Dual-scale Galerkin methods for Darcy flow

Guoyin Wang, Guglielmo Scovazzi*, Léo Nouveau, Christopher E. Kees, Simone Rossi, Oriol Colomés, Alex Main

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The discontinuous Galerkin (DG) method has found widespread application in elliptic problems with rough coefficients, of which the Darcy flow equations are a prototypical example. One of the long-standing issues of DG approximations is the overall computational cost, and many different strategies have been proposed, such as the variational multiscale DG method, the hybridizable DG method, the multiscale DG method, the embedded DG method, and the Enriched Galerkin method. In this work, we propose a mixed dual-scale Galerkin method, in which the degrees-of-freedom of a less computationally expensive coarse-scale approximation are linked to the degrees-of-freedom of a base DG approximation. We show that the proposed approach has always similar or improved accuracy with respect to the base DG method, with a considerable reduction in computational cost. For the specific definition of the coarse-scale space, we consider Raviart–Thomas finite elements for the mass flux and piecewise-linear continuous finite elements for the pressure. We provide a complete analysis of stability and convergence of the proposed method, in addition to a study on its conservation and consistency properties. We also present a battery of numerical tests to verify the results of the analysis, and evaluate a number of possible variations, such as using piecewise-linear continuous finite elements for the coarse-scale mass fluxes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-134
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Computational Physics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Darcy flow
  • Discontinuous Galerkin method
  • Elliptic problems
  • Hybridization
  • Variational multiscale method


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