Unformatted text preview: here these arise include acoustics, dynamic elasticity, electromagnetics,
and gas dynamics. Here are some examples.
Example 10.1.1. The Euler equations for onedimensional compressible inviscid ows
satisfy
t + mx =0 (10.1.3a) mt + ( m + p)x = 0 (10.1.3b) et + (e + p) m ]x = 0: (10.1.3c) 2 Here , m, e, and p are, respectively, the uid's density, momentum, internal energy, and
pressure. The uid velocity u = m= and the pressure is determined by an equation of
state, which, for an ideal uid is
m2 ]
p = ( ; 1) e ; 2
(10.1.3d)
where is a constant. Equations (10.1.3a), (10.1.3b), and (10.1.3c) express the facts that
the mass, momentum, and energy of the uid are neither created nor destroyed and are,
hence, conserved. We readily see that the system (10.1.3) has the form of (10.1.1) with
23
2
3
23
m
0
4m5
4 m2 = + p 5
4 0 5:
u=
f (u) =
b(x t u) =
(10.1.4)
e
(e + p)m=
0
Example 10.1.2. The de ection of a taut string has the form utt = a2 uxx + q(x) (10.1.5a) 10.1. Conservation Laws 3 u(x,t)
T T
x=0 x=L Figure 10.1.1: Geometry of the taut string of Example 10.1.2.
where a2 = T= with T being the tension and being the linear density of the string (Figure 10.1.1). The lateral loading q(x) applied in the transverse direction could represent
the weight of the string.
This secondorder partial di erential equation can be written as a rstorder system
of two equations in a variety of ways. Perhaps the most common approach is to let u1 = ut u2 = aux: (10.1.5b) Physically, u1(x t) is the velocity and u2(x t) is the stress at point x and time t in the
string. Di erentiating with respect to t while using (10.1.5a) and (10.1.5b) yields
(u1)t = utt = a2 uxx + q(x) = a(u2)x + q(x) (u2)t = auxt = autx = a(u1)x: Thus, the onedimensional wave equation has the form of (10.1.1) with u = u1
u2 f (u) = ;cu
;cu 1 In the convective form (10.1.2), we have A=
10.1.1 b(x t u) = q(0x) : 2 0 ;a :
;a 0 (10.1.5c) (10.1.5d) Characteristics The behavior of the system (10.1.1) can be determined by diagonalizing the...
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 Spring '14
 JosephE.Flaherty

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