Method of Solution for Variational Principle Using Bicubic Hermite Polynomial
ARMY ARMAMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER WATERVLIET NY LARGE CALIBER WEAPON SYSTEMS LAB
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In solving mixed boundary and initial value problems of a second order partial differential equation using spline functions, the computation may be simplified considerably if the variable in time can be truncated into arbitrary sections. Each section may have several node points for the spline functions in the time domain. This is true because we found from a previous paper that the initial value problem can be solved in one direction using variational principle and cubic Hermite Polynomials, without worrying about the conditions at the other end. The end conditions of the adjoint system can be adjusted according to the end conditions of the original system so that the bilinear concomitant is identically zero. This satisfies the variational principle. A bilinear form of the original and adjoint variables is employed in determining the coefficients of the variations of the functions and their first derivatives. There is no term involving the variations of any higher derivatives. A bicubic Hermite Polynomial spline function is used which gives continuity in the function and first partial derivatives in space or time, together with the mixed first partial derivative in space and time. Algorithm and procedure of computation are given.
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