A well-balanced numerical scheme for a model of two-phase flows with treatment of nonconservative terms

  • Mai Duc ThanhEmail author


We construct a numerical scheme for a model of two-phase flows. The keystone is the treatment of nonconservative terms using stationary contact discontinuities. The nonconservative terms are absorbed into left-hand and right-hand states of the local stationary contact discontinuity at each grid node. The numerical scheme is built by taking into accounts the states on both sides of local contact discontinuities as supplemented facts of a standard numerical approximation for the conservative part of the system. The scheme is shown to possess interesting properties: it preserves the positivity of the volume fractions in both phases and the positivity of the gas density, it is well-balanced and satisfying the numerical minimum entropy principle in the gas phase.


Two-phase flow Nonconservative term Numerical approximation Well-balanced scheme Accuracy Shock Discontinuity 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2010)

35L65 65M06 76T10 


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The author would like to thank the reviewers for their very constructive comments and fruitful discussions.

Funding information

This research is funded by Vietnam National University HoChiMinh City (VNU-HCM) under grant number B2018-28-01.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsInternational University, Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh CityHo Chi Minh CityVietnam

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