Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 297269, 14 pages
Research Article

A Stabilized Low Order Finite-Volume Method for the Three-Dimensional Stationary Navier-Stokes Equations

1College of Mathematics and Information Science, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062, China
2Department of Mathematics, Baoji University of Arts and Sciences, Baoji 721007, China

Received 13 July 2011; Accepted 28 October 2011

Academic Editor: Rafael Martinez-Guerra

Copyright © 2012 Jian Li et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper proposes and analyzes a stabilized finite-volume method (FVM) for the three-dimensional stationary Navier-Stokes equations approximated by the lowest order finite element pairs. The method studies the new stabilized FVM with the relationship between the stabilized FEM (FEM) and the stabilized FVM under the assumption of the uniqueness condition. The results have three prominent features in this paper. Firstly, the error analysis shows that the stabilized FVM provides an approximate solution with the optimal convergence rate of the same order as the usual stabilized FEM solution solving the stationary Navier-Stokes equations. Secondly, superconvergence results on the solutions of the stabilized FEM and stabilized FVM are derived on the H1-norm and the L2-norm for the velocity and pressure. Thirdly, residual technique is applied to obtain the L2-norm error for the velocity without additional regular assumption on the exact solution.