TVD？Riemann Solver? Shock Capture?
hi all:
I am now studying shock capture scheme and I am really confusing about several conceptions. that's TVD scheme, limiters, Riemann solvers, Godunov type scheme. I want to get a whole picture at first. My understanding is TVD is another saying for limiter, and confine the interpolation to prevent from upshoot and downshoot, Riemann solver evaluates flux at cell face, is somekind of analytical solution. So we first use TVD to evaluate value, then use this value for Riemann solver for flux. I don't know what is Godunov type scheme. I would rather appreciate for your help 
The application of a flux limiter is to stabilise the code. If the code is secondorder and above, the application of a flux limiter makes/should make the code TVD.
Riemann problem solves for the intercell numerical fluxes at cell interfaces  the solution does not have to be analystical  in fact in most cases there is no analytical solution. Accurate solution of the Riemann problem is the clever part of the code. Godunov schem is a conservative upwind scheme for quasilinear hyperbolic systems of PDEs. See book bny E. Toro. It is easly derived by considering the flues through a finite volume. 
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Thanks a lot, I think I am clear about TVD and limiter. TVD is more like an adjective, meaning nonoscillative.
I am still a little confusing about Godunov and Riemann solver. I will look at Toro's book soon. By the way, if we can capture shock using upwind scheme with conservative form, why we need to use Riemann solver? what's the motivation for Riemann solver? I mean, people face what problem and result in the appearance of Riemann solver? thanks very much:) Quote:

thx, Could you tell me what's the difference between "nonoscillatory" and 'TVD'?
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TVD means Total Variation Diminishing, "nonoscillatory" schemes like WENO will produce small oscillations around discontinuities, a TVD method introduces no new extrema (there will be no oscillations, however small). Upwind schemes and Riemann solvers go handinhand. The issue is that you usually have to solve a local problem just to determine the direction and speeds of the waves. An exact Riemann solver for the advection equation is the trivial upwind procedure. You can think of Riemann solvers as a generalization of this trivial upwinding to nonlinear equations and systems. Reconstruction (involving limiting) is mostly orthogonal to the Riemann solver, the physics goes in the Riemann solver while the order of accuracy and nonoscillatory properties go into the reconstruction (and time discretization, you need to use a strong stability preserving (SSP) method to preserve nonlinear stability properties like TVD).

thx a lot. Do you mean that without using Riemanntype upwind scheme, classical upwind scheme should capture shock speed well too? ( don't consider oscillation at this stage )
My puzzle now is that: for very strong gradient, such as dam break on dry bed or very shallow wet bed. Riemann solver could capture the wave front well, but my upwind scheme failed to capture it. So I think Riemann solver is much accurate than classical upwind scheme? for mild shock, my upwind scheme also performs well :) Quote:

What do you mean "classical upwind scheme"? You will usually have multiple waves going in both directions, you can only determine those directions by solving a Riemann problem. Note that any stable and consistent (even if approximate, e.g. Rusanov, HLL, Roe+entropy fix) Riemann solver will preserve monotonicity inherent in the equations, so it should never generate a negative thickness/density/energy.
What did your method "not capture"? Note that a firstorder method will tend to blur contact waves (and, less severely, shocks). 
for example, I use third order upwind scheme to capture shock on wet bed.
so you mean that: since there are multiple waves going, single upwind scheme can not capture shock well in this case? it makes sense, but how could we explain for mild shock, upwind scheme also capture dam break shock well...... referring to 'not capture', I mean the shock front speed, front speed, all miss. Many thanks to your careful explanation. :) Quote:

at the same time, do you mean the power for Riemann solver is that it can resolve multiple wave direction at the same time, while classical upwind scheme could only track one direction?
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You didn't answer my question about what "classical upwind scheme" means? How do you compute fluxes? This usually requires an (approximate) Riemann solve, it's really not possible to naively look at the states on either side of the shock and know which direction it is propagating, or even whether it is a shock or rarefaction, or contact wave. You can start with a very simple Rusanov flux, it may be somewhat overdiffusive, but it's trivial to implement and should produce correct speeds.

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wow tks a lot.u help me have a clear view about this that I was so confused before:)
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