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Extreme Physics by Jon Larsen, Jeff Colvin

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12 Numerical simulations

The previous chapter addressed important numerical issues to be considered when constructing a hydrodynamics simulation code. In this chapter we apply what we learned in the previous chapter to two of the physics blocks shown in Figure 11.2: the HYDRODYNAMICS and THERMAL TRANSPORT modules. These are, perhaps, the most important modules for a hydrodynamics simulation code. For reasons previously discussed, we adopt the Lagrangian frame of reference.

We conclude the chapter by testing some aspects of the simulation software, and present a simulation of an actual laboratory experiment.

12.1 Lagrangian hydrodynamics

In Chapter 4 we developed the differential equations governing the behavior of plasmas and fluids. We now address ...

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