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This is a follow up to my previous post here,

I'm solving for convection in 1D

$$\frac{\partial C}{\partial t} = - v\frac{\partial C}{\partial x}$$

The discretization of the above equation is presented using a backward difference formula, $$\frac{d C}{dt} = -v \frac{C_{i} - C_{i-1}}{\Delta x}$$

The boundary condition is imposed at the left end of the domain (i.e inlet)

$$\frac{d C}{dt}_{i=1} = -v \frac{C_{i} - C_{0}}{\Delta x}$$

and $C_0$ is specified for observing the transient change in C over a time span [0 tend].

Similar to the exponential kinetics

$C(t) = C_{\infty} (1-\exp(-\frac{t}{\tau}))$

presented for describing mass transport with diffusion mechanism, I'd to know if a similar expression can be derived for describing convection.

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    $\begingroup$ The exact solution is simply translation of the initial data to the right at speed $v$. So yes, you can easily determine exactly how long it will take a signal to reach any given point. $\endgroup$ – David Ketcheson Feb 17 at 5:36
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    $\begingroup$ @DavidKetcheson In fact, any given function in the form of $C(x,t) = f(x-vt)$ satisfies that equation. Still, you are confused cause you are trying to evaluate your governing equation at the inlet node, which is not correct. $\endgroup$ – Alone Programmer Feb 17 at 13:42
  • $\begingroup$ @AloneProgrammer I'd to know if an expression similar to exponential kinetics can be derived for describing convection $\endgroup$ – Natasha Feb 26 at 17:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Natasha The answer is no, unless you provide more information. $\endgroup$ – Alone Programmer Mar 4 at 14:44
  • $\begingroup$ @AloneProgrammer Thanks a lot for the response. By more information do you mean boundary conditions? It's Dirichlet at the inlet. Please let me know if you are looking for other information. $\endgroup$ – Natasha Mar 5 at 1:27

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