VALIDATION OF FINITE-DIMENSIONAL APPROXIMATE SOLUTIONS FOR DYNAMICS OF DISTRIBUTED-PARAMETER SYSTEMS
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An inverse dynamics method is introduced for constructing exact special-case solutions for hybrid coordinate ordinary/partial systems of differential equations (hybrid ODE/PDE systems). The solution is constructed such that it lies near a given approximate numerical solution, and therefore the special-case solutions can be generated in a versatile and physically meaningful fashion and can serve as a benchmark problem to validate approximate solution methods. The exact solution is constructed such that it is a differentiable, continuous-function neighbor of the given approximate numerical solution. This continuous solution is then substituted into the governing system of ODEs/PDEs and a full complement of distributed and boundary forces is determined algebraically to exactly satisfy the differential equations. This process has been automated by computer symbol manipulation. Since the exact special-case algebraic solutions can be evaluated anywhere in space and time, this approach is ideally suited to providing a true exact motion and the corresponding forces for studying the convergence errors in a family of approximate solutions. This methodology makes it possible for one to rigorously determine exact solution errors for a significant class of ODE/PDE systems for which the initial-value problem is not, in general, exactly solvable. We explore the utility of this method in validating numerical solution methods. 1995 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., All rights reserved.
JOURNAL OF GUIDANCE CONTROL AND DYNAMICS
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JUNKINS, J. L., & LEE, S. C.
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