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A geometry-preserving finite volume method for compressible fluids on Schwarzschild spacetime

By Philippe G. LeFloch and Hasan Makhlof


We consider the relativistic Euler equations governing spherically symmetric, perfect fluid flows on the outer domain of communication of Schwarzschild space- time, and we introduce a version of the finite volume method which is formulated from the geometric formulation (and thus takes the geometry into account at the discretization level) and is well-balanced, in the sense that it preserves steady solutions to the Euler equations on the curved geometry under consideration. In order to formulate our method, we first derive a closed formula describing all steady and spherically sym- metric solutions to the Euler equations posed on Schwarzschild spacetime. Second, we describe a geometry-preserving, finite volume method which is based from the family of steady solutions to the Euler system. Our scheme is second-order accurate and, as required, preserves the family of steady solutions at the discrete level. Numerical experiments are presented which demonstrate the efficiency and robustness of the pro- posed method even for solutions containing shock waves and nonlinear interacting wave patterns. As an application, we investigate the late-time asymptotics of perturbed steady solutions and demonstrate its convergence for late time toward another steady solution, taking the overall effect of the perturbation into account

Topics: [ MATH.MATH-AP ] Mathematics [math]/Analysis of PDEs [math.AP]
Publisher: HAL CCSD
Year: 2012
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:hal-00877629v1
Provided by: Hal-Diderot

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