A finite element analysis of a linearized problem of the Navier-Stokes equations with surface tension

Masahisa Tabata, Daisuke Tagami

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A finite element analysis is performed for a stationary linearized problem of the Navier-Stokes equations with surface tension. Since the surface tension brings about a second-order derivative of the velocity in the boundary condition, the velocity space is equipped with a stronger topology than in the conventional case. Under the strong topology, conditions of the uniform solvability and the approximation are verified on some pairs of finite element spaces for the velocity and the pressure. Thus an optimal error estimate is derived. Some numerical results are shown, which agree well with theoretical ones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-57
Number of pages18
JournalSIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes



  • Finite element methods
  • Inf-sup condition
  • Navier-Stokes equations
  • Optimal error estimates
  • Surface tension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics

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