In this paper, we introduce and analyze local discontinuous Galerkin methods for the Stokes system. For a class of shape regular meshes with hanging nodes we derive a priori estimates for the L2-norm of the errors in the velocities and the pressure. We show that optimal-order estimates are obtained when polynomials of degree k are used for each component of the velocity and polynomials of degree k - 1 for the pressure, for any k ≥ 1. We also consider the case in which all the unknowns are approximated with polynomials of degree k and show that, although the orders of convergence remain the same, the method is more efficient. Numerical experiments verifying these facts are displayed.
- Discontinuous Galerkin methods
- Finite elements
- Stokes system