- Davis, S. F.
- Apr 1, 1985.
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- Recent developments which have improved the understanding of how finite difference methods resolve discontinuous solutions to hyperbolic partial differential equations are discussed. As a result of this understanding improved shock capturing methods are currently being developed and tested. Some of these methods are described and numerical results are presented showing their performance on problems containing shocks in one and two dimensions. A conservative difference scheme is defined. Conservation implies that, except in very special circumstances, shocks must be spread over at least two grid intervals. These two interval shocks are actually attained in one dimension if the shock is steady and an upwind scheme is used. By analyzing this case, the reason for this excellent shock resolution can be determined. This result is used to provide a mechanism for improving the resolution of two dimensional steady shocks. Unfortunately, this same analysis shows that these results cannot be extended to shocks which move relative to the computing grid. Total variation diminishing (TVD) finite difference schemes and flux limiters are introduced to deal with money shocks and contact discontinuities.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19850021315., Accession ID: 85N29627., ICASE-85-25., NASA-CR-172592., and NAS 1.26:172592.
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