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Referring to the discretization of partial differential equations using Finite Volume Method.

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What are the conceptual differences between the finite element and finite volume method?

There is an obvious difference between finite difference and the finite volume method (moving from point definition of the equations to integral averages over cells). But I find FEM and FVM to be very ...
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How should boundary conditions be applied when using finite-volume method?

Following from my previous question I am trying to apply boundary conditions to this non-uniform finite volume mesh, I would like to apply a Robin type boundary condition to the l.h.s. of the domain (...
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What are some good data-types for unstructured cell-centered FVM CFD code?

I'm interested in an advice for efficient data structures for cell browsing in unstructured cell-based finite volume CFD. One example that I encountered (in dolfyn cfd code) goes like this (I'll show ...
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What programming language should I choose and why?

I am a mechanical engineer, intermediated/advanced level in MATLAB and MATHEMATICA, and beginner in Python. I intend to get a PhD in aeroelasticity (FEM + CFD) and coding my own program. I intend to ...
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Data structures for finite volume code: Arrays vs Classes

I have to write a finite volume code for Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD). I have written numerical code before but not at this scale. I just wanted to ask which will be a good choice, using a data ...
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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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Applying Dirichlet boundary conditions to the Poisson equation with finite volume method

I would like to know how Dirichlet conditions are normally applied when using the finite volume method on a cell-centered non-uniform grid, My current implementation simply imposes the boundary ...
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Connections between Differential Forms and the second order Finite Volume Method

Reading today about the theory of differential forms, I was left impressed how much it reminded me of second order Finite Volume Method (FVM). I'm struggling to figure out is thinking this way just ...
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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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PDE discretization with the method of rothe and the method of lines (Modular implementation)

The Heat equation is discretized in space with FV (or FEM), and a semi-discrete equation is obtained (system of ODEs). This approach, known as the method of lines, allows to easily switch from one ...
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CFL condition in Discontinuous Galerkin schemes

I have implemented an ADER-Discontinuous Galerkin scheme for the resolution of linear systems of conservation laws of the type of $\partial_t U + A \partial_x U + B \partial_y U=0 $ and observed that ...
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Hybrid spatial schemes for CFD: any downside to blending versus switching?

Aside from extra computational cost due to having to compute both fluxes over a certain region, is there any downside to blend two flux evaluations for a hybrid scheme in a finite volume method? The ...
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Is there a good tutorial or textbook-like source on implementing ENO/WENO with limiters in one (and more than one) dimension?

I've inherited a finite volume code that does a second-order discretization of flux terms for a set of mixed parabolic-elliptic equations with discontinuous diffusion coefficients. The impression I ...
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OpenFoam vs FiPy

I need to learn and utilize a finite volume automated solution package for a project I'm working on and have narrowed it down to these two packages. I was wondering if anybody has experience of both ...
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What can be done with Finite Element Method and not with the Finite Volume Method, and vice versa?

What are some applications where you would absolutely go for either FEM, but not FVM, or vice versa? What are some applications where both methods are equally suited? I worked with the FEM so far and ...
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Are we free to choose the position of ghost cells on a non-uniform finite-volume mesh?

Following Hundsdorfer approach the finite volume discretisation of the advection-diffusion equation (conservative form) on non-uniform cell centered grid can be written as, $$ w_j^{\prime} = \frac{w_{...
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Is it necessary to do characteristic decomposition to solve 2D Euler Equation?

Recently, I am trying to solve 2D Euler Equation using FV-WENO reconstruction. For the smooth initial problem, component-wise WENO reconstruction works well. My problem is, if I want to solve double ...
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Implementation of convection scheme given by normalized variable diagram

In finite difference and finite volume methods, convection schemes (upwind, central, quick, ...) are usually shown in a normalized variable diagram. The diagram gives the normalized face variable as a ...
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Why is the FVM traditionally used in CFD, and FEM in computational structures?

Most CFD codes use FVM. Most computational structures codes use FEM. Why is the FEM not frequently used in CFD, and why is FVM not frequently used in FEM?
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Why is the continuous Galerkin Finite Element Method a poor choice for the inverse problem for the Navier-Lame equation?

I work in a field (elasticity reconstruction) that frequently uses standard Finite Element methods to solve the first order PDE, where we are given u and solve for mu and lambda: $$ (\mu(u_{i,j} + u_{...
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Finite-volume method: can Dirichlet boundary conditions be applied to the integral form?

I would like to apply Dirichlet conditions to the advection-diffusion equation using the finite-volume method. This answer, "How should boundary conditions be applied when using finite-volume method?" ...
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Is there a minimum angle requirement for cells in the finite volume method?

In his talk "What is a good linear finite element?", Shewchuk states that small dihedral angles in linear tetrahedra elements cause ill-conditioning of the stiffness matrix. Do small dihedral angles ...
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Numerical flux and source term in FVM (Burger's like equation)

I'm trying to solve the following equation with FVM $$u_t + f(u)_x = g(u)$$ where $g$ is some smooth function of $u$ and $f(u) = \frac{u^2}{2}$. This is really similar to Burger's equation, except ...
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How to approximate flux (with gradient) when using finite volumes?

In finite volume method one is using cell averages. In nonlinear conservation laws discontinuities can be created in the solution process. How to compute the flux when the flux contains a gradient ...
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How to do upwinding in finite volume schemes for nonlinear equations?

In finite difference theory, you learn, that you have to use upwinding for equations with high convection, like Burgers' equation. What does the finite volume equivalent look like? What if the ...
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Interpolation schemes to move data between cells and nodes

I work on non-graded quadtree grids where the entire grid is a hierarchy of cells specified using a quadtree data structure, where, in general, there is no constraint regarding the relative size of ...
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Does the finite element method impose any restrictions on the Peclet number for numerical stability?

Background on finite volume method When discretising the flux with a central difference stencil of the the advection-diffusion equation restriction $\frac{ah}{d} < 2$ must be observed for the ...
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Solving PDE with spatial and temporal derivatives on left hand side

I wish to solve an equation of the form, $$ \frac{\partial}{\partial t} \left( \frac{\partial \phi}{\partial x} \right) = -\frac{\partial}{\partial x}(\mathcal{F}) $$ for the variable $\phi$ (e.g. ...
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Is is possible to mix finite-volume and finite-difference discretisations when solving a coupled non-linear system?

In my last question I noticed a peculiar error when solving the Poisson equation using finite volume method (FVM), Peculiar error when solving the Poisson equation on a non-uniform mesh (1D only) ...
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A simple function for generating a nonuniform mesh in 1D with fixed minimum spacing

I am solving an advection-diffusion problem where the solution variable is mostly flat apart from a small region near the centre of the domain where there are shape gradients. I would like to generate ...
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Finite Volume Implementation

I am trying to implement a simple finite volume method solver. I had a class on FVM a while back, but am still aware of the principal concepts. But implementing the FVM for non-cartesian or 1D meshes ...
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Approximate $\|\Delta f\|^2_{L^2(\Omega)}$ in finite element context

I have minimization problem of the form $$ G(f) + \|\Delta f\|^2_{L^2(\Omega)} \to \min $$ over all $f\in C^2(\Omega)$, $\Omega$ being closed and bounded. Let us forgot about $G$; I'm interested in ...
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Interface Conductivity for Finite Volume Method Heat Transfer in Cylindrical Coordinates

I'm solving a heat conduction problem in cylindrical coordinates with a composite cylinder made of two different materials. Essentially the cylinder is split into a central cylinder of material A, ...
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Projection method FVM poisson part, adding source term

The idea of the method is to decompose the Navier-Stokes equation into the solenoidal and irrotational parts. $$\frac{\partial u}{\partial t}+u(\nabla \cdot u)=-\frac{1}{\rho}\nabla p+\nabla ^2 u$$ ...
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Flux at coarse-fine mesh grid interface?

I am trying to solve one dimensional inviscid Burger's equation using adaptive mesh refinement. This is the PDE: $$\frac{\delta U}{\delta t} + \frac{\delta F}{\delta x} = 0$$ where the flux F of the ...
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a priori error analysis of cell-centered finite-volume methods

I'm using the cell-centered finite-volume method (for example Morton, Numerical solution of convection-diffusion problems, Chapman&Hall, 1996) to discretize the advection-diffusion equation and ...
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Order of accuracy of FVM discretization

I've recently got interested in CFD and started a small project by solving the radial Reynoldsequation. Why the Reynoldsequation? I recently encountered it through my studies and somehow got stuck :) ...
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Is it generally unstable to use in multidimensional simulations finite difference schemes with higher orders than 2?

I'm part of a team trying to generalize a 1D Advection-Diffussion-Reaction code we inherited by extending it to 2D by using dimensional splitting, i.e. solving advection and diffusion for x and y ...
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Interface Formulation at Finite Volume Boundaries when using the Dual Mesh

When using the dual mesh (vertex-centered) for finite volume methods, you end up with a cell center at the boundaries between materials. It is possible that the equations being solved in each ...
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Finite volume method

I have question connected with finite volume method. Consider equation $$\frac{\partial u}{\partial t}=\operatorname{div}A\nabla u +f . \quad x\in \overline{B}_{1} (0)\subset \mathbb{R}^3 -\text{unit ...
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Without positive definiteness, does an iterative solver work?

Question Does lacking positive definiteness of the matrix of coefficients in a system of equations, make using iterative solvers impractical? Description Using the finite volume method, I have ...
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Developing finite volume (FVM) code in C . General advice

I need to develop a FVM code in C (The multiscale FVM method for heterogeneous media). I know that: Only uniform rectangular grids will be considered (2d now, later 3d) Sparse systems will be large ...
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The meaning of conservative discretization in Galerkin FEM and Discontinuous Galerkin

I do understand the meanning of "conservative discretization" within the FVM/FDM framework, indeed it is well explained in this post. Now, according to the table in this slide (pp.8), it concludes: ...
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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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How can exponential fitting be used with the finite element method?

Restricted to one dimensional problem, is it possible to dynamically adapt the finite element method (FEM) discretisation based on the local value of the Péclet number ($P_e$) for advection-diffusion ...
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Finite Volume Method vs. Finite Element Method for Eulerian and Lagrangian Reference Frames

As far as I can tell, finite volume methods are primarily for eulerian reference frames (such as in fluid dynamics simulations) while finite element methods are easily ameanable to lagrangian ...
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linear stability analysis using spectral radius

I am analysing the stability of a series of 1D linear equations of the form \begin{equation} \frac{d}{dt} x = A x \end{equation} discretised using upwind and central finite volume methods, etc, with ...
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Manufactured solution for pressure based 3d incompressible Navier-Stokes solver with wall boundaries

I already successfully verified my solver (SIMPLE-type FVM-method) with the following manufactured solution (3d Taylor-Green vortex) on the solution domain $[-1,1]^3$ with Dirichlet boundary ...
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Comparison of Lattice Boltzmann Method vs Traditional Navier-Stokes based Methods

I have a choice of two options, analysing and implementing Lattice Boltzmann methods or traditional Navier Stokes based methods. I'm a CFD newbie and I have a rough idea (though not rigorous enough to ...
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transverse component for multidimensional advection in method of lines

So I inherited from some people a code that solves the advection-diffusion-reaction equation for a particular system. The original code was first implemented in 1D which worked fine in cartesian ...

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