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Title: The generation of arbitrary order, non-classical, Gauss-type quadrature for transport applications

A method is presented, based upon the Stieltjes method (1884), for the determination of non-classical Gauss-type quadrature rules, and the associated sets of abscissae and weights. The method is then used to generate a number of quadrature sets, to arbitrary order, which are primarily aimed at deterministic transport calculations. The quadrature rules and sets detailed include arbitrary order reproductions of those presented by Abu-Shumays in [4,8] (known as the QR sets, but labelled QRA here), in addition to a number of new rules and associated sets; these are generated in a similar way, and we label them the QRS quadrature sets. The method presented here shifts the inherent difficulty (encountered by Abu-Shumays) associated with solving the non-linear moment equations, particular to the required quadrature rule, to one of the determination of non-classical weight functions and the subsequent calculation of various associated inner products. Once a quadrature rule has been written in a standard form, with an associated weight function having been identified, the calculation of the required inner products is achieved using specific variable transformations, in addition to the use of rapid, highly accurate quadrature suited to this purpose. The associated non-classical Gauss quadrature sets can then be determined, andmore » this can be done to any order very rapidly. In this paper, instead of listing weights and abscissae for the different quadrature sets detailed (of which there are a number), the MATLAB code written to generate them is included as Appendix D. The accuracy and efficacy (in a transport setting) of the quadrature sets presented is not tested in this paper (although the accuracy of the QRA quadrature sets has been studied in [12,13]), but comparisons to tabulated results listed in [8] are made. When comparisons are made with one of the azimuthal QRA sets detailed in [8], the inherent difficulty in the method of generation, used there, becomes apparent, with the highest order tabulated sets showing unexpected anomalies. Although not in an actual transport setting, the accuracy of the sets presented here is assessed to some extent, by using them to approximate integrals (over an octant of the unit sphere) of various high order spherical harmonics. When this is done, errors in the tabulated QRA sets present themselves at the highest tabulated orders, whilst combinations of the new QRS quadrature sets offer some improvements in accuracy over the original QRA sets. Finally, in order to offer a quick, visual understanding of the various quadrature sets presented, when combined to give product sets for the purposes of integrating functions confined to the surface of a sphere, three-dimensional representations of points located on an octant of the unit sphere (as in [8,12]) are shown.« less
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22465646
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Computational Physics; Journal Volume: 296; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2015 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; 97 MATHEMATICAL METHODS AND COMPUTING; ACCURACY; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; COMPUTER CODES; INTEGRALS; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; QUADRATURES; SPHERES; SPHERICAL HARMONICS; THREE-DIMENSIONAL CALCULATIONS; TRANSPORT THEORY