Computer aided analysis of 1-D compressible flow problems in a Lagrangian particle description using the α method


Journal Article

The α method is a simple finite difference method for analyzing one-dimensional compressible flow problems in the Lagrangian particle description which is easy to code for a variety of applications in science and engineering. The method employs a weighted average of Euler and Lax time differencing to construct a conservative finite difference algorithm which performs well on a variety of problems with an error which is of order (Δt, Δa). The weighed time difference is shown to be equivalent to adding a diffusion term whose coefficient is proportional to the value of (1 - α). Selecting values of α in the range 0 ≤ α ≤ 1 noticeably improves the results as compared with Lax differencing while retaining the ease of coding for which the Lax method is known. The α method is shown to be extremely robust by solving a number of problems involving the application of several different boundary conditions. © 1990.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Katz, IM; Shaughnessy, EJ

Published Date

  • January 1, 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 75 - 101

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0045-7930

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0045-7930(90)90004-H

Citation Source

  • Scopus