Edinburgh Research Explorer

On The Numerical Solution of One-Dimensional PDEs Using Adaptive Methods Based on Equidistribution

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-392
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Computational Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2001


Numerical experiments are described that illustrate some important features of the performance of moving mesh methods for solving one-dimensional partial differential equations (PDEs). The particular method considered here is an adaptive finite difference method based on the equidistribution of a monitor function and it is one of the moving mesh methods proposed by W,Huang, Y. Ren, and R. D. Russell (1994, SIAM J. Numer Anal. 31 709). We show how the accuracy of the computations is strongly dependent on the choice of monitor function, and we present a monitor function that yields an optimal rate of convergence. Motivated by efficiency considerations for problems in two or more space dimensions, we demonstrate a robust and efficient algorithm in which the mesh equations are uncoupled from the physical PDE. The accuracy and efficiency of the various formulations of the algorithm are considered and a novel automatic time-step control mechanism is integrated into the scheme. (C) 2001 Academic Press.

    Research areas

  • adaptivity, equidistribution, moving meshes, PARTIAL-DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, FINITE-ELEMENT

ID: 1740284