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Studies and implementations of numerical methods for differential equations using finite difference technique and applications in computational fluid mechanics

Grant number: 11/20786-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2012
Effective date (End): December 31, 2012
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Mechanical Engineering - Transport Phenomena
Principal Investigator:Gilcilene Sanchez de Paulo
Grantee:Caroline Viezel
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Presidente Prudente. Presidente Prudente , SP, Brazil


In this project, we intend to study and implement numerical methods for ordinary differential equations (ODE) and partial differential equations (PDE) using the technique of finite differences. Initially, the student will study some numerical methods for ODE and the concept of stability. In addition, we intend to study the different effects that each numerical boundary condition causes the problem. As motivation to study computational fluid mechanics, intends to apply a numerical technique for the problem of simplified boundary layer (toy model). Later, the student will study some numerical methods for PDE and the concepts of stability and convergence for explicit, implicit and Crank-Nicolson methods through the heat equation. As an application, the student should simulate the problem of diffusion of heat through a material such as solid metal. Also, it is intended to consider a nonlinear equation of convection-diffusion to study the effects of convection on the numerical solution and some classical numerical methods that can treat such terms. Finally, it is expected that the student get a short knowledge on rheological equations and its importance in the numerical simulation of viscoelastic fluid flows.