Journal of Scientific Computing

, Volume 56, Issue 2, pp 267–290 | Cite as

A Well-Balanced Reconstruction of Wet/Dry Fronts for the Shallow Water Equations

  • Andreas Bollermann
  • Guoxian Chen
  • Alexander Kurganov
  • Sebastian NoelleEmail author


In this paper, we construct a well-balanced, positivity preserving finite volume scheme for the shallow water equations based on a continuous, piecewise linear discretization of the bottom topography. The main new technique is a special reconstruction of the flow variables in wet–dry cells, which is presented in this paper for the one dimensional case. We realize the new reconstruction in the framework of the second-order semi-discrete central-upwind scheme from (Kurganov and Petrova, Commun. Math. Sci., 5(1):133–160, 2007). The positivity of the computed water height is ensured following (Bollermann et al., Commun. Comput. Phys., 10:371–404, 2011): The outgoing fluxes are limited in case of draining cells.


Hyperbolic systems of conservation and balance laws Saint-Venant system of shallow water equations Finite volume methods Well-balanced schemes Positivity preserving schemes Wet/dry fronts 



The first ideas for this work were discussed by the authors at a meeting at the “Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach”. The authors are grateful for the support and inspiring atmosphere there. The research of A. Kurganov was supported in part by the NSF Grant DMS-1115718 and the ONR Grant N000141210833. The research of A. Bollermann, G. Chen and S. Noelle was supported by DFG Grant NO361/3-1 and No361/3-2. G. Chen is partially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11001211, 51178359).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Bollermann
    • 1
  • Guoxian Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alexander Kurganov
    • 3
  • Sebastian Noelle
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.IGPM, RWTH Aachen University of TechnologyAachenGermany
  2. 2.School of Mathematics and StatisticsWuhan UniversityWuhanPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Mathematics DepartmentTulane UniversityNew OrleansUSA

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