An Explicit High-Order Single-Stage Single-Step Positivity-Preserving Finite Difference WENO Method for the Compressible Euler Equations

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© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York (outside the USA). In this work we construct a high-order, single-stage, single-step positivity-preserving method for the compressible Euler equations. Space is discretized with the finite difference weighted essentially non-oscillatory method. Time is discretized through a Lax–Wendroff procedure that is constructed from the Picard integral formulation of the partial differential equation. The method can be viewed as a modified flux approach, where a linear combination of a low- and high-order flux defines the numerical flux used for a single-step update. The coefficients of the linear combination are constructed by solving a simple optimization problem at each time step. The high-order flux itself is constructed through the use of Taylor series and the Cauchy–Kowalewski procedure that incorporates higher-order terms. Numerical results in one- and two-dimensions are presented.

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Journal of Scientific Computing