A Galerkin Method for Liquid Pipelines

  • Todd Dupont
  • H. H. RachfordJr.
Part of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems book series (LNE, volume 134)


The flow of a liquid in a pipe is described by a first-order hyperbolic system. This paper provides an a priori error analysis for a Galerkin method for the approximate solution of this system. The continuous-time Galerkin method and a linearized-Crank-Nicolson version of it are treated.


Galerkin Method Differential System Homogeneous Linear System Positive Definite Symmetrizer Pipe Expansion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Todd Dupont
    • 1
  • H. H. RachfordJr.
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Rice UniversityHoustonUSA

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