Two Level Finite Element Technique

for Pressure Recovery from Stream Function Formulation

of The Navier-Stokes Equations



ABSTRACT : We consider two-level finite element discretization methods for the stream function formulation of the Navier-Stokes equations. The two-level method consists of solving a small nonlinear system on the coarse mesh, then solving a linear system on the fine mesh. It is shown in \cite{fai_1998} that the errors between the coarse and fine meshes are related superlinearly. This paper presents an algorithm for pressure recovery and a general analysis of convergence for the algorithm. The numerical example for the 2D driven cavity fluid is considered. Streamfunction contours are displayed showing the main features of the flow.