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By Alik Ismail-Zadeh

Written as either a textbook and a convenient reference, this article intentionally avoids complicated arithmetic assuming basically uncomplicated familiarity with geodynamic conception and calculus. right here, the authors have introduced jointly the most important numerical concepts for geodynamic modeling, demonstrations of the way to unravel difficulties together with lithospheric deformation, mantle convection and the geodynamo. construction from a dialogue of the elemental rules of mathematical and numerical modeling, the textual content strikes into severe examinations of every of the several suggestions ahead of concluding with a close research of particular geodynamic purposes. Key alterations among equipment and their respective barriers also are mentioned - exhibiting readers whilst and the way to use a selected process on the way to produce the main exact effects. this is often an important textual content for complicated classes on numerical and computational modeling in geodynamics and geophysics, and a useful source for researchers seeking to grasp state-of-the-art ideas. hyperlinks to supplementary machine codes can be found on-line.

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Sometimes a linear combination of the two quantities is given, and in this case the boundary condition is referred to as a mixed boundary condition. 5 Analytical and numerical solutions Mathematical models of geodynamic processes can be solved analytically or numerically. Analytical solutions are those that a researcher can obtain by solving mathematical models by using a pencil, a piece of paper, and his or her own brain activity. Simple mathematical models allow analytical solutions, which have been (and still are) of great importance because of their power: the solutions are precise and can be presented by exact formulas.

Compromises are also needed in solving the discretised equations. Direct solvers, which obtain accurate solutions, are seldom used in new codes, because they are too costly. Iterative methods are more common but the errors due to stopping the iteration process too soon need to be taken into account. The need to analyse and estimate numerical errors cannot be overemphasised. Visualisation of numerical solutions using vectors, contours, other kinds of plots or movies (videos) is essential to interpret numerical results.

24) with the following boundary conditions: U0 = θ1 , UN = θ2 . 32) Statement 2. 31) are held. It can be shown that a monotonic scheme converges to the unique solution. Statement 3. 24) is null function Di ≡ 0, then Ui max{|θ1 | , |θ2 |}. 35) where x = (x, y) are the Cartesian coordinates; T , t and u = (u, v) are temperature, time and velocity, respectively; ρ is the density; c is the thermal capacity; k is the thermal conductivity; Q is the heat source; T∗ (x, y) is the initial temperature; [t = 0, t = ϑ] is the model time interval; n is the outward unit normal vector at a point on the model boundary ∂ ; Tb is the background (pre-defined) temperature; q is the heat flux; and α is a numerical parameter controlling the type of boundary condition.

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