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Discretely conservative finite-difference formulations for nonlinear conservation laws in split form: theory and boundary conditions. (English) Zbl 1284.65102
Summary: The Lax-Wendroff theorem stipulates that a discretely conservative operator is necessary to accurately capture discontinuities. The discrete operator, however, need not be derived from the divergence form of the continuous equations. Indeed, conservation law equations that are split into linear combinations of the divergence and product rule form and then discretized using any diagonal-norm skew-symmetric summation-by-parts (SBP) spatial operator, yield discrete operators that are conservative. Furthermore, split-form, discretely conservation operators can be derived for periodic or finite-domain SBP spatial operators of any order. Examples are presented of a fourth-order, SBP finite-difference operator with second-order boundary closures. Sixth- and eighth-order constructions are derived, and are supplied in an accompanying text file.

65M06 Finite difference methods for initial value and initial-boundary value problems involving PDEs
70H33 Symmetries and conservation laws, reverse symmetries, invariant manifolds and their bifurcations, reduction for problems in Hamiltonian and Lagrangian mechanics
65Z05 Applications to the sciences
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