Acta Mechanica

, Volume 94, Issue 1, pp 105–112

An efficient marching algorithm for waterhammer analysis by the method of characteristics

  • P. Thanapandi

DOI: 10.1007/BF01177009

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Thanapandi, P. Acta Mechanica (1992) 94: 105. doi:10.1007/BF01177009


A new fast and efficient marching algorithm is introduced to solve the basic quasilinear, hyperbolic partial differential equations describing unsteady, flow in conduits by the method of characteristics. The details of the marching method are presented with an illustration of the waterhammer problem in a simple piping system both for friction and frictionless cases. It is shown that for the same accuracy the new marching method requires fewer computational steps, less computer memory and time.

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© Springer-Verlag 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Thanapandi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia

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