# Compatible Spatial Discretizations for Partial Differential Equations

## Abstract

From May 11--15, 2004, the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications held a hot topics workshop on Compatible Spatial Discretizations for Partial Differential Equations. The numerical solution of partial differential equations (PDE) is a fundamental task in science and engineering. The goal of the workshop was to bring together a spectrum of scientists at the forefront of the research in the numerical solution of PDEs to discuss compatible spatial discretizations. We define compatible spatial discretizations as those that inherit or mimic fundamental properties of the PDE such as topology, conservation, symmetries, and positivity structures and maximum principles. A wide variety of discretization methods applied across a wide range of scientific and engineering applications have been designed to or found to inherit or mimic intrinsic spatial structure and reproduce fundamental properties of the solution of the continuous PDE model at the finite dimensional level. A profusion of such methods and concepts relevant to understanding them have been developed and explored: mixed finite element methods, mimetic finite differences, support operator methods, control volume methods, discrete differential forms, Whitney forms, conservative differencing, discrete Hodge operators, discrete Helmholtz decomposition, finite integration techniques, staggered grid and dual grid methods, etc. This workshop seeks to fostermore »

- Authors:

- Publication Date:

- Research Org.:
- Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (US)

- Sponsoring Org.:
- (US)

- OSTI Identifier:
- 834807

- Report Number(s):
- DOE/ER/25570-1

TRN: US200504%%105

- DOE Contract Number:
- FG02-03ER25570

- Resource Type:
- Technical Report

- Resource Relation:
- Other Information: PBD: 25 Nov 2004

- Country of Publication:
- United States

- Language:
- English

- Subject:
- 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; CLASSIFICATION; COMMUNICATIONS; DESIGN; FINITE ELEMENT METHOD; NUMERICAL SOLUTION; PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS; TOPOLOGY; VALIDATION; VERIFICATION

### Citation Formats

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Arnold, Douglas, N, ed.
```*Compatible Spatial Discretizations for Partial Differential Equations*. United States: N. p., 2004.
Web. doi:10.2172/834807.

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Arnold, Douglas, N, ed.
```*Compatible Spatial Discretizations for Partial Differential Equations*. United States. doi:10.2172/834807.

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Arnold, Douglas, N, ed. Thu .
"Compatible Spatial Discretizations for Partial Differential Equations". United States. doi:10.2172/834807. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/834807.
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title = {Compatible Spatial Discretizations for Partial Differential Equations},

author = {Arnold, Douglas, N, ed.},

abstractNote = {From May 11--15, 2004, the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications held a hot topics workshop on Compatible Spatial Discretizations for Partial Differential Equations. The numerical solution of partial differential equations (PDE) is a fundamental task in science and engineering. The goal of the workshop was to bring together a spectrum of scientists at the forefront of the research in the numerical solution of PDEs to discuss compatible spatial discretizations. We define compatible spatial discretizations as those that inherit or mimic fundamental properties of the PDE such as topology, conservation, symmetries, and positivity structures and maximum principles. A wide variety of discretization methods applied across a wide range of scientific and engineering applications have been designed to or found to inherit or mimic intrinsic spatial structure and reproduce fundamental properties of the solution of the continuous PDE model at the finite dimensional level. A profusion of such methods and concepts relevant to understanding them have been developed and explored: mixed finite element methods, mimetic finite differences, support operator methods, control volume methods, discrete differential forms, Whitney forms, conservative differencing, discrete Hodge operators, discrete Helmholtz decomposition, finite integration techniques, staggered grid and dual grid methods, etc. This workshop seeks to foster communication among the diverse groups of researchers designing, applying, and studying such methods as well as researchers involved in practical solution of large scale problems that may benefit from advancements in such discretizations; to help elucidate the relations between the different methods and concepts; and to generally advance our understanding in the area of compatible spatial discretization methods for PDE. Particular points of emphasis included: + Identification of intrinsic properties of PDE models that are critical for the fidelity of numerical simulations. + Identification and design of compatible spatial discretizations of PDEs, their classification, analysis, and relations. + Relationships between different compatible spatial discretization methods and concepts which have been developed; + Impact of compatible spatial discretizations upon physical fidelity, verification and validation of simulations, especially in large-scale, multiphysics settings. + How solvers address the demands placed upon them by compatible spatial discretizations. This report provides information about the program and abstracts of all the presentations.},

doi = {10.2172/834807},

journal = {},

number = ,

volume = ,

place = {United States},

year = {2004},

month = {11}

}