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Unformatted text preview: UCSB ME 17: Mathematics of Engineering Spring 2011 The SteadyState Diffusion Equation in 2D (1 , 1) node 16 node 15 node 14 node 13 node 12 node 11 node 10 node 9 node 8 node 7 node 6 node 5 node 4 node 3 node 2 node 1 (1 , 2) (1 , 3) (1 , 4) (2 , 1) (2 , 2) (2 , 3) (2 , 4) (3 , 1) (3 , 2) (3 , 3) (3 , 4) (4 , 4) (4 , 3) (4 , 2) (4 , 1) x y Figure 1: Discretization of a two dimensional domain with m = 4 points in the x direction and n = 4 points in the y direction. A grid node is referenced by its i and j indices. The i index references the i th location in the x direction, while the j index references the j th location in the y direction. The solution u at red nodes will be given the value of the boundary conditions given by the function BC , while at the blue nodes the solution will be approximated using (2). Consider the heat equation in two spatial dimensions: u t = D 2 u x 2 + 2 u y 2 + S, where D is the diffusion constant, u is the temperature and S is the source term. At steadystate, we have: D 2 u x 2 + 2 u y 2 = S, (1) which is called the Poisson equation. We assume that the value of the temperature is given on the walls of the domain by a function called BC . In order to find a numerical solution, we discretize the computational domain into m points in the x direction and n points in the y direction, as illustrated in figure 1. This gives a grid with m n grid nodes, at which we can write an approximation to equation (1). Such a numerical approximation can be written as: D u i +1 ,j 2 u i,j + u i 1 ,j x 2 + u i,j +1 2 u...
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This note was uploaded on 12/29/2011 for the course ME 243a taught by Professor Abamieh during the Fall '09 term at UCSB.
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