We analyze the application to elastodynamic problems of mixed finite element methods for elasticity with weakly imposed symmetry of stress. Our approach leads to a semidiscrete method which consists of a system of ordinary differential equations without algebraic constraints. Our error analysis, which is based on a new elliptic projection operator, applies to several mixed finite element spaces developed for elastostatics. The error estimates we obtain are robust for nearly incompressible materials.
- Mixed finite element
- Weak symmetry