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Re: Fluid dynamics

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  • Subject: [mg44488] Re: Fluid dynamics
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 08:01:36 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
  • References: <boif5j$oau$> <bopc55$olh$>
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Paul Abbott wrote:
> In article <boif5j$oau$1 at>,
>  Nathan Moore <nmoore at> wrote:
> > Cellular automa has always looked like a discretization of continuous
> > differential equations (ever looked closely at the Runge-Kutta DEQ
> > solver?  A cursory glance shows that any x(i+1) comes from x(i) and
> > maybe also x(i-1) with statistical weights coming from taylor
> > expansions.  This means that any differential equation can be
> > discretized and expressed as a "cellular automa system"
> >
> > There's nothing new and fabulous about that - its the standard approach
> > in Numerical methods.
> But this is _not_ the point of A New Kind of Science (NKS): Of course
> you can discretize the Navier-Stokes equations but, instead of starting
> with a differential equation and discretizing, why not _start_ with a
> cellular automata, modeling the microscopic behavior of fluid molecules,
> having properties directly related to the physics at hand (by satisfying
> a set of simple collsion rules). See NKS pp 376-382 and 996-997.
> Cheers,
> Paul


oh with 

"why not _start_ with a
cellular automata, modeling the 
microscopic behavior of fluid molecules"

you can also make a cow from the beef ?

The Naver-Stokes equation is an approximation,
a numerical model is an approximation to this
approximation and a CA is an approximation to this
approximation. And now tell me why the approximation,
of the approximation, of a approximation is a good
starting point to describe the *real* process without
an approximation.

Where is the source of all the information that is
lost in during the various approximations if you start
not with the original ?

In a real collision the scattering take not place
on a hexagonal grid, and the scattering directions are
not bounded on a grid. 

The *only* reason to use a CA is, that a CA has excelent
properties for massive parallel computing. And it is
realy surprising that such a lausy model has still some
(qualitative) features of the real process. However,
in the most cases the quatitative computed features, like
pressure differ significant from the measured ones or from
the computed values obtained by a FE solution.

Starting with a CA and use it for the real process is like to take
the a photograph of an image of a painted apple and eat it.


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