Report Number: CS-TR-76-578
Institution: Stanford University, Department of Computer Science
Title: Theoretical and practical aspects of some initial-boundary value problems in fluid dynamics
Author: Oliger, Joseph
Author: Sundstroem, Arne
Date: November 1976
Abstract: Initial-boundary value problems for several systems of partial differential equations from fluid dynamics are discussed. Both rigid wall and open boundary problems are treated. Boundary conditions are formulated and shown to yield well-posed problems for the Eulerian equations for gas dynamics, the shallow-water equations, and linearized constant coefficient versions of the incompressible, anelastic equations. The "primitive" hydrostatic meteorological equations are shown to be ill-posed with any specification of local, pointwise boundary conditions. Analysis of simplified versions of this system illustrates the mechanism responsible for ill-posedness.