To enter coefficients for your PDE, select PDE > PDE Specification.
Enter text expressions using these conventions:
x — x-coordinate
y — y-coordinate
u — Solution of equation
ux — Derivative of u in the
uy — Derivative of u in the
t — Time (parabolic and hyperbolic equations)
sd — Subdomain number
For example, you could use this expression to represent a coefficient:
(x + y)./(x.^2 + y.^2 + 1) + 3 + sin(t)./(1 + u.^4)
For elliptic problems, when you include
uy, you must use the nonlinear solver. Select Solve >
Parameters > Use nonlinear solver.
Do not use quotes or unnecessary spaces in your entries. The parser can misinterpret a space as a vector separator, as when a MATLAB® vector uses a space to separate elements of a vector.
.^ for multiplication, division, and exponentiation
operations. The text expressions operate on row vectors, so the operations
must make sense for row vectors. The row vectors are the values at the
triangle centroids in the mesh.
You can write MATLAB functions for coefficients as well as plain text expressions. For example,
suppose your coefficient
f is given by the file
function f = fcoeff(x,y,t,sd) f = (x.*y)./(1 + x.^2 + y.^2); % f on subdomain 1 f = f + log(1 + t); % include time r = (sd == 2); % subdomain 2 f2 = cos(x + y); % coefficient on subdomain 2 f(r) = f2(r); % f on subdomain 2
fcoeff(x,y,t,sd) as the f coefficient in
The coefficient c is a 2-by-2 matrix. You can give 1-, 2-, 3-, or 4-element matrix expressions. Separate the expressions for elements by spaces. These expressions mean:
For example, c is a symmetric matrix with constant diagonal entries
cos(xy) as the off-diagonal terms:
This corresponds to coefficients for the parabolic equation
You can enter coefficients for a system with N =
2 equations in the PDE Modeler app. To do so, open the PDE
Modeler app and select
Then select PDE > PDE Specification.
Enter character expressions for coefficients using the form in Coefficients for Scalar PDEs, with additional options for nonlinear equations. The additional options are:
ith component of the solution
i = 1 or 2.
Similarly, represent the
ith components of the gradients of
i = 1 or 2.
For elliptic problems, when you include coefficients
uy(i), you must use the
nonlinear solver. Select Solve > Parameters > Use nonlinear
Do not use quotes or unnecessary spaces in your entries.
For higher-dimensional systems, do not use the PDE Modeler app. Represent your problem coefficients at the command line.
You can enter scalars into the
c matrix, corresponding to these
If you need matrix versions of any of the
cij coefficients, enter
expressions separated by spaces. You can give 1-, 2-, 3-, or 4-element matrix
expressions. These mean:
For example, these expressions show one of each type (1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-element expressions)
These expressions correspond to the equations
This example shows how to enter time- and coordinate-dependent coefficients in the PDE Modeler app.
Solve the parabolic PDE,
with the following coefficients:
d = 5
a = 0
f is a linear ramp up to 10, holds at 10, then ramps back down to 0:
c = 1 +.x2 + y2
To solve this equation in the PDE Modeler app, follow these steps:
Write the file
framp.m and save it on your MATLAB path.
function f = framp(t) if t <= 0.1 f = 10*t; elseif t <= 0.9 f = 1; else f = 10-10*t; end f = 10*f;
Open the PDE Modeler app by using the
Display grid lines by selecting Options > Grid.
Align new shapes to the grid lines by selecting Options > Snap.
Draw a rectangle with the corners at (-1,-0.4), (-1,0.4), (1,0.4), and (1,-0.4). To do this, first click the button. Then click one of the corners using the left mouse button and drag to draw a rectangle.
Draw a circle with the radius 0.2 and the center at (0.5,0). To do this, first click the button. Then right-click the origin and drag to draw a circle. Right-clicking constrains the shape you draw so that it is a circle rather than an ellipse. If the circle is not a perfect unit circle, double-click it. In the resulting dialog box, specify the exact center location and radius of the circle.
Model the geometry by entering
R1-C1 in the Set
Check that the application mode is set to Generic Scalar.
Specify the boundary conditions. To do this, switch to the boundary mode by selecting Boundary > Boundary Mode. Use Shift+click to select several boundaries. Then select Boundary > Specify Boundary Conditions.
For the rectangle, use the Dirichlet boundary condition with
h = 1 and
r = t*(x-y).
For the circle, use the Neumann boundary condition with
q = 1.
Specify the coefficients by selecting PDE > PDE Specification or clicking the PDE button on the toolbar.
Select the Parabolic type of PDE. Specify
a = 0,
d = 5.
Do not include quotes or spaces when you specify your coefficients the PDE Modeler app. The parser interprets all inputs as vectors of characters. It can misinterpret a space as a vector separator, as when a MATLAB vector uses a space to separate elements of a vector.
Initialize the mesh by selecting Mesh > Initialize Mesh.
Refine the mesh twice by selecting Mesh > Refine Mesh.
Improve the triangle quality by selecting Mesh > Jiggle Mesh.
Set the initial value and the solution time. To do this, select Solve > Parameters.
In the resulting dialog box, set the time to
linspace(0,1,50) and the initial value u(t0) to
Solve the equation by selecting Solve > Solve PDE or clicking the = button on the toolbar.
Visualize the solution as a 3-D static plot. To do this:
Select Plot > Parameters.
In the resulting dialog box, select the Color and Height (3-D plot) options.
Select the Show mesh option.
Change the colormap to
jet by using the
corresponding drop-down menu in the same dialog box.