A broad class of conservative numerical methods for dispersive wave equations

Hendrik Ranocha, Dimitrios Mitsotakis, David I. Ketcheson

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We develop a general framework for designing conservative numerical methods based on summation by parts operators and split forms in space, combined with relaxation Runge-Kutta methods in time. We apply this framework to create new classes of fully-discrete conservative methods for several nonlinear dispersive wave equations: Benjamin-Bona-Mahony (BBM), Fornberg-Whitham, Camassa-Holm, Degasperis-Procesi, Holm-Hone, and the BBM-BBM system. These full discretizations conserve all linear invariants and one nonlinear invariant for each system. The spatial semidiscretizations include finite difference, spectral collocation, and both discontinuous and continuous finite element methods. The time discretization is essentially explicit, using relaxation Runge-Kutta methods. We implement some specific schemes from among the derived classes, and demonstrate their favorable properties through numerical tests.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)979-1029
Number of pages51
JournalCommunications in Computational Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 25 2021

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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