Skeleton-stabilized IsoGeometric Analysis: high-regularity interior-penalty methods for incompressible viscous flow problems

T. Hoang, C.V. Verhoosel, F. Auricchio, E.H. van Brummelen, A. Reali

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A Skeleton-stabilized IsoGeometric Analysis (SIGA) technique is proposed for incompressible viscous flow problems with moderate Reynolds number. The proposed method allows utilizing identical finite dimensional spaces (with arbitrary B-splines/NURBS order and regularity) for the approximation of the pressure and velocity components. The key idea is to stabilize the jumps of high-order derivatives of variables over the skeleton of the mesh. For B-splines/NURBS basis functions of degree k with Cα-regularity (0≤α<k), only the derivative of order α+1 has to be controlled. This stabilization technique thus can be viewed as a high-regularity generalization of the (Continuous) Interior-Penalty Finite Element Method. Numerical experiments are performed for the Stokes and Navier–Stokes equations in two and three dimensions. Oscillation-free solutions and optimal convergence rates are obtained. In terms of the sparsity pattern of the algebraic system, we demonstrate that the block matrix associated with the stabilization term has a considerably smaller bandwidth when using B-splines than when using Lagrange basis functions, even in the case of C0-continuity. This important property makes the proposed isogeometric framework practical from a computational effort point of view.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-351
Number of pages28
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018


  • High-regularity interior-penalty method
  • Isogeometric analysis
  • Navier–Stokes
  • Skeleton-stabilized
  • Stabilization method
  • Stokes


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