Validation of Finite-Dimensional Approximate Solutions for Dynamics of Distributed-Parameter Systems Academic Article uri icon


  • 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.

author list (cited authors)

  • Junkins, J. L., & Lee, S.

citation count

  • 10

publication date

  • January 1995