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Problems with heterogeneous and non-isotropic media or distorted grids

Description: This paper defines discretizations of the divergence and flux operators that produce symmetric, positive-definite, and accurate approximations to steady-state diffusion problems. Because discontinuous material properties and highly distorted grids are allowed, the flux operator, rather than the gradient, is used as a fundamental operator to be discretized. Resulting finite-difference scheme is similar to those obtained from the mixed finite-element method.
Date: August 1, 1996
Creator: Hyman, J.; Shashkov, M. & Steinberg, S.
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Mimetic discretizations for Maxwell equations and the equations of magnetic diffusion

Description: The authors construct reliable finite difference methods for approximating the solutions Maxwell`s equations and equations of magnetic field diffusion using discrete analogs of differential operators that satisfy the identities and theorems of vector and tensor calculus in discrete form. These methods mimic many fundamental properties of the underlying physical problem including the conservation laws, the symmetries in the solution, the nondivergence of particular vector fields and they do not have spurious modes. The constructed method can be applied in case of strongly discontinuous properties of the media for nonorthogonal and nonsmooth computational grids.
Date: March 1, 1998
Creator: Hyman, J.M. & Shashkov, M.
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Mimetic difference approximations of partial differential equations

Description: Goal was to construct local high-order difference approximations of differential operators on nonuniform grids that mimic the symmetry properties of the continuum differential operators. Partial differential equations solved with these mimetic difference approximations automatically satisfy discrete versions of conservation laws and analogies to Stoke`s theorem that are true in the continuum and therefore more likely to produce physically faithful results. These symmetries are easily preserved by local discrete high-order approximations on uniform grids, but are difficult to retain in high-order approximations on nonuniform grids. We also desire local approximations and use only function values at nearby points in the computational grid; these methods are especially efficient on computers with distributed memory. We have derived new mimetic fourth-order local finite-difference discretizations of the divergence, gradient, and Laplacian on nonuniform grids. The discrete divergence is the negative of the adjoint of the discrete gradient, and, consequently, the Laplacian is a symmetric negative operator. The new methods derived are local, accurate, reliable, and efficient difference methods that mimic symmetry, conservation, stability, the duality relations and the identities between the gradient, curl, and divergence operators on nonuniform grids. These methods are especially powerful on coarse nonuniform grids and in calculations where the mesh moves to track interfaces or shocks.
Date: August 1, 1997
Creator: Hyman, J.M.; Shashkov, M.; Staley, M.; Kerr, S.; Steinberg, S. & Castillo, J.
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