Numerical Solution of the Biot/Elasticity Interface Problem Using Virtual Element Methods

Sarvesh Kumar, David Mora, Ricardo Ruiz-Baier, Nitesh Verma

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We propose, analyse and implement a virtual element discretisation for an interfacial poroelasticity/elasticity consolidation problem. The formulation of the time–dependent poroelasticity equations uses displacement, fluid pressure and total pressure, and the elasticity equations are written in displacement-pressure formulation. The construction of the virtual element scheme does not require Lagrange multipliers to impose the transmission conditions (continuity of displacement and total traction, and no-flux for the fluid) on the interface. We show the stability and convergence of the virtual element method for different polynomial degrees, and the error bounds are robust with respect to delicate model parameters (such as Lamé constants, permeability, and storativity coefficient). Finally we provide some simple numerical examples that illustrate the properties of the scheme.

Original languageEnglish
Article number53
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Scientific Computing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024


  • A priori error analysis
  • Biot equations
  • Time-dependent problems
  • Virtual element methods

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