# Questions tagged [pde]

Partial differential equations (PDEs) are equations that relate the partial derivatives of a function of more than one variable. This tag is intended for questions on modeling phenomena with PDEs, solving PDEs, and other related aspects.

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### Why does GMRES converge much slower for large Dirichlet boundary conditions?

I'm trying to numerically solve a simple Laplace equation in 2D, with a nonlinear source term: $\nabla^2 u = u^2$ with boundary conditions as $u=0$ everywhere except for $y=1$ where $u=u_0$. I'm ...
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### How to perform local sensitivity analysis for partial differential equations

I am looking for a way to do local sensitivity analysis for PDEs, preferably in Python. I get the impression that discretizing the equation then treating it as an ODE could work; however, would that ...
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### Inverse advection-diffusion problem, solving for a drift coefficient with experimental data?

I am investigating a physical process where I believe the 1-D advection-diffusion equation: \begin{equation} \frac{\partial u}{\partial t} = -\frac{\partial}{\partial x}[\mu(x,t) u(x,t)] + \frac{\...
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### Numerically Approximating the Jacobian and Comparing the Eigenvalues With Analytical Form

I am trying to study the stability of numerical discretization schemes using the Jacobian matrix of the residues with respect to the vector of conserved variables. For a simple diffusion equation ...
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### Name of third-party Matlab packages for solving PDEs

I am interested in working with systems of PDEs in two spatial dimensions, as part of a mathematical modeling project. The systems of PDEs are coupled, and there is no convenient reduction to 1 ...
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### How to use MeshFunction in FEniCS (dolfin)?

I'm a beginner user of FEniCS and still struggling with some of the basics. Specifically, I have some issues doing the tutorials in the Langtangen-Logg book Solving PDEs in Python - The FEniCS ...
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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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### Proper boundary conditions for potential flow around cylinder

I am computing the stationary, incompressible, inviscid and irrotational flow around a circular cylinder using a discretization in general coordinates. I derived a PDE and proper boundary conditions ...
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### Elliptic PDE finite volume method with Dirichlet boundary condition

I want to discretize the following equation using a Finite Volume Method $$\nabla \cdot (a(x)\nabla u)=f(x)\\x\in \Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^2 \\u_{|\partial\Omega}=g$$ I'm using Voronoi cells here: ...
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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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### Why is Newton's method not converging?

I am using PETSc's nonlinear solver package SNES to solve a system of nonlinear equations obtained by discretizing a partial differential equation. How can I determine why the solver is not converging ...
I want to discretize the following parabolic PDE: $$u_t = \nabla\cdot(\alpha(x)\nabla u)- \beta u\\ x\in\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^2\\ \partial_n u = 0\\ u(t,0) = u_0(x)\ge 0, \alpha(x)>0$$ Given ...