Editorials in Scientific Journals:

P. Lederer, A. Linke, C. Merdon, J. Schöberl:
"Divergence-free Reconstruction Operators for Pressure-Robust Stokes Discretizations With Continuous Pressure Finite Elements";
SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, 55 (2017), 3; 1291 - 1314.

English abstract:
Classical inf-sup stable mixed finite elements for the incompressible (Navier--)Stokes equations are not pressure-robust, i.e., their velocity errors depend on the continuous pressure. However, a modification only in the right-hand side of a Stokes discretization is able to reestablish pressure-robustness, as shown recently for several inf-sup stable Stokes elements with discontinuous discrete pressures. In this contribution, this idea is extended to low and high order Taylor--Hood and mini elements, which have continuous discrete pressures. For the modification of the right-hand side a velocity reconstruction operator is constructed that maps discretely divergence-free test functions to exactly divergence-free ones. The reconstruction is based on local $H(\mathrm{div})$-conforming flux equilibration on vertex patches, and fulfills certain orthogonality properties to provide consistency and optimal a priori error estimates. Numerical examples for the incompressible Stokes and Navier--Stokes equations confirm that the new pressure-robust Taylor--Hood and mini elements converge with optimal order and outperform significantly the classical versions of those elements when the continuous pressure is comparably large.

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