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# Topic 9: Partial Differential Equations

An equation involving partial derivatives of an unknown function of two or more independent variables is called a partial differential equation PDE. An example of a PDE is
x 2u x 2u  2 xy 2  u ! 1 2 xx xy

The general form of a linear second order PDE is written as: x 2u x 2u x 2u A 2 B C 2  D ! 0 xx xxxy xy

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Here, A, B, and C are functions of the independent variables x and y only. The part is a function of x, y, u, xu/xx, and xu/xy.

Depending on the values of A, B, and C, the 2PDE is classified into one of three categories.

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Finite Difference: Elliptic Equations Elliptic equations in engineering are typically used to characterize steady-state, boundary value problems. THE LAPLACE EQUATION Elliptic equations are typically used to characterize steadystate systems. We will illustrate the solution of elliptic PDEs in the context of an example. This example is called the headed plate.

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The plate has a thickness of (z. The plate is insulated everywhere except its edges. The edges are fixed at prescribed temperatures.

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At the steady state, over time period (t heat flowin = heat flowout q(x) (y (z (t + q(y) (x (z (t = q(x + (x) (y (z (t + q(y + (y) (x (z (t where q is the heat flux. q(y + (y)

q(x)

q(x + (x)

## After simplification, we arrive to the PDE

xq xq   !0 xx xy
We need a PDE in terms of temperature. The relation between heat flux q and temperature T is given by

xT qi ! O V C xi
This equation is called Fouriers law of heat conduction.

## Substituting the value of q in the PDE, we get

x 2T x 2T  2 !0 2 xy xx
It is called the Laplace equation. The Laplace equation is an elliptic equation because B2 4 A C = 4 < 0

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SOLUTION TECHNIQUES The solution method works by substituting the partial derivatives by the finite difference formulas. The Laplace Difference Equation The centered difference formulas for the second derivatives are
x 2T Ti 1, j  2Ti , j  Ti 1, j ! 2 (x 2 xx and x 2T Ti , j 1  2Ti , j  Ti , j 1 ! 2 xy (y 2
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## After the substitution, the differential equation becomes

Ti 1, j  2Ti , j  Ti 1, j (x
2

Ti , j 1  2Ti , j  Ti , j 1 (y
2

!0

## Assume (x = (y and simplify:

Ti 1, j  Ti 1, j  Ti , j 1  Ti , j 1  4Ti , j ! 0

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Ti , j !

Ti 1, j  Ti 1, j  Ti , j 1  Ti , j 1 4

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Consider the simplest case where the boundary temperatures along the edges are set to fixed values:

## At note (1, 1), the equation is written as

T2,1  T0,1  T1, 2  T1,0  4T1,1 ! 0

## Note T0,1 = 75 and T1,0 = 0. The equation becomes

 4T1,1  T1, 2  T2,1 ! 75

Similarly, the relationship can be written for all interior points and the result is a system of linear equations.

## The system has 9 equations and 9 unknowns:

4 T11 T  11  T11

##  T21  4T21  T21  T21  T31  T13  4T31

 T12  T22  T32  4T12  T12  T12  T22  T32  T22  4T22  T22  T32  4T32  4T13  T13  T23  4T23  T23  T33  4T33  T13  T23  T33

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The Liebmann Method Most numerical solutions of Laplace equation involve systems that are very large. For larger size grids, a significant number of terms will be zero. For this reason, approximation methods provide a viable approach for obtaining solutions.

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Steps of the Liebmann method: 1. Set Toldi,j = 0 for the interior points. 2. Compute Tnewi,j:
Ti ,ne ! j
old old Ti 1, j  Ti 1, j  Ti ,old 1  Ti ,old1 j j

## 3. Apply the over-relaxation formula

Ti ,ne ! Ti ,ne  (1  )Ti ,old j j j

for 1 P 2.
Ti ,ne  Ti ,old j j T
ne i, j

4. Go to (2) if

100% u

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Finite Difference: Parabolic Equations Parabolic equations in engineering are typically used to characterize time variable problems. THE HEAT CONDUCTION EQUATION Conservation of energy can be used to develop an transit-state energy balance for the differential element in a long, thin insulated rod.

## The heat conduction equation for the insulated rod is

x 2T xT k 2 ! xx xt
The temperature depends on location and time.

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EXPLICIT METHODS We can substitute the partial derivatives by their finite difference approximations:
x 2T Ti l1  2Ti l  Ti l1 ! 2 xx (x 2 and xT Ti l 1  Ti l ! xt (t

## Substituting in the heat conduction equation:

Ti l1  2Ti l  Ti l1 Ti l 1  Ti l k ! 2 (t (x
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Simplifying:
l l Ti l 1 ! Ti l  P Ti 1  2Ti l  Ti 1

k(t where P ! (x 2

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Convergence and Stability Convergence means that as (x and (t approach zero, the results of the finite difference method approach the true solution. Stability means that errors at any stage of the computation are not amplified but are attenuated as the computation progresses. The explicit method is both convergent and stable if P , or

1 (x 2 (t e 2 k

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A SIMPLE IMPLICIT METHOD The difference between the explicit and implicit approximations is illustrated in this figure.

## In the implicit method, the derivative is approximated by:

l l x 2T Ti 1  2Ti l 1  Ti 1 1 \$ 1 xx 2 (x 2

## The heat conduction equation becomes

l l Ti 1  2Ti l 1  Ti 1 Ti l 1  Ti l 1 ! k 1 2 (t (x

Simplifying:
l 1  Ti 1   2 i l 1  Ti l1 ! Ti l T 1 1