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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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Damped Harmonic Oscillation. Efficient algorithm to find the parameters resulting in threshold oscillation amplitude

Let's assume, that we have damped harmonic oscillation of a body in the form of a cone, immersed in a liquid. Equilibrium condition of the body is: $$m\overrightarrow{a} = \overrightarrow{F_\text{...
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Assembling sparse matrix in PETSC for Poisson equation

I am a novice at PETSC, and I have been trying to write an FVM code for steady heat conduction in 2D using PETSC (square, regular grid, Dirichlet boundaries) Since the large matrix , say A, will be ...
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Solving nonlinear PDE with finite difference based on Newton-Krylov

I am now working on solving MHD equations with finite difference method, which include nonlinear equations: $$ \frac{\partial\rho}{\partial t}+\nabla\cdot\left[\left(\rho_0+\rho\right){v}\right]-\...
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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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Heat Equation: Analytic form and numeric form

I am writing a program to compare analytic and numerical solutions for some points. How can I write the numerical form to compare using the cited algorithm? This is the analytical form I did. $$\frac{...
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What method of Finite difference is this?

I am reviewing Numerical Recipes method on solving ODEs via relaxation (Chapter 18.3 in the 3rd edition) and they chose a finite difference method I am unfamiliar with (Equation 18.3.2): \begin{...
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Interpolating the gradient of a cylindrically symmetric potential field that's 'supposed to' obey the Laplace equation?

The script below tries to implement a Jacobi iterative relaxation of a potential field for an electrostatic lens. It's hot-off-the-press and I've just started to debug and look for things to test it ...
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Dealing with spurious oscillations in particle tracking methods

I work on modelling high intensity discharge xenon-filled lamps. The model governing the discharge is quite complex and sadly includes fluid dynamics. After some time, I managed to implement a finite-...
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Finite difference methods

I am currently applying the finite difference method to the solution of the diffusion equation. I think that a problem has occurred, and is as follows, my explicit method is the most accurate when ...
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Singular matrix for 2D Stokes flow in finite differences

I have a problem by solving stokes flow in 2D by finite differences. I am using a marker and cell method, my scheme is ...
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Second derivative using Fornberg finite difference method

I have some discrete data, non-equispaced in x, y=f(x). I want to use a numerical finite difference method to calculate the second derivatives of y, at some point. I am using the Fornberg method, ...
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Neumann boundary conditions on arbitrary surface for finite difference diffusion

I am facing the following problem, formulated in practical terms: I have a region $\Omega$ in two or three dimensions, represented as a binary mask, and an initial density $u_0$ within that region ...
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How to determine the order of convergence of the Euler-Maruyama method?

This question is originally posted in Quant.StackExchange but has been unanswered for some time so I ask in here. To make this simple let us consider the Geometric Brownian Motions (GBM). My ...
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Finite difference for a highly nonlinear equation - The wind within the forest

Based on the Navier-Stokes equations and a few parameterizations, the horizontal steady-state wind $u(z)$ within a forest of height H satisfies: $$ a\left(\frac{du}{dz}\right)^2 + b\frac{du}{dz} \...
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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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Stability of Crank-Nicolson for $u_t = iu_{xx}+2iu$

I want to use the Crank-Nicolson scheme to solve the equation $$u_t = iu_{xx}+2iu$$ Here's the analysis: Suppose we make a grid, with $k = dt$ and $h = dx$, the usual notation, and also $u_j^n = u(...
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Numerical Stability of a Generalized Spatial Discretization Scheme

After reading the matrix stability chapter (10) of Hirsch [1], I decided to dive in the reference list of the chapter. One of the papers [2], which is cited as reference shows an very interesting ...
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Computationally obtaining the convergence rate of upwind scheme for Advection equation

The Advection equation (with velocity = 1) is $${\partial u \over \partial x} + {\partial u \over \partial t} = 0$$ I am trying to solve the equation with periodic BC. One of the ways to numerically ...
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CFL equation for non-linear equation

I am trying to solve numerically (obviously) inviscid Burgers' equation with the finite difference method. The equation is the following: $$ \displaystyle \partial_t u + u \, \partial_x u = 0 $$ ...
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Numerical methods for the continuity equation with Sobolev vector field

Consider the continuity equation $$ \partial_t \rho(x,t) + \operatorname{div} (b(x,t) \rho(x,t)) = 0, \qquad t \in [0,T], \quad x \in \mathbb R^N, $$ with $b \in L^1((0,T), W^{1,p}(\mathbb R^N))$. ...
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Numerical derivative and finite difference coefficients: any update of the Fornberg method?

When one want to compute numerical derivatives, the method presented by Bengt Fornberg here (and reported here) is very convenient (both precise and simple to implement). As the original paper date ...
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How to deal with curved boundary condition when using finite difference method?

I'm trying to learn about numerically solving PDE by myself. I've been beginning with finite difference method(FDM) for some time because I heard that FDM is the fundament of numerous numerical ...
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Boundary conditions for a Non-linear Schrödinger equation using an extended crank nicolson scheme

I try to solve numerically the following PDE for $E(r, z)$ with a cylindrical symmetrie (i. e. $E(r, z) = E(-r, z)$). $\frac{\partial E}{\partial z} = \frac{i}{2k} \Delta E + \mathcal{N}(E)$ Where $...
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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 non-typical values of $\theta$ in theta-methods

The theta-method is a popular solution for solving time-transient PDEs (or ODEs), which consists of solving the general equation for each time step: $$ \frac{u^{n+1} - u^{n}}{\Delta t} + (\theta f(u^{...
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Suitable finite difference method for a convection-diffusion system?

I am trying to solve a system of PDEs $H_{t} = \frac{0.3}{0.7} - \frac{0.005 B f(h(H))}{\theta} - \frac{0.3 f(h(H))}{0.7} + \frac{500}{0.7} (HH_x)_x + (HH_y)_y$ $N_t = \frac{N_{in} - 0.002 [N] B f(h(...
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High-accuracy numerical differentiation

I have a $200 \times 200$ matrix representing the values taken by a function over an equally spaced grid. I would like to perform derivatives on it. I am interested in its gradient (i.e. its ...
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Error for the finite differences scheme — Advection equation

Consider the advection equation (1D in space) $$ \frac{\partial u}{\partial t} + V\, \frac{\partial u}{\partial x}=0 $$ and we solve it numerically on $[0,1]\times [0,1]\ni (t,x)$ using a forward ...
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Approximation Error in a Finite Difference Approximation of the Square of Derivative

First Part: (First-order derivative) Assuming $f$ is an infinitely differential function everywhere, the Taylor series of $f(x + h)$ at $x$ is \begin{align}\tag{1} f(x + h) = f(x) + hf'(x) + \frac{1}...
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Non-hermitian discretizations in quantum mechanics

Consider the Schroedinger equation $$\left(-\frac12\frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2} + V(x) \right) \psi(x) = E \psi(x)$$ The usual way to solve it is to introduce a discretization of $\psi(x)$. This ...
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Oscillations when solving parabolic heat equation with FTCS

I'm wondering if someone could help me out, or point me in a direction of how I can understand the following oscillations that occur when I solve the Porous Medium Equation $$u_t = u_{xx}^{m+1}$$ ...
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Numerical solution to N-dimensional diffusion on simplex?

Assume I have a system of at least (but generally only) $N+1$ points in an $N$-dimensional space ($N > 3$ is possible). At each of these points $x_i, i=1,...,N+1$ I know an initial potential/...
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Non-linear Boundary Value Problem. How to compute the Jacobian?

Consider a Boundary Value Problem: $$ \delta u''+u(u'-1) =0 \Leftrightarrow u''=\frac{-u(u'-1)}{\delta}=:f(t,u',u), \\ u(0)=a, u(1)=b $$ $\delta,a,b$ are known parameters. I want to implement Newton'...
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Actual global error vs theoretical global error: How to combine theory with practice

I have implemented an Adams Bashforth 4 method to solve an Initial Value Problem for an ODE and I am testing it against the test equation: $y'=\lambda y$ with $y(0)=1$ with the exact solution: $y(t)=...
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Boundary Conditions involving exponential functions of nodal unknowns

I am fairly new to Computational Engineering and I have mainly been exposed to using the Finite Difference Method to produce Linear Systems and solve them using Iterative Methods. I am trying to ...
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Discretization Neumann boundary condition

I'm currently working with the following Poisson equation with mixed boundary conditions, including a Neumann boundary condition. $$\Delta u = f\\ u(x,0) = g_1(x), 0<x<1\\u(0,y) = g_2(y), 0<...
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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 ...
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Unusual boundary conditions on Matlab

I'm trying to solve the following PDE by Matlab, $$ u_t-\Delta u = 0, \quad \text{in}\quad \Omega\times (0,T) \tag{1} $$ $$ u_t-\Delta_\Gamma u + \partial_\nu u=0,\quad \text{on}\quad \Gamma\times(0,...
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Finite difference for mixed derivatives on nonuniform grid

I need to have a finite difference stencil for the mixed derivative $$f_{xy}$$ on nonuniform grids such as this one: Since I could not find a stencil in the literature, I tried to derive it by my ...
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WENO5 scheme in a staggered grid

I'm trying to use the finite-difference WENO scheme to solve the 2D density conservation law with axial symmetry (coordinates $r,z$): $\frac{\partial \rho}{\partial t}+\nabla \cdot (\rho \vec{v}) = \...
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Can I take advantage of a nearly banded A in AX=b?

I am working on a 1D drift-driffusion problem in a finite-difference (FD) approach. I hade 3 equations per node ($3N$ in total): electron continuity $E_i$, Poisson $P_i$, hole continuity $H_i$. With ...