An efficient numerical scheme for the Euler equations
Glaister, P. (1994) An efficient numerical scheme for the Euler equations. Computers & Mathematics with Applications, 27 (8). pp. 91-100. ISSN 0898-1221
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1016/0898-1221(94)90069-8
A finite difference scheme based on flux difference splitting is presented for the solution of the Euler equations for the compressible flow of an ideal gas. A linearised Riemann problem is defined, and a scheme based on numerical characteristic decomposition is presented for obtaining approximate solutions to the linearised problem. An average of the flow variables across the interface between cells is required, and this average is chosen to be the arithmetic mean for computational efficiency, leading to arithmetic averaging. This is in contrast to the usual ‘square root’ averages found in this type of Riemann solver, where the computational expense can be prohibitive. The method of upwind differencing is used for the resulting scalar problems, together with a flux limiter for obtaining a second order scheme which avoids nonphysical, spurious oscillations. The scheme is applied to a shock tube problem and a blast wave problem. Each approximate solution compares well with those given by other schemes, and for the shock tube problem is in agreement with the exact solution.