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

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Dirichlet BCs - alternative implementation methods

I am having problems with solving a hyperbolic wave problem with Dirichlet BCs. I have tried reducing the time step sizes, which does not affect the results, and notices increasing the number of nodes ...
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upwind schemes for solving inviscid euler equations

I'm new to the modelling of inviscid euler equations. I have come across few different upwind schemes that are used instead of central differencing schemes to model such flows, such as flux vector ...
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should boundary conditions be effecting moving mesh results?

I have a question on the use of moving mesh to solve the inviscid euler equations. I have solved the following equations: $$\frac{\partial}{\partial t}\left[\begin{array}{c} \rho\\ \rho u \end{array}\...
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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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How to compute this double integral?

Let $$T=1, K=100, S_0=100, \sigma=0.05, r=0.15. $$ Define $\nu:=\frac{2r}{\sigma^2}-1$ and $$H(y,z)=\frac{z e^{\pi^2 /4y}}{\pi \sqrt{\pi y}}\int_0^{\infty} e^{-z \cosh(u) -u^2/(4y)} \sinh(u) \sin(...
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Finite difference scheme for solving nonlinear least-squares problem

I am dealing with following problem: $$ \min_{u,\gamma}\Bigg\{ \frac{1}{1000} \iint_{S_2} {\gamma (x,y)^2 dxdy} + \iint_{S_2} {[u(x,y) - u_0 (x,y)]^2 dxdy} + \iint_{S_2} {[\Delta u(x,y) - \gamma (...
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Finite difference for nonlinear system of equation

\begin{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'}) \end{equation} \begin{...
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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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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{equation} \begin{aligned} \frac{\partial \rho_{11\mathbf{k}}}{\partial t} =& +\frac{i}{\...
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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 the ...
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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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Finite difference discretization on a circle

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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When is discrete Fourier transform a good approximation to the continuous one?

I am looking for help in understanding the use of discrete Fourier transform as an approximation to continuous Fourier transforms. As an exercise, I considered a Gaussian $$f(x) = \exp\left(-2x^2\...
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Peculiar error when solving the Poisson equation on a non-uniform mesh (1D only) finite volume method

I have been trying to debug this error the last few days I wondered if anybody has advice on how to proceed. I am solving the Poisson equation for a step charge distribution (a common problem in ...
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Pseudo-inverse of a discretized operator with a null space?

Is there a way to understand what happens when a singular operator is discretized and inverted using the pseudoinverse (say using the SVD Moore-Penrose pseudoinverse)? For example, if we discretize ...
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Should the Jacobian of a system of PDEs be calculated from the main equations of the discretised equation?

I am solving a coupled system of non-linear PDEs in 1D. Something like, $$ u_t = F_1(u,v,w) \\ v_t = F_2(u,v,w) \\ w_t = F_3(u,v,w) $$ where each variable is a function of $x$ (the spatial dimension)...
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Time stepping in comsol multiphysics

I would like to know which is the algorithm Comsol uses in order to correct the time step it uses. For example, when you try to solve an equation you've written in the PDE coefficient interface, and ...
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Implementing an adaptive discretisation (upwind/central hybrid) for the advection-diffusion equation on a non-uniform mesh

I am following the approach of Hundsdorfer from Numerical solution of time-dependent advection-diffusion-reaction equations in which they introduce adaptive upwinding. The method can adapt from pure ...
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How should non-constant coefficients be treated with finite-volume first order upwind scheme?

Starting with the advection equation in conservation form. $$ u_t = (a(x)u)_x $$ where $a(x)$ is a velocity which depend on space, and $u$ is a concentration of a species which is conserved. ...
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Improving the time integration of implicit discretized PDE with a non-linear source term

This might be a naive question, but when applying a implicit discretization to a PDE with a source term, should the source be averaged in time? For example if we take the diffusion equation with a non-...
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Boundary value method for equation $u_{tt} = u_{xxx}$

I have this funny equation $$ \frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial t^2} = \frac{\partial^3 u}{\partial x^3}, \qquad x \in [0,1], \qquad t \in (0,T] $$ with initial conditions $u(x,0) = \sin(2\pi x)$, $\frac{...
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Explicit 4th order space wave equation not stable implementation?

The explicit 4th order discretization for the 2D scalar wave equation is given by: \begin{eqnarray} U_{jk}^{n+1} = \left( \frac{\Delta t V_{jk} }{\Delta s} \right) ^2 \left( \sum_{a=-N}^N w_a U_{...
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Oscillations in singularly perturbed reaction-diffusion problems with finite elements

When FEM-discretizing and solving a reaction-diffusion problem, e.g., $$ - \varepsilon \Delta u + u = 1 \text{ on } \Omega\\ u = 0 \text{ on } \partial\Omega $$ with $0 < \varepsilon \ll 1$ (...
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Von Newman stability analysis for 2D acoustic wave equation explicit

Von Newman stability analysis for acoustic wave equation explicit centered differences: 2nd order time and space (N 2)'th order: \begin{eqnarray} U_{jk}^{n+1} = \left( \frac{\Delta t V_{jk} }{\...
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Discrete 3D convolution of matrix valued functions

As stated in the title, I need to make a discrete 3D convolution of two matrix-valued functions. Or, actually, I need to convolve a matrix-valued function with a vector-valued function. That is, I ...
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Flux calculation - discretization of solid angle

I am currently tasked with calculating the total flux of photons or irradiance from a flat emitter ('pixel'). Previously we measured the Luminance head-on (90 degree from the emitting surface) and ...
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How can I quantify the error of FFT-based poisson solvers?

I have an FFT code that solves a particular case of the steady Euler equations where a Poisson equation is solved, what is a good way to quantify the error? Is what I am doing ok? Since I do not have ...
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Von Neumann Stability Analysis

I came across the following task recently: Use the von-Neumann stability analysis to investigate the stability of the discrete form of $\frac{\partial c}{\partial x} = \frac{\partial^2 c}{\partial ...
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Mehrstellenverfahren for Poisson?

I found this method in this book for solving the Poisson equation with error converging with $\mathcal{O}(h^4)$. However, when I try to implement it for the 1D equation $-u''(x)=f(x)$, it only ...
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Clarification on interpolation equalities given by Briggs

Briggs, "A Multigrid Tutorial" (pg. 35) has the following expressed as 2-D interpolation: \begin{align*} v^h_{2i,2j} &= v_{i,j}^{2h}\\ v^h_{2i+1,2j} &= 0.5\cdot(v_{i,j}^{2h} + v_{i+1,j}^{2h})\\...
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Is Crank-Nicolson a stable discretization scheme for Reaction-Diffusion-Advection (convection) equation?

I am not very familiar with the common discretization schemes for PDEs. I know that Crank-Nicolson is popular scheme for discretizing the diffusion equation. Is also a good choice for the advection ...
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What are Implications of Commutative Diagrams?

This question may be too broad. But I really want to know some concrete explanations. I often find various commutations appear here and there, which concerns the application order of two operators. ...
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Lax equivalence theorem for integro-differential equation

Can the Lax equivalence theorem (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lax_equivalence_theorem) be applied to the discretization of integro-differential equations, or does a similar theorem exist for them?
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How to apply a Galerkin finite element method to a linear, one-dimensional boundary value problem

I have the following boundary value problem: $$-(\alpha u')' + \gamma u = f $$ in $\Omega = (a,b)$ with b.c. $u(a) = u(b) = 0$ and $\alpha > 0, \gamma ≥ 0$ and $f:(a,b) \to \Re $ The weak ...
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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 ...