Localized pointwise error estimates for mixed finite element methods Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper we give weighted, or localized, pointwise error estimates which are valid for two different mixed finite element methods for a general second-order linear elliptic problem and for general choices of mixed elements for simplicial meshes. These estimates, similar in spirit to those recently proved by Schatz for the basic Galerkin finite element method for elliptic problems, show that the dependence of the pointwise errors in both the scalar and vector variables on the derivative of the solution is mostly local in character or conversely that the global dependence of the pointwise errors is weak. This localization is more pronounced for higher order elements. Our estimates indicate that localization occurs except when the lowest order Brezzi-Douglas-Marini elements are used, and we provide computational examples showing that the error is indeed not localized when these elements are employed.

published proceedings

  • Mathematics of Computation

author list (cited authors)

  • Demlow, A.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Demlow, Alan

publication date

  • October 2004