Virtual element methods for the three-field formulation of time-dependent linear poroelasticity

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

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A virtual element discretisation for the numerical approximation of the three-field formulation of linear poroelasticity introduced in R. Oyarzúa and R. Ruiz-Baier, (SIAM J. Numer. Anal.54 2951–2973, 2016) is proposed. The treatment is extended to include also the transient case. Appropriate poroelasticity projector operators are introduced and they assist in deriving energy bounds for the time-dependent discrete problem. Under standard assumptions on the computational domain, optimal a priori error estimates are established. These estimates are valid independently of the values assumed by the dilation modulus and the specific storage coefficient, implying that the formulation is locking-free. Furthermore, the accuracy of the method is verified numerically through a set of computational tests.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Number of pages37
JournalAdvances in Computational Mathematics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021


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

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