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Re: Numerical solution of the heat equation on a disk

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  • Subject: [mg113636] Re: Numerical solution of the heat equation on a disk
  • From: Alexei Boulbitch <alexei.boulbitch at>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2010 05:13:40 -0500 (EST)

Hi, Francois,

I would simply regularize the equation, i.e instead
u_t = u_rr + (1/r) u_r
I would solve
u_t = u_rr + (1/(r+eps)) u_r
with a small eps. The choice of its value should be done depending upon the origin of your equation. This will
remove the problem. Try this, for instance:

NDSolve[{D[u[t, r], t] == D[u[t, r], r, r] + D[u[t, r], r]/(r + 0.01),
    u[0, r] == 10*(Exp[-r^2/5] - Exp[-1/5]),
   u[t, 1] == 0, (D[u[t, r], r] /. r ->  0) == 0}, u, {t, 0, 2}, {r, 0,
Plot3D[Evaluate[u[t, r] /. %], {t, 0, 2}, {r, 0, 1}, PlotRange ->  All,
   AxesLabel ->  {"t", "r", "u"}]

Have fun, Alexei


I would like to get a numerical simulation of the heat equation with Dirichlet boundary conditions on a disk. With the problem I have, the function does not depend on theta, so we get :

u_t = u_rr + (1/r) u_r

It introduces a singularity as goes to 0 and Mathematica can not solve the problem with NDSolve. Is there a way to go around this ?

Best regards,

PS : I know that I can do Bessel expansion, but it's not what I want to do here.

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