Preprint 1997-031

A Dimensional Splitting Method for Nonlinear Equations with Variable Coefficients

Knut-Andreas Lie

Abstract: A numerical method is presented for the variable coefficient, nonlinear advection equation $u_t + \sum_{i=1}^d V_i(x,t) f_i(u)_{x_i} = 0$ in arbitrary space dimension for bounded velocities that are Lipschitz continuous in the $x$ variable. The method is based on dimensional splitting and uses a recent front tracking method to solve the resulting one-dimensional non-conservative equations. The method is unconditionally stable, and it produces a subsequence that converges to the entropy solution as the discretization of time and space tends to zero. Three numerical examples are presented.

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A dimensional splitting method for nonlinear equations with variable coefficients
Knut-Andreas Lie, <>
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Preprint. Mathematics No 17/1997. NTNU.
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