How long does it take to get there? 11:10 Fri 19 Oct, 2018 :: Engineering North N132 :: Professor Herbert Huppert :: University of Cambridge
In many situations involving nonlinear partial differential equations, requiring much numerical calculation because there is no analytic solution, it is possible to find a similarity solution to the resulting (still nonlinear) ordinary differential equation; sometimes even analytically, but it is generally independent of the initial conditions. The similarity solution is said to approach the real solution for t >> tau, say. But what is tau? How does it depend on the parameters of the problem and the initial conditions? Answers will be presented for a variety of problems and the audience will be asked to suggest others if they know of them.