Analysis of a mixed space-time diffusion equation

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An energy method is used to analyze the stability of solutions of a mixed space-time diffusion equation that has application in the unidirectional flow of a second-grade fluid and the distribution of a compound Poisson process. Solutions to the model equation satisfying Dirichlet boundary conditions are proven to dissipate total energy and are hence stable. The stability of asymptotic solutions satisfying Neumann boundary conditions coincides with the condition for the positivity of numerical solutions of the model equation from a Crank–Nicolson scheme. The Crank–Nicolson scheme is proven to yield stable numerical solutions for both Dirichlet and Neumann boundary conditions for positive values of the critical parameter. Numerical solutions are compared to analytical solutions that are valid on a finite domain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1175-1186
Number of pages12
JournalZeitschrift fur Angewandte Mathematik und Physik
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Crank–Nicolson scheme
  • Dissipation of total energy
  • Energy method
  • Stable numerical method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Mathematics
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Applied Mathematics


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