Abstract This article analyses the convergence of the Vertex Approximate Gradi- ent (VAG) scheme recently introduced in Eymard et al. 2012 for the discretization of multiphase Darcy flows on general polyhedral meshes. The convergence of the scheme to a weak solution is shown in the par- ticular case of an incompressible immiscible two-phase Darcy flow model with capillary diffusion using a global pressure formulation. A remarkable property in practice is that the convergence is proven whatever the dis- tribution of the volumes at the cell centers and at the vertices used in the control volume discretization of the saturation equation. The numerical experiments carried out for various families of 2D and 3D meshes confirm this result on a one-dimensional Buckley Leverett solution.

Key words : Finite volume, two-phase Darcy flows, diffusion fluxes, general meshes, heterogeneous anisotropic media

Paper presented by JM Hérard and T. Gallouët on June, 26, 2013