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Runge-Kutta time semidiscretizations of semilinear PDEs with non-smooth data

Wulff, C and Evans, C (2017) Runge-Kutta time semidiscretizations of semilinear PDEs with non-smooth data Numerische Mathematik.

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Abstract

We study semilinear evolution equations $ \frac {\d U}{\d t}=AU+B(U)$ posed on a Hilbert space $\kY$, where $A$ is normal and generates a strongly continuous semigroup, $B$ is a smooth nonlinearity from $\kY_\ell = D(A^\ell)$ to itself, and $\ell \in I \subseteq [0,L]$, $L \geq 0$, $0,L \in I$. In particular the one-dimensional semilinear wave equation and nonlinear Schr\"odinger equation with periodic, Neumann and Dirichlet boundary conditions fit into this framework. We discretize the evolution equation with an A-stable Runge-Kutta method in time, retaining continuous space, and prove convergence of order $O(h^{p\ell/(p+1)})$ for non-smooth initial data $U^0\in \kY_\ell$, where $\ell\leq p+1$, for a method of classical order $p$, extending a result by Brenner and Thom\'ee for linear systems. Our approach is to project the semiflow and numerical method to spectral Galerkin approximations, and to balance the projection error with the error of the time discretization of the projected system. Numerical experiments suggest that our estimates are sharp.

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Wulff, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Evans, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 19 October 2017
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 10:56
Last Modified : 28 Mar 2017 10:56
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/809102

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