Long term stability estimates and existence of a global attractor in a finite element approximation of the Navier-Stokes equations with numerical sub-grid scale modeling
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Variational multiscale methods lead to stable finite element approximations of the Navier-Stokes equations, both dealing with the indefinite nature of the system (pressure stability) and the velocity stability loss for high Reynolds numbers. These methods enrich the Galerkin formulation with a sub-grid component that is modelled. In fact, the effect of the sub-grid scale on the captured scales has been proved to dissipate the proper amount of energy needed to approximate the correct energy spectrum. Thus, they also act as effective large-eddy simulation turbulence models and allow to compute flows without the need to capture all the scales in the system. In this article, we consider a dynamic sub-grid model that enforces the sub-grid component to be orthogonal to the finite element space in L2 sense.We analyze the long-term behavior of the algorithm, proving the existence of appropriate absorbing sets and a compact global attractor. The improvements with respect to a finite element Galerkin approximation are the long-term estimates for the sub-grid component, that are translated to effective pressure and velocity stability. Thus, the stabilization introduced by the sub-grid model into the finite element problem is not deteriorated for infinite time intervals of computation.
CitationS. Badia; Codina, R.; Gutiérrez, J. V. Long term stability estimates and existence of a global attractor in a finite element approximation of the Navier-Stokes equations with numerical sub-grid scale modeling. A: Congreso de Ecuaciones Diferenciales y Aplicaciones / Congreso de Matemática Aplicada. "XXI Congreso de Ecuaciones Diferenciales y Aplicaciones, XI Congreso de Matem´atica Aplicada". Ciudad Real: 2012, p. 1-8.