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Superconvergent discontinuous Galerkin methods for nonlinear parabolic initial and boundary value problems

Sangita Yadav and Amiya K. Pani

Abstract

In this article, we discuss error estimates for nonlinear parabolic problems using discontinuous Galerkin methods which include HDG method in the spatial direction while keeping time variable continuous. When piecewise polynomials of degree k ⩾ 1 are used to approximate both the potential as well as the flux, it is shown that the error estimate for the semi-discrete flux in L(0, T; L2)-norm is of order k + 1. With the help of a suitable post-processing of the semi-discrete potential, it is proved that the resulting post-processed potential converges with order of convergence O(log(T/h2)hk+2) in L(0, T; L2)-norm. These results extend the HDG analysis of Chabaud and Cockburn [Math. Comp. 81 (2012), 107–129] for the heat equation to non-linear parabolic problems.

JEL Classification: 65M60; 65M15

  1. Funding: We are thankful to the referees for their valuable suggestions, which help to improve our manuscript. The first author acknowledges the financial support by DST FIST project having no. SR/FST/MSI-090/2013(C).

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Received: 2017-11-20
Revised: 2018-08-19
Accepted: 2018-09-29
Published Online: 2019-09-17
Published in Print: 2019-09-25

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