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On Conservative Spatial Discretizations of the Barotropic Quasi-Gasdynamic System of Equations with a Potential Body Force

Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Physics. 2016. Vol. 56. No. 2. P. 303-319.

A multidimensional barotropic quasi-gasdynamic system of equations in the form of mass and momentum conservation laws with a general gas equation of state with $p=p(\rho)$ and $p'(\rho)>0$ potential body force is considered. For this system, two new symmetric spatial discretizations on nonuniform rectangular grids are constructed (in which the density and velocity are defined on the basic grid, while the components of the regularized mass flux and the viscous stress tensor are defined on staggered grids). These discretizations involve nonstandard approximations to $\nabla p(\rho)$, $\dv(\rho\bu)$ and $\rho$. As a result, a discrete total mass conservation law and a discrete energy inequality guaranteeing that the total energy does not grow with time can be derived. Importantly, these discretizations have the additional property of being well balanced for equilibrium solutions. Another conservative discretization is discussed in which all mass flux components and viscous stresses are defined on the same grid. For the simpler barotropic quasi-hydrodynamic system of equations, the corresponding simplifications of the constructed discretizations have similar properties.