High order weighted essentially nonoscillatory schemes for convection dominated problems. (English) Zbl 1160.65330

Summary: High order accurate weighted essentially nonoscillatory (WENO) schemes are relatively new but have gained rapid popularity in numerical solutions of hyperbolic partial differential equations (PDEs) and other convection dominated problems. The main advantage of such schemes is their capability to achieve arbitrarily high order formal accuracy in smooth regions while maintaining stable, nonoscillatory, and sharp discontinuity transitions. The schemes are thus especially suitable for problems containing both strong discontinuities and complex smooth solution features. WENO schemes are robust and do not require the user to tune parameters. At the heart of the WENO schemes is actually an approximation procedure not directly related to PDEs, hence the WENO procedure can also be used in many non-PDE applications.
In this paper we review the history and basic formulation of WENO schemes, outline the main ideas in using WENO schemes to solve various hyperbolic PDEs and other convection dominated problems, and present a collection of applications in areas including computational fluid dynamics, computational astronomy and astrophysics, semiconductor device simulation, traffic flow models, computational biology, and some non-PDE applications. Finally, we mention a few topics concerning WENO schemes that are currently under investigation.


65M06 Finite difference methods for initial value and initial-boundary value problems involving PDEs
35L65 Hyperbolic conservation laws
76L05 Shock waves and blast waves in fluid mechanics
76M20 Finite difference methods applied to problems in fluid mechanics
85-08 Computational methods for problems pertaining to astronomy and astrophysics
82D37 Statistical mechanics of semiconductors
90B20 Traffic problems in operations research
92-08 Computational methods for problems pertaining to biology


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