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Old   February 7, 2002, 10:13
Default Poisson-type equation
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Hi, I am trying to solve the Poisson type equation for the pressure on the form:


If I wanna descretize this equation, should I deal with the higher derivative terms only and consider the lower derivative terms as a source term? I mean (for 1-D case):

d2P/dx2 = C(x)*(dP/dx)+f(x)

Any specific method to solve this type of equation?
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Old   February 7, 2002, 14:02
Default Re: Poisson-type equation
Jim Park
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Since this is a linear equation, I'd be tempted to descretize the entire equation (first and second derivatives), then solve it using Gaussian elimination. You'll get a banded coefficient matrix (unless you have periodic boundary conditions which can complicate things a bit), which is pretty efficiently stored and solved. There may be a conditioning problem for the matrix if C is too large.

Good luck!
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