Volume 55, Number 3, May-June 2021
|1067 - 1101
|08 June 2021
A finite volume scheme for the solution of a mixed discrete-continuous fragmentation model
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6GG, UK
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 17 December 2020
This paper concerns the construction and analysis of a numerical scheme for a mixed discrete-continuous fragmentation equation. A finite volume scheme is developed, based on a conservative formulation of a truncated version of the equations. The approximate solutions provided by this scheme are first shown to display conservation of mass and preservation of nonnegativity. Then, by utilising a Dunford–Pettis style argument, the sequence of approximate solutions generated is shown, under given restrictions on the model and the mesh, to converge (weakly) in an appropriate L1 space to a weak solution to the problem. By applying the methods and theory of operator semigroups, we are able to show that these weak solutions are unique and necessarily classical (differentiable) solutions, a degree of regularity not generally established when finite volume schemes are applied to such problems. Furthermore, this approach enabled us to derive a bound for the error induced by the truncation of the mass domain, and also establish the convergence of the truncated solutions as the truncation point is increased without bound. Finally, numerical simulations are performed to investigate the performance of the scheme and assess its rate of convergence as the mesh is refined, whilst also verifying the bound on the truncation error.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 35R09 / 47D06 / 65M08
Key words: Fragmentation equations / finite volume scheme / mixed discrete-continuous fragmentation model
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