# Tagged Questions

The process of representing a continuum space with a finite set of points/elements

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### FVM - virtual node discretisation

I have come across the paper titled: A monolithic fluid structure interaction algorithm ... For a 1D grid, at the boundaries the paper uses virtual nodes $x_{0}$ and $x_{N+1}$ (page 372) and for ...
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### Building minimization optimization problem for 2nd-order elliptic PDE

I am solving elliptic PDE problem, for which, Euler scheme looks as following: $$\nabla [\gamma ( |\nabla u|^2) \nabla u] = 0,$$ where $$\gamma(|\nabla u|^2) = (1 + |\nabla u|^2)^{-1/2}.$$ I am ...
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### Minimal surface finite differences problem - Matlab assemble

I face to the following problem: $$(1+u_x^2)u_{yy} - 2u_xu_yu_{xy} + (1+u_y^2)u_{xx}=0.$$ Problem needs to be discretized and assembled. Does anybody know how to proceed in Matlab?
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### Finite difference for nonlinear system of equation

$$\frac{\partial C_i}{\partial t} = D_i \nabla^2 C_i - \frac{I \cdot \nabla t_i}{z_i F} - \sum_{i'} \frac{z_{i'}}{z_i} D_{i'}\nabla \cdot (t_i\nabla C_{i'})$$ ...
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### Computer Build for Scientific Computing

I am currently a .NET software developer(SQL Server, ASP.NET, C#, MVC & Web Forms). In my spare time I'm researching different areas of environmental science. E.g.(Hydrology, Ecology, Atmospheric ...
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### Estimating the local compression/expansion ratio for a transformation on a point cloud

Let's say we have an unorganized point cloud P1 with N points, each with coordinates {x,y,z}. We apply non-rigid transformation to P1 (translation + rotation + warping), to obtain point cloud P2. ...
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### Space-time finite element discretization for time-dependent PDEs

In FEM literature, semi-variational methods are typically used in the solution of time-dependent PDEs. I have not seen a fully-variational approach i.e. where space and time are discretised by FEM, ...
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### communication penalty when using wide stencils in parallel computations

When reading about discontinuous Galerkin methods one finds the argument that these methods allow higher-order accuracy while maintaining a compact stencil (a cell only communicates with its direct ...
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### Equilateral triangle based mesh generation by intersection

In work I am currently working on I need to mesh some structure with equilateral triangles to study it using a kind of discrete element method known as spring networks or Lattice model. To mesh the ...
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### Laplacian discretization for parametric curves

I know how to compute the discrete Laplacian of a graph and of a mesh (the Laplace-Beltrami operator). Is there an analogous definition for the computation of the Laplacian of a parametric curve ? ...
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### How to compute convergence rate for FVM in matlab?

I have implemented a finite volume scheme using Lax-Friedrichs flux and using Roe's linearization. I want to compute the order of convergence vs. the space-step $h$. I have computed a solution with a ...
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### 2nd order differences for modelling a physically discrete phenomenon?

Consider the diffusion of some unknown $R$ on a physically discrete, 1-D ring: x---------x---------x---------x n = 0 1 2 3 We let ...
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### Adaptive mesh refinement algorithms and the difference between AMR and moving mesh

I'm working on my thesis and a part of it has to do with adaptive mesh refinement. As a computer science major, I'm not too familiar with this field. The best way I can put my knowledge of AMR is: I ...
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### What is numerical damping in the context of time-dependent FEM solvers?

Comsol Multiphysics (a popular FEM package) includes two time-stepping algorithms (IDA aka BDF, and Generalized-alpha), described in their documentation as follows (quoted here under Fair Use; ...
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### Non linear system of equations with discretization on k-space

I want to numerically solve the following system of differential equations at the steady state: \begin{aligned} \frac{\partial \rho_{11\mathbf{k}}}{\partial t} =& ...
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### Discrete Poisson Equation with Pure Neumann Boundary Conditions

I'm trying to implement the Helmholtz-Hodge Decomposition in 2D, which states that a vector field is composed by a rotational free component, a divergence free component and a harmonic component. ...
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### Surface integration over a portion of an ellipsoid

I would like to perform a surface integration over a portion $D$ of an ellipsoid. A plane arbitrarily intersects the ellipsoid forming two sections, of which one is $D$. I do not know how I can ...
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### boundary conditions with non-constant coefficients in cell centred finite volume method

Suppose am solving the heat conduction equation in 1d with Dirichlet boundary conditions. The thermal conductivity $k$ is a non constant function. So $-(k(x)u'(x))' = f(x)$ The value of $k$ enters ...
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### 2nd order centered finite-difference approximation of $u_{xy}$

The problem is to find a 2nd order finite difference approximation of the partial derivative uxy, where u is a function of x and y. Page 5 of this pdf I found does a centered difference approximation ...
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### Which finite-element framework allows the easy implementation of HDG methods?

I have tinkered around with the implementation of hybridizable Discontinuous Galerkin (HDG) methods in DUNE-PDELab and DUNE-FEM for my PhD but since then I have not had the time to work on these codes ...
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### Discretization method for a reaction dominated elliptic PDE

I'm working with an elliptic reaction diffusion PDE of the form $$-k\nabla^2u+cu=0$$ I've noticed that when the reaction term dominates over the diffusion (i.e. $c>>k$), the true (exact) ...
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### discretizing $\frac{d^2}{dx^2}$

I am trying to discretize the differential operator $\frac{d^2}{dx^2}$ acting on $S^1 = [0,1]$ using finitely many points around a circle at $0, \frac{1}{N}, \frac{2}{N}, \dots, \frac{N-1}{N}$. Here ...
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### Spectral Methods in time

I was reading up on Spectral Methods for PDEs. In all the descriptions I read, while the position component is approximated via a Fourier series or other methods, the time component is still ...
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### How far is a non-symmetric discretization of an elliptic operator from the continuous operator itself?

I am investigating the accuracy and stability properties of a non-symmetric discretization of a Poisson problem. The problem originates from a ghost fluid discretization of the projection step of a ...