WIAS Preprint No. 1656, (2011)

On (essentially) non-oscillatory discretizations of evolutionary convection-diffusion equations


  • John, Volker
    ORCID: 0000-0002-2711-4409
  • Novo, Julia
    ORCID: 0000-0001-6667-5666

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 65M06 65M60


  • Time-dependent convection-diffusion-reaction equations, under- and overshoots, FEM-FCT schemes, ENO schemes, WENO schemes




Finite element and finite difference discretizations for evolutionary convection-diffusion-reaction equations in two and three dimensions are studied which give solutions without or with small under- and overshoots. The studied methods include a linear and a nonlinear FEM-FCT scheme, simple upwinding, an ENO scheme of order 3, and a fifth order WENO scheme. Both finite element methods are combined with the Crank--Nicolson scheme and the finite difference discretizations are coupled with explicit total variation diminishing Runge--Kutta methods. An assessment of the methods with respect to accuracy, size of under- and overshoots, and efficiency is presented, in the situation of a domain which is a tensor product of intervals and of uniform grids in time and space. Some comments to the aspects of adaptivity and more complicated domains are given. The obtained results lead to recommendations concerning the use of the methods.

Appeared in

  • J. Comput. Phys., 231 (2012) pp. 1570--1586.

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