User's Heat Equation

Heat Equation

α ∇2 U = Ut

Wikipedia comments: "The heat equation is of fundamental importance in diverse scientific fields. In mathematics, it is the prototypical parabolic partial differential equation. In probability theory, the heat equation is connected with the study of Brownian motion via the Fokker-Planck equation. In financial mathematics it is used to solve the Black-Scholes partial differential equation. The diffusion equation, a more general version of the heat equation, arises in connection with the study of chemical diffusion and other related processes."

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User's Heat Equation Source Code:

For 1-Dimensional Heat Equation use following:

      global all
      problem HeatPDE
C ------------------------------------------------------------------------
C --- Calculus Programming example: Heat Equation; a PDE Initial
C --- Value Problem solved using Method of Lines.
C ------------------------------------------------------------------------
        dynamic U, U0, Ut, Ut0
C User parameters ...
        alpha = 2.e-5         ! thermal diffusion coefficienct
        ipoints = 21          ! grid pts. over x-axis
        tFinal =  600         ! not sure when odd numeric problem surfaces
C x-parameter initial settings: x ==> i
        ip = ipoints:   xFinal=1:    dx=xFinal/(ipoints-1)
        allot U(ip), U0(ip), Ut(ip), Ut0(ip)
C t-parameter initial settings: t ==> j
        tPrint = tFinal / 20

        Ua = .01:    U00=.1:    prnt = 0
        do 10 i = 1, ipoints
          U0(i) = U00
 10     continue
        call tAxis      !
      end               ! Stmt.s not necessary in IVP, but used in BVP versions
      model tAxis       !
C ... Integrate over x-axis   !
C                             !
        do 10 ii = 1, ipoints ! Stmt.s not necessary in IVP, but used in BVP versions
          U(ii) = U0(ii)      !
 10     continue              !
        error = 0:    tPrt = tPrint:    dt = tPrt / 20:    t = 0
        print *, U00, dt, dx, tPrint
C ... Integrate over t-axis
        Initiate ISIS;  for PDE;
     ~       equations Ut/U;  of t;  step dt;  to tPrt
        do while (t .lt. tFinal)
          Integrate PDE;  by ISIS
          if( t .ge. tPrt) then
            if(prnt.eq.1) print 79, t,error,(U(ii),ii=1,ip)
            tPrt = tPrt + tPrint
          end if
        end do
 79     format( 1h , g10.4, 1x, 20(g11.5, 1x))
      model PDE                         ! Partial Differential Equation
C                                       ! Method of Lines
!        error = error + (U(1) - Ua)**2      ! BC1: U(1)=Ua @ x=0, for all t
        do 20 ij = 2, ipoints - 1       ! System of ODEs
          Uxx = (U(ij+1) - 2*U(ij) + U(ij-1)) / (dx*dx)  ! using central difference
          Ut(ij)= alpha * Uxx
 20     continue                  ! BC2: partial(U, x)=0, @ x=L, for all t
!        error = error + ((U(ip)-U(ip-1))/dx)**2

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