A Smoothness Indicator for Adaptive Algorithms for Hyperbolic Systems Academic Article uri icon


  • The formation of shock waves in solutions of hyperbolic conservation laws calls for locally adaptive numerical solution algorithms and requires a practical tool for identifying where adaption is needed. In this paper, a new smoothness indicator (SI) is used to identify "rough" solution regions and is implemented in locally adaptive algorithms. The SI is based on the weak local truncation error of the approximate solution. It was recently reported in S. Karni and A. Kurganov, Local error analysis for approximate solutions of hyperbolic conservation laws, where error analysis and convergence properties were established. The present paper is concerned with its implementation in scheme adaption and mesh adaption algorithms. The SI provides a general framework for adaption and is not restricted to a particular discretization scheme. The implementation in this paper uses the central-upwind scheme of A. Kurganov, S. Noelle, and G. Petrova, SIAM J. Sci. Comput. 23, 707 (2001). The extension of the SI to two space dimensions is given. Numerical results in one and two space dimensions demonstrate the robustness of the proposed SI and its potential in reducing computational costs and improving the resolution of the solution. 2002 Elsevier Science (USA).

published proceedings

  • Journal of Computational Physics

author list (cited authors)

  • Karni, S., Kurganov, A., & Petrova, G.

citation count

  • 34

complete list of authors

  • Karni, Smadar||Kurganov, Alexander||Petrova, Guergana

publication date

  • January 2002