The computation of general problems in one dimensional unsteady flow by the method of characteristics

  • N. E. Hoskin
  • B. D. Lambourn
Session IV Flow Field Calculations
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 8)


This paper describes the logical structure of a general purpose characteristic code RICSHAW which overcomes many of the difficulties that have previously discouraged the use of such codes. The code has the ability to consider multiple shocks, shock interactions and formation of shocks in compression waves in any number of regions using arbitrary equations of state. The relative advantages of characteristic and finite difference schemes are discussed and comparisons are given with calculations using a finite difference mesh code. It is shown that for similar usage of computer time the characteristic code gives smoother solutions, with much greater certainty of the position of shocks and other waves, and a physical insight into the wave phenomena that occur.


Unsteady Flow Blast Wave Compression Wave Negative Characteristic Characteristic Code 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. E. Hoskin
    • 1
  • B. D. Lambourn
    • 1
  1. 1.Atomic Weapons Research EstablishmentAldermastonEngland

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