Journal of Engineering Mathematics

, Volume 66, Issue 1, pp 153-173

Computation of fluxes of conservation laws

  • Alexei F. CheviakovAffiliated withDepartment of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Saskatchewan Email author 

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The direct method for the construction of local conservation laws of partial differential equations (PDE) is a systematic method applicable to a wide class of PDE systems (S. Anco and G. Bluman, Eur J Appl Math 13:567–585, 2002). According to the direct method one seeks multipliers, such that the linear combination of PDEs of a given system with these multipliers yields a divergence expression. Once local-conservation-law multipliers have been found, one needs to reconstruct the fluxes of the conservation law. In this review paper, common methods of flux computation are discussed, compared, and illustrated by examples. An implementation of these methods in symbolic software is also presented.


Conservation laws Direct construction method Multipliers Symbolic software