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• Numerical Analysis on Flow Behavior of Molten Iron and Slag in Main Trough
of Blast Furnace during Tapping Process

• Abstract: The three-dimensional model was developed according to number 4 of the main trough of blast furnace at China Steel Co. (CSC BF4). The equations and volume of fluid (VOF) were used for describing the turbulent flow at the impinging zone of trough, indicating fluids of liquid iron, molten slag, and air in the governing equation, respectively, in this paper. The pressure field and velocity profile were then obtained by the finite volume method (FVM) and the pressure implicit with splitting of operators (PISO), respectively, followed by calculating the wall shear stress through Newton’s law of viscosity for validation. Then, the operation conditions and the main trough geometry were numerically examined for the separation efficiency of iron from slag stream. As shown in the results, the molten iron losses associated with the slag can be reduced by increasing the height difference between the slag and iron ports, reducing the tapping rate, and increasing the height of the opening under the skimmer.
PubDate: Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +000

• The Convergence of a Class of Parallel Newton-Type Iterative Methods

• Abstract: A general iterative process is proposed, from which a class of parallel Newton-type iterative methods can be derived. A unified convergence theorem for the general iterative process is established. The convergence of these Newton-type iterative methods is obtained from the unified convergence theorem. The results of efficiency analyses and numerical example are satisfactory.
PubDate: Sun, 05 Mar 2017 07:02:28 +000

• Analysis of Tensegrity Structures with Redundancies, by Implementing a
Comprehensive Equilibrium Equations Method with Force Densities

• Abstract: A general approach is presented to analyze tensegrity structures by examining their equilibrium. It belongs to the class of equilibrium equations methods with force densities. The redundancies are treated by employing Castigliano’s second theorem, which gives the additional required equations. The partial derivatives, which appear in the additional equations, are numerically replaced by statically acceptable internal forces which are applied on the structure. For both statically determinate and indeterminate tensegrity structures, the properties of the resulting linear system of equations give an indication about structural stability. This method requires a relatively small number of computations, it is direct (there is no iteration procedure and calculation of auxiliary parameters) and is characterized by its simplicity. It is tested on both 2D and 3D tensegrity structures. Results obtained with the method compare favorably with those obtained by the Dynamic Relaxation Method or the Adaptive Force Density Method.
PubDate: Sun, 25 Dec 2016 13:55:36 +000

• Revisited Optimal Error Bounds for Interpolatory Integration Rules

• Abstract: We present a unified way to obtain optimal error bounds for general interpolatory integration rules. The method is based on the Peano form of the error term when we use Taylor’s expansion. These bounds depend on the regularity of the integrand. The method of integration by parts “backwards” to obtain bounds is also discussed. The analysis includes quadrature rules with nodes outside the interval of integration. Best error bounds for composite integration rules are also obtained. Some consequences of symmetry are discussed.
PubDate: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 05:45:03 +000

• Analysis of Subgrid Stabilization Method for Stokes-Darcy Problems

• Abstract: A number of techniques, used as remedy to the instability of the Galerkin finite element formulation for Stokes like problems, are found in the literature. In this work we consider a coupled Stokes-Darcy problem, where in one part of the domain the fluid motion is described by Stokes equations and for the other part the fluid is in a porous medium and described by Darcy law and the conservation of mass. Such systems can be discretized by heterogeneous mixed finite elements in the two parts. A better method, from a computational point of view, consists in using a unified approach on both subdomains. Here, the coupled Stokes-Darcy problem is analyzed using equal-order velocity and pressure approximation combined with subgrid stabilization. We prove that the obtained finite element solution is stable and converges to the classical solution with optimal rates for both velocity and pressure.
PubDate: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:19:10 +000

• Analysis of a Decoupled Time-Stepping Scheme for Evolutionary Micropolar
Fluid Flows

• Abstract: Micropolar fluid model consists of Navier-Stokes equations and microrotational velocity equations describing the dynamics of flows in which microstructure of fluid is important. In this paper, we propose and analyze a decoupled time-stepping algorithm for the evolutionary micropolar flow. The proposed method requires solving only one uncoupled Navier-Stokes and one microrotation subphysics problem per time step. We derive optimal order error estimates in suitable norms without assuming any stability condition or time step size restriction.
PubDate: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:01:27 +000

• Lebesgue Constant Using Sinc Points

• Abstract: Lebesgue constant for Lagrange approximation at Sinc points will be examined. We introduce a new barycentric form for Lagrange approximation at Sinc points. Using Thiele’s algorithm we show that the Lebesgue constant grows logarithmically as the number of interpolation Sinc points increases. A comparison between the obtained upper bound of Lebesgue constant using Sinc points and other upper bounds for different set of points, like equidistant and Chebyshev points, is introduced.
PubDate: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:21:25 +000

• A Finite Volume-Complete Flux Scheme for a Polluted Groundwater Site

• Abstract: We present a model of a polluted groundwater site. The model consists of a coupled system of advection-diffusion-reaction equations for the groundwater level and the concentration of the pollutant. We use the complete flux scheme for the space discretization in combination with the -method for time integration and we prove a new stability result for the scheme. Numerical results are computed for the Guarani Aquifer in South America and they show good agreement with results in literature.
PubDate: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:44:03 +000

• Selection of an Interval for Variable Shape Parameter in Approximation by

• Abstract: In radial basis function approximation, the shape parameter can be variable. The values of the variable shape parameter strategies are selected from an interval which is usually determined by trial and error. As yet there is not any algorithm for determining an appropriate interval, although there are some recipes for optimal values. In this paper, a novel algorithm for determining an interval is proposed. Different variable shape parameter strategies are examined. The results show that the determined interval significantly improved the accuracy and is suitable enough to count on in variable shape parameter strategies.
PubDate: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:55:30 +000

• Analysis of Linear Piecewise Constant Delay Systems Using a Hybrid
Numerical Scheme

• Abstract: An efficient computational technique for solving linear delay differential equations with a piecewise constant delay function is presented. The new approach is based on a hybrid of block-pulse functions and Legendre polynomials. A key feature of the proposed framework is the excellent representation of smooth and especially piecewise smooth functions. The operational matrices of delay, derivative, and product corresponding to the mentioned hybrid functions are implemented to transform the original problem into a system of algebraic equations. Illustrative examples are included to demonstrate the validity and applicability of the proposed numerical scheme.
PubDate: Sun, 07 Aug 2016 13:29:54 +000

• Remarks on Numerical Experiments of the Allen-Cahn Equations with
Constraint via Yosida Approximation

• Abstract: We consider a one-dimensional Allen-Cahn equation with constraint from the viewpoint of numerical analysis. The constraint is provided by the subdifferential of the indicator function on the closed interval, which is the multivalued function. Therefore, it is very difficult to perform a numerical experiment of our equation. In this paper we approximate the constraint by the Yosida approximation. Then, we study the approximating system of the original model numerically. In particular, we give the criteria for the standard forward Euler method to give the stable numerical experiments of the approximating equation. Moreover, we provide the numerical experiments of the approximating equation.
PubDate: Tue, 07 Jun 2016 12:12:45 +000

• Eighth-Order Compact Finite Difference Scheme for 1D Heat Conduction
Equation

• Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to develop a high-order compact finite difference method for solving one-dimensional (1D) heat conduction equation with Dirichlet and Neumann boundary conditions, respectively. A parameter is used for the direct implementation of Dirichlet and Neumann boundary conditions. The introduced parameter adjusts the position of the neighboring nodes very next to the boundary. In the case of Dirichlet boundary condition, we developed eighth-order compact finite difference method for the entire domain and fourth-order accurate proposal is presented for the Neumann boundary conditions. In the case of Dirichlet boundary conditions, the introduced parameter behaves like a free parameter and could take any value from its defined domain but for the Neumann boundary condition we obtained a particular value of the parameter. In both proposed compact finite difference methods, the order of accuracy is the same for all nodes. The time discretization is performed by using Crank-Nicholson finite difference method. The unconditional convergence of the proposed methods is presented. Finally, a set of 1D heat conduction equations is solved to show the validity and accuracy of our proposed methods.
PubDate: Mon, 16 May 2016 10:05:30 +000

• Preconditioning and Uniform Convergence for Convection-Diffusion Problems
Discretized on Shishkin-Type Meshes

• Abstract: A one-dimensional linear convection-diffusion problem with a perturbation parameter multiplying the highest derivative is considered. The problem is solved numerically by using the standard upwind scheme on special layer-adapted meshes. It is proved that the numerical solution is -uniform accurate in the maximum norm. This is done by a new proof technique in which the discrete system is preconditioned in order to enable the use of the principle where “-uniform stability plus -uniform consistency implies -uniform convergence.” Without preconditioning, this principle cannot be applied to convection-diffusion problems because the consistency error is not uniform in . At the same time, the condition number of the discrete system becomes independent of due to the same preconditioner; otherwise, the condition number of the discrete system before preconditioning increases when tends to 0. We obtained such results in an earlier paper, but only for the standard Shishkin mesh. In a nontrivial generalization, we show here that the same proof techniques can be applied to the whole class of Shishkin-type meshes.
PubDate: Sun, 28 Feb 2016 10:40:31 +000

• The Exponential Cubic B-Spline Algorithm for Korteweg-de Vries Equation

• Abstract: The exponential cubic B-spline algorithm is presented to find the numerical solutions of the Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation. The problem is reduced to a system of algebraic equations, which is solved by using a variant of Thomas algorithm. Numerical experiments are carried out to demonstrate the efficiency of the suggested algorithm.
PubDate: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:07:04 +000

• Approximation Properties of a Gradient Recovery Operator Using a
Biorthogonal System

• Abstract: A gradient recovery operator based on projecting the discrete gradient onto the standard finite element space is considered. We use an oblique projection, where the test and trial spaces are different, and the bases of these two spaces form a biorthogonal system. Biorthogonality allows efficient computation of the recovery operator. We analyze the approximation properties of the gradient recovery operator. Numerical results are presented in the two-dimensional case.
PubDate: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 06:34:06 +000

• A Fourth-Order Collocation Scheme for Two-Point Interface Boundary Value
Problems

• Abstract: A fourth-order accurate orthogonal spline collocation scheme is formulated to approximate linear two-point boundary value problems with interface conditions. The coefficients of the differential operator may have jump discontinuities at the interface point, a nodal point of the scheme. Existence and uniqueness of the numerical solution are proved. Optimal order error estimates in the maximum norm are obtained, and a superconvergence property of the numerical solution in the maximal nodal norm is proved. Numerical results are presented confirming the theoretical estimates.
PubDate: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:55:44 +000

• A Method to Accelerate the Convergence of the Secant Algorithm

• Abstract: We present an acceleration technique for the Secant method. The Secant method is a root-searching algorithm for a general function . We exploit the fact that the combination of two Secant steps leads to an improved, so-called first-order approximant of the root. The original Secant algorithm can be modified to a first-order accelerated algorithm which generates a sequence of first-order approximants. This process can be repeated: two th order approximants can be combined in a th order approximant and the algorithm can be modified to an th order accelerated algorithm which generates a sequence of such approximants. We show that the sequence of th order approximants converges to the root with the same order as methods using polynomial fits of of degree .
PubDate: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:08:14 +000

• Iterative Algorithms for a Finite Family of Multivalued Quasi-Nonexpansive
Mappings

• Abstract: Let be a nonempty closed and convex subset of a uniformly convex real Banach space and let be multivalued quasi-nonexpansive mappings. A new iterative algorithm is constructed and the corresponding sequence is proved to be an approximating fixed point sequence of each ; that is, . Then, convergence theorems are proved under appropriate additional conditions. Our results extend and improve some important recent results (e.g., Abbas et al. (2011)).
PubDate: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:18:11 +000

• Identifying an Unknown Coefficient in the Reaction-Diffusion Equation
Using He’s VIM

• Abstract: An inverse heat problem of finding an unknown parameter p(t) in the parabolic initial-boundary value problem is solved with variational iteration method (VIM). For solving the discussed inverse problem, at first we transform it into a nonlinear direct problem and then use the proposed method. Also an error analysis is presented for the method and prior and posterior error bounds of the approximate solution are estimated. The main property of the method is in its flexibility and ability to solve nonlinear equation accurately and conveniently. Some examples are given to illustrate the effectiveness and convenience of the method.
PubDate: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:20:05 +000

• A Third-Order Newton-Type Method for Finding Polar Decomposition

• Abstract: It is attempted to present an iteration method for finding polar decomposition. The approach is categorized in the scope of Newton-type methods. Error analysis and rate of convergence are studied. Some illustrations are also given to disclose the numerical behavior of the proposed method.
PubDate: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:08:45 +000

• The Perturbation Bound for the Spectral Radius of a Nonnegative Tensor

• Abstract: We study the perturbation bound for the spectral radius of an mth-order n-dimensional nonnegative tensor . The main contribution of this paper is to show that when is perturbed to a nonnegative tensor by , the absolute difference between the spectral radii of and is bounded by the largest magnitude of the ratio of the ith component of and the ith component , where is an eigenvector associated with the largest eigenvalue of in magnitude and its entries are positive. We further derive the bound in terms of the entries of only when is not known in advance. Based on the perturbation analysis, we make use of the NQZ algorithmto estimate the spectral radius of a nonnegative tensor in general. On the other hand, we study the backward error matrix and obtain its smallest error bound for its perturbed largest eigenvalue and associated eigenvector of an irreducible nonnegative tensor. Based on the backward error analysis, we can estimate the stability of computation of the largest eigenvalue of an irreducible nonnegative tensor by the NQZ algorithm. Numerical examples are presented to illustrate the theoretical results of our perturbation analysis.
PubDate: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 08:06:00 +000

• On the Stream Function-Vorticity Finite Element Formulation for
Incompressible Flow in Porous Media

• Abstract: Stream function-vorticity finite element formulation for incompressible flow in porous media is presented. The model consists of the heat equation, the equation for the concentration, and the equations of motion under the Darcy law. The existence of solution for the discrete problem is established. Optimal a priori error estimates are given.
PubDate: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:14:19 +000

• Error Analysis for a Noisy Lacunary Cubic Spline Interpolation and a
Simple Noisy Cubic Spline Quasi Interpolation

• Abstract: We mainly present the error analysis for two new cubic spline based methods; one is a lacunary interpolation method and the other is a very simplequasi interpolation method. The new methods are able to reconstruct a function and its first two derivatives from noisy function data. The explicit error bounds for the methodsare given and proved. Numerical tests and comparisons are performed. Numerical results verify the efficiency of our methods.
PubDate: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:10:39 +000

• A Meshless Method for the Numerical Solution of a Two-Dimension IHCP

• Abstract: This paper uses the collocation method and radial basis functions (RBFs) to analyze the solution of a two-dimension inverse heat conduction problem (IHCP). The accuracy of the method is tested in terms of Error and RMS errors. Also, the stability of the technique is investigated by perturbing the additional specification data by increasing the amounts of random noise. The results of numerical experiments are compared with the analytical solution in illustrative examples to confirm the accuracy and efficiency of the presented scheme.
PubDate: Sun, 03 Aug 2014 06:45:04 +000

• An Efficient Family of Traub-Steffensen-Type Methods for Solving Systems
of Nonlinear Equations

• Abstract: Based on Traub-Steffensen method, we present a derivative free three-step family of sixth-order methods for solving systems of nonlinear equations. The local convergence order of the family is determined using first-order divided difference operator for functions of several variables and direct computation by Taylor's expansion. Computational efficiency is discussed, and a comparison between the efficiencies of the proposed techniques with the existing ones is made. Numerical tests are performed to compare the methods of the proposed family with the existing methods and to confirm the theoretical results. It is shown that the new family is especially efficient in solving large systems.
PubDate: Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:14:36 +000

• On Nonlinear Inverse Problems of Heat Transfer with Radiation Boundary
Conditions: Application to Dehydration of Gypsum Plasterboards Exposed to
Fire

• Abstract: The paper investigates boundary optimal controls and parameter estimates to the well-posedness nonlinear model of dehydration of thermic problems. We summarize the general formulations for the boundary control for initial-boundary value problem for nonlinear partial differential equations modeling the heat transfer and derive necessary optimality conditions, including the adjoint equation, for the optimal set of parameters minimizing objective functions . Numerical simulations illustrate several numerical optimization methods, examples, and realistic cases, in which several interesting phenomena are observed. A large amount of computational effort is required to solve the coupled state equation and the adjoint equation (which is backwards in time), and the algebraic gradient equation (which implements the coupling between the adjoint and control variables). The state and adjoint equations are solved using the finite element method.
PubDate: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:39:37 +000

• General Family of Third Order Methods for Multiple Roots of Nonlinear
Equations and Basin Attractors for Various Methods

• Abstract: A general scheme of third order convergence is described for finding multiple roots of nonlinear equations. The proposed scheme requires one evaluation of , and each per iteration and contains several known one-point third order methods for finding multiple roots, as particular cases. Numerical examples are included to confirm the theoretical results and demonstrate convergence behavior of the proposed methods. In the end, we provide the basins of attraction for some methods to observe their dynamics in the complex plane.
PubDate: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:39:23 +000

• Monotonicity Preserving Rational Quadratic Fractal Interpolation Functions

• Abstract: Fractal interpolation is an advanced technique for analysis and synthesis of scientific and engineering data. We introduce the -rational quadratic fractal interpolation functions (FIFs) through a suitable rational quadratic iterated function system (IFS). The novel notionof shape preserving fractal interpolation without any shape parameter is introduced through the rational fractal interpolation model in the literature for the first time. For a prescribed set of monotonic data, we derive the sufficient conditions by restricting the scaling factors for shape preserving -rational quadratic FIFs. A local modification pertaining to any subinterval is possible in this model if the scaling factors are chosen appropriately. We establish the convergence results of a monotonic rational quadratic FIF to the original function in . For given data with derivatives at grids, our approach generates several monotonicity preserving rational quadratic FIFs, whereas this flexibility is not available in the classical approach. Finally, numerical experiments support the importance of the developed rational quadratic IFS scheme through construction of visually pleasing monotonic rational fractal curves includingthe classical one.
PubDate: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 07:25:34 +000

• Nonlinear Double-Layer Bragg Waveguide: Analytical and Numerical
Approaches to Investigate Waveguiding Problem

• Abstract: The paper is concerned with propagation of surface TE waves in a circular nonhomogeneous two-layered dielectric waveguide filled with nonlinear medium. The problem is reduced to the analysis of anonlinear integral equation with a kernel in the form of the Green function. The existence of propagating TE waves for chosen nonlinearity (the Kerr law) is proved using the contraction mapping method. Conditions under which k waves can propagate are obtained, and intervals of localization of the corresponding propagation constants are found. For numerical solution of the problem, a method based on solving an auxiliary Cauchy problem (the shooting method) is proposed. In numerical experiment, two types of nonlinearities are considered and compared: the Kerr nonlinearity and nonlinearity with saturation. New propagation regime is found.
PubDate: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:08:52 +000

• A New Upper Bound for of a Strictly -Diagonally Dominant -Matrix

• Abstract: A new upper bound for of a real strictly diagonally dominant -matrix is present, and a new lower bound of the smallest eigenvalue of is given, which improved the results in the literature. Furthermore, an upper bound for of a real strictly -diagonally dominant -matrix is shown.
PubDate: Thu, 26 Dec 2013 15:23:54 +000

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