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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Computational methods for finding the energy eigenvalues of the time-independent Schrodinger equation with arbitrary potential

I have seen in some papers that the energy levels in some arbitrary potential are specified. How can one find the energy levels in such arbitrary potentials. For example, $V(x)=\sin^2(x/2)$ with $x\in[...
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Conservation of a physical quantity when using Neumann boundary conditions applied to the advection-diffusion equation

I don't understand the different behaviour of the advection-diffusion equation when I apply different boundary conditions. My motivation is the simulation of a real physical quantity (particle density)...
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How to reorder variables to produce a banded matrix of minimum bandwidth?

I'm trying to solve a 2D Poisson equation by finite differences. In the process, I obtain a sparse matrix with only $5$ variables in each equation. For example, if the variables were $U$, then the ...
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Strange oscillation when solving the advection equation by finite-difference with fully closed Neumann boundary conditions (reflection at boundaries)

I am trying to solving the advection equation but have a strange oscillation appearing in the solution when the wave reflects from the boundaries. If anybody has seen this artefact before I would be ...
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Guidelines for choosing manufactured solutions for numerical PDE schemes

When testing a numerical method for a PDE, I know that it's often useful to compare it to a known analytical solution. If none is available, one can always 'manufacture' a solution, substitute it ...
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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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How to discretize the advection equation using the Crank-Nicolson method?

The advection equation needs to be discretized in order to be used for the Crank-Nicolson method. Can someone show me how to do that?
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How to properly apply non-homogeneous Dirichlet boundary conditions with FEM?

In general, Dirichlet boundary conditions won't be satisfied exactly for FEM for non-homogeneous boundary conditions. The FEM codes I've seen set the degrees of freedom to interpolate the Dirichlet ...
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What is a scalable preconditioner for high-frequency Helmholtz?

Standard multigrid and domain decomposition methods do not work, but I have large 3D problems and direct solvers are not an option. What methods should I try? How are my choices affected by the ...
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What heuristics can be used to minimize the asymptotic matrix bandwidth of a 5-point Laplacian discretization?

I can see that there are multiple heuristics to achieve a matrix with minimum bandwidth. As heuristics, they can't guarantee an optimal solution in polynomial time (after all, the problem is NP-...
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What are criteria to choose between finite-differences and finite-elements

I am used to thinking of finite-differences as a special case of finite-elements, on a very constrained grid. So what are the conditions on how to choose between Finite Difference Method (FDM) and ...
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What is the purpose of using integration by parts in deriving a weak form for FEM discretization?

When going from the strong form of a PDE to the FEM form it seems one should always do this by first stating the variational form. To do this you multiply the strong form by an element in some (...
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Software package for constrained optimization?

I am looking to solve a constrained optimization problem where I know the bounds on some of the variables (specifically a boxed constraint). $$ \arg \min_u f(u,x) $$ subject to $$ c(u,x) = 0 $$ $$ ...
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Is there a general-purpose library for structured grid adaptive mesh refinement?

Adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) is a common technique for dealing with the problem of widely varying spatial scales in the numerical solution of PDEs. What general-purpose libraries exist for AMR on ...
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Periodic boundary condition for the heat equation in ]0,1[

Let us consider a smooth initial condition and the heat equation in one dimension : $$ \partial_t u = \partial_{xx} u$$ in the open interval $]0,1[$, and let us assume that we want to solve it ...
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How to incorporate the boundary conditions with the Galerkin method?

I've been reading some resources on the web about Galerkin methods to solve PDEs, but I'm not clear about something. The following is my own account of what I have understood. Consider the following ...
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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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Why is local conservation important when solving PDEs?

Engineers often insist on using locally conservative methods such as finite volume, conservative finite difference, or discontinuous Galerkin methods for solving PDEs. What can go wrong when using a ...
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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 ...
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multigrid method to solve PDE

I need simple explanation of the Multigrid Method or some literature about this. I am familiar with iterational methods including BiCGStab,CG,GS,Jacobi and preconditioning, but I am a beginner with ...
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Books on mathematical foundation of finite element methods

After reading three books about finite element method, with two of them covering also finite volume and grid generation, I found myself lost when I have to discuss these topics with library developers ...
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How to derive the Weak Formulation of a Partial Differential Equation for Finite Element Method?

I have taken a basic introduction to Finite Element Method, which did not emphasize a sophisticated understanding of a 'weak formulation'. I understand that with the galerkin method, we multiply both ...
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Where can I find a good reference for the stability properties of several methods of solving parabolic PDEs?

Right now I have a code that uses the Crank-Nicholson algorithm, but I think that I would like to move to a higher-order algorithm for timestepping. I know that the Crank-Nicholson algorithm is stable ...
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Finite differences on domains with irregular boundaries

Can anybody help me to find the books on numerical solutions(finite difference and Crank–Nicolson methods) of Poisson and diffusion equations including examples on irregular geometry, such as a domain ...
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Understanding the cost of adjoint method for pde-constrained optimization

I'm trying to understand how the adjoint-based optimization method works for a PDE constrained optimization. Particularly, I'm trying to understand why the adjoint method is more efficient for ...
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Visualising Maxwell's equations using MATLAB

I asked this question to help me understand what is going on in one of Maxwell's equations. I am happy with following through the maths on paper now, but would like to use MATLAB to take it one step ...
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PDEs in Many Dimensions

I know that most methods of finding approximate solutions to PDEs scale poorly with the number of dimensions, and that Monte Carlo is used for situations that call for ~100 dimensions. What are good ...
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Is there a multigrid algorithm that solves Neumann problems and has a convergence rate independent of the number of levels?

Multigrid methods usually solve Dirichlet problems on levels (e.g. point Jacobi or Gauss-Seidel). When using continuous finite element methods, it is much less expensive to assemble small Neumann ...
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method of frozen coefficients and its relation to von Neumann stability analysis

I am considering two equations $$u_t=a(x)u_{xx}$$ and $$v_t=b(x)v_x$$ as classical representatives of the parabolic and hyperbolic family of equations. If $a(x)=a$ and $b(x)=b$ were constants, to show ...
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Pde problem with robin boundary condition

I have my pde 2D problem with robin condition (form: du/dn +ku=g) to solve with matlab. i have the exact function u and I want to find the function g in robin condition. How can i do it? thanks for ...
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Newton iteration applied to nonlinear PDE

I'm having difficulty understanding how to apply Newton iteration to nonlinear PDEs and then use a fully implicit scheme to time step. For example, I want to solve Burgers equation $$u_{t} + u u_{x} -...
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PDE - Conservative form, conservative methods and discrete conservation

I cannot find a reference explaining clearly and rigorously the links between the notions of conservative form for a PDE, a conservative numerical method and discrete conservation. I would be very ...
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Method of Manufactured Solutions for non-differentiable coefficients

The Method of manufactured is commonly used for verification of computational science codes. I want to use the method for verification of Navier-Cauchy (elasticity) equations with periodic and Bloch-...
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adjoint method for reaction-diffusion problem

I'm trying to code a parameter estimation for a reaction-diffusion problem. Namely, knowing the distribution of tumor density $u$ at time $0$ and $T_f$ ($u^0$ and $u^f$), what are the best ...
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Finite Elements Weak Formulation generalization

I am struggling with an equation that represents the Weak form of Galerkin method: $ \phi^{T}F(\textbf{u})\sim \int_{\Omega}^{ } \phi.f_{0}(\mathit{u},\nabla \mathit{u}) + \nabla\phi:f_{1}(\mathit{u},...
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Implementation of gradient zero boundary conditon in advection-diffusion equation

My question is about Finite Element Method. I want to know how to implement "gradient zero" conditions to advection-diffusion equations in conservative form like, $\frac{\partial \rho}{\partial t} + ...
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Imposing boundary conditions for PDE quadratic eigenvalue problem

I have a quadratic eigenvalue problem of the form: $$(A_2 s^2 + A_1 s + A_0)\hat{v} = 0$$ where $s$ is the eigenvalue. The matrices $A_i$ contain derivatives up to order six, and I have six boundary ...
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Finite differences and Neumann boundary conditions

I am dealing with a highly nonlinear system of two PDEs. I already have a code to solve the system in case of Dirichlet boundary conditions. The explicit system is: $$ \begin{eqnarray*} \partial_{t}u ...
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2d Euler manufactured solutions

Where can I find manufactured solutions for the 2d Euler equations, with the complete analytical terms, including the Jacobian of the source term ?
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Crank-Nicolson algorithm for coupled PDEs

Assumed I have the following two coupled equations $$\begin{split} \partial_tA&=a_0AB\\ \partial_tB&=b_0AB \end{split} $$ but I am not sure how to calculate them. One approach is a crank-...
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Strong vs. weak solutions of PDEs

The strong form of a PDE requires that the unknown solution belongs in $H^2$. But the weak form requires only that the unknown solution belongs in $H^1$. How do you reconcile this?
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What is the advantage of multigrid over domain decomposition preconditioners, and vice versa?

This is mostly aimed for elliptic PDEs over convex domains, so that I can get a good overview of the two methods.
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Understanding the Courant–Friedrichs–Lewy condition

I understand these equations in particular can be solved easily without use of computational methods. Although right now I am concerned with trying to solve these equations using numerical integration ...
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When should implicit methods be used in the integration of hyperbolic PDEs?

Numerical methods for solving PDEs (or ODEs) fall into two broad categories: explicit and implicit methods. Implicit methods allow larger stable timesteps but require more work per step. For ...
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Is there a good, easy-to-use, high quality open source CFD solver out there?

My thesis is on developing numerical methods for model reduction in combustion. I run my methods purely on the chemistry part of combustion simulations, and I have plenty of case studies for 0-D ...
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PDE solvers for Drift-diffusion and related models

I'm trying to simulate basic semiconductor models for pedagogical purposes--starting from the Drift-diffusion model. Although I don't want to use an off-the-shelf semiconductor simulator--I'll be ...
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Examples of PDE computations using parallelism in both space and time

In the numerical solution of initial boundary value PDEs, it is very common to employ parallelism in space. It is much less common to employ some form of parallelism in the time discretization, and ...
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Boundary conditions for the advection equation discretized by a finite difference method

I am trying to find some resources to help explain how to choose boundary conditions when using finite difference methods to solve PDEs. The books and notes which I currently have access to all say ...
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$L^2$-convergence of finite element method when right hand side is only in $H^{-1}$ (Poisson eqn)

I know that the piecewise linear finite element approximation $u_h$ of $$ \Delta u(x)=f(x)\quad\text{in }U\\ u(x)=0\quad\text{on }\partial U $$ satisfies $$ \|u-u_h\|_{H^1_0(U)}\leq Ch\|f\|_{L^2(U)} $...
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Raviart-Thomas elements on reference square

I'd like to learn how the Raviart-Thomas (RT) element works. To that end I'd like to analytically describe how the basis functions look on the reference square. The goal here is not to implement it ...