Method of characterestics (MOC)
Hi, I am currently trying to understand the position and state diagrams used in the Method Of Characteristics (used to solve PDE for CFD)...I can't find much useful literature about the topic..so if any one has suggestions, that would be of great help.
Thanks in advance. 
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see the classical book of Zucrow 
have a look to the simple wave analysis, homoentropic flows have two Riemann invariants, one along each characteristic curve that allow you to get an exact solution. Generally, the application is reported as a piston moving in a tube without dissipation. The book of Zucrow illustrated such case. Furthermore, the more modern book of LeVeque can be also useful

Hello.
Generally speaking the method of characteristics is used to change a PDE to an ODE. It does this by making one of the variables a function of the other variable. I like to think of the method by considering a second coordinate system that moves along the second variable. It's position along the second variable is a function of the first variable. Then say that the derivative of the function with respect to the new coordinate system is 0. Therefore the characteristic must stay constant along the curves. This is a very simplified analogy but here goes! On the 'xt' diagram with t=0 each characteristic curve has a value. The gradient of the curves emerging from the t=0 represents the speed of information propagation. Think of it as several cars starting from different positions at the same time. If all cars move parallel to each other (have the same velocity) they will never hit each other. However if the car behind moves quicker (has a different gradient to the characteristic curve) it will eventually hit the car in front. This is the point of a shockwave. The method can be used for the exact solution of equations such as linear advection. A nonlinear equation (Burgers) results in curved characteristic curves. Hope that's not confused you further. 
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Cheers. 
Hi there, does any one happen to have an implemented MOC code? possibly in Matlab? That would be a good start for me.
Regards 
I'm studying the 3d MOC in reacting flow recently, I read several papers and books and now I understand the characteristic surfaces, and I can get the the compatibility equation, but the following numerical part really makes me headache. How to solve the compatibility equation in finite difference is very hard for me.
I'd appreciate it if anyone can give me some suggestion! 
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