified but uniformly equivalent broken test space norm as piecewise polynomials. These test functions are then varied towards simpler and stably computable near-optimal test functions for which the above result is derived via a perturbation analysis. We conclude indicating some consequences of the results that will be treated in forthcoming work.

65M12 Stability and convergence of numerical methods for initial value and initial-boundary value problems involving PDEs
35L02 First-order hyperbolic equations
65M60 Finite element, Rayleigh-Ritz and Galerkin methods for initial value and initial-boundary value problems involving PDEs
65M50 Mesh generation, refinement, and adaptive methods for the numerical solution of initial value and initial-boundary value problems involving PDEs
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