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On the accuracy of some explicit and implicit methods for the inviscid GRLW equation subject to initial Gaussian conditions

J I Ramos (Escuela de Ingenierias, Universidad de Malaga, Malaga, Spain.)

International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow

ISSN: 0961-5539

Article publication date: 3 May 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to both determine the effects of the nonlinearity on the wave dynamics and assess the temporal and spatial accuracy of five finite difference methods for the solution of the inviscid generalized regularized long-wave (GRLW) equation subject to initial Gaussian conditions.

Design/methodology/approach

Two implicit second- and fourth-order accurate finite difference methods and three Runge-Kutta procedures are introduced. The methods employ a new dependent variable which contains the wave amplitude and its second-order spatial derivative. Numerical experiments are reported for several temporal and spatial step sizes in order to assess their accuracy and the preservation of the first two invariants of the inviscid GRLW equation as functions of the spatial and temporal orders of accuracy, and thus determine the conditions under which grid-independent results are obtained.

Findings

It has been found that the steepening of the wave increase as the nonlinearity exponent is increased and that the accuracy of the fourth-order Runge-Kutta method is comparable to that of a second-order implicit procedure for time steps smaller than 100th, and that only the fourth-order compact method is almost grid-independent if the time step is on the order of 1,000th and more than 5,000 grid points are used, because of the initial steepening of the initial profile, wave breakup and solitary wave propagation.

Originality/value

This is the first study where an accuracy assessment of wave breakup of the inviscid GRLW equation subject to initial Gaussian conditions is reported.

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Acknowledgements

Conflict of interests: the author declares that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

The author was supported by Project FIS2012-38430 from the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad of Spain and FEDER funds.

Citation

Ramos, J.I. (2016), "On the accuracy of some explicit and implicit methods for the inviscid GRLW equation subject to initial Gaussian conditions", International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow, Vol. 26 No. 3/4, pp. 698-721. https://doi.org/10.1108/HFF-07-2015-0288

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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