# Questions tagged [finite-difference]

Referring to the discretization of derivatives by Finite differences, and its applications to numerical solutions of partial differential equations.

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### Comparison between FEM and FDM methods for flow simulations

What are the main differences between finite element and finite difference approach for incompressible flow simulations? I have a vague idea about how FE methods rely on minimizing the residual over ...
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### Can I model laminar incompressible fluid flow and heat transfer in MATLAB's PDE toolbox?

I have a system of PDEs in cylindrical coordinates that needs to be solved: 1. Continuity equation 2. Incompressible Navier stokes ( in r & z coordinates) 3. Heat transfer equation with both ...
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### Dirichlet boundary conditions in the 1D Heat Equation

Please consider the assignment I have uploaded on the picture. I am confused about the functions $g_L(t)$, $g_R(t)$ and $\eta(x)$. What are they and how do I find them... My question: Is it possbile ...
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### Good C, C++ library for efficient grid search / tuples, ideally with bindings to Eigen

I have a $q$-dimensional grid, known at run, not compile-time, that has $50$ points in each direction and hence $50^3$ combinations that I would like to first build and then call a function with each ...
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### Numerically solving a non-linear PDE

I have this non-linear partial differential equation. $$\frac{\partial C}{\partial t}=\left(\frac{\partial C}{\partial x}\right)^2+C\frac{\partial^2 C}{\partial x^2}$$ I want to use the finite ...
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### Double mach reflection at a inclined wedge

I am running into a strange problem when solving the 2D compressible Euler equations on a inclined wedge. To elaborate, my top boundary condition seems to emitting some type of instability. I have ...
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### How to make a less diffusive code to solve 2D advection equation?

I would like to solve the following differential equation numerically in 2D, $$\frac{\partial z^-}{\partial t}+(\vec{B}\cdot\vec{\nabla})z^-=0,$$ see Wikipedia if you are curious about what the ...
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### How can I derive a bound on the spurious oscillations in the numerical solution of the 1D advection equation?

Suppose I had the following periodic 1D advection problem: $\frac{\partial u}{\partial t} + c\frac{\partial u}{\partial x} = 0$ in $\Omega=[0,1]$ $u(0,t)=u(1,t)$ $u(x,0)=g(x)$ where $g(x)$ has a ...
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### How to obtain linear tridiagonal system from PDE

I'm trying to re-solve the governing equations in hydraulic fracturing modeling as instructed step by step in a paper. After (A-9), the author stated that by substituting A-6, A-8 and A-9 into ...
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### Finite Difference Method Limitations/Stability Criteria

Is it possible to solve an equation with only a single derivative such as: $$\frac{\partial U(x,t)}{\partial t} = A - BU(x,t)$$ with finite difference methods? I ask as I am trying to solve the ...
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### Use of machine learning in computational fluid dynamics

Background: I have only built one working numeric solution to 2d Navier-Stokes, for a course. It was a solution for lid-driven cavity flow. The course, however, discussed a number of schemas for ...
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### How does a stiff equation solver work?

I am trying to understand how stiff differential equations are solved. For instance the equation, $$\frac{\partial y}{\partial t} = \alpha\frac{\partial ^2 y}{\partial z^2}$$ can be solved using ...
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### Numerical integration of Fokker-Planck equation allowing for negative drift?

The Fokker-Planck equation (a.k.a Kolmogorov forward equation or Smoluchowski equation) describes the evolution of a probability density function and numerical integration of the FPE should conserve ...