Convergence of a Cell-Centered Finite Volume Discretization for Linear Elasticity
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We show convergence of a cell-centered finite volume discretization for linear elasticity. The discretization, termed the MPSA method, was recently proposed in the context of geological applications, where cell-centered variables are often preferred. Our analysis utilizes a hybrid variational formulation, which has previously been used to analyze finite volume discretizations for the scalar diffusion equation. The current analysis deviates significantly from the previous in three respects. First, additional stabilization leads to a more complex saddle-point problem. Second, a discrete Korn's inequality has to be established for the global discretization. Finally, robustness with respect to the Poisson ratio is analyzed. The stability and convergence results presented herein provide the first rigorous justification of the applicability of cell-centered finite volume methods to problems in linear elasticity.