A two-dimensional adaptive pseudo-spectral method

A. Bayliss*, R. Kuske, B. J. Matkowsky

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We develop a two-dimensional adaptive pseudo-spectral procedure which is capable of improving the approximation of functions which are rapidly varying in two dimensions. The method is based on introducing two-dimensional coordinate transformations chosen to minimize certain functionals of the solution to be approximated. The method is illustrated by numerical computation of the solutions to a system of reaction diffusion equations modeling the gasless combustion of a solid fuel. Spatio-temporal patterns are computed as a parameter μ, related to the activation energy, is increased above a critical value μc. The spatial patterns are characterized by a very rapid variation in the direction of the axis of the cylinder, together with a standing wave pattern in the direction of the azimuthal angle ψ For small values of μ - μc the solutions exhibit a nearly sinusoidal dependence in both time and ψ As μ is increased further relaxation oscillations in both time and ψ occur. Beyond a critical value of μ stable time-periodic solutions are no longer found and the solution exhibits a quasi-periodic time dependence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-196
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Computational Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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