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On explicit and numerical solvability of parabolic initial-boundary value problems

Boundary Value Problems20062006:75458

DOI: 10.1155/BVP/2006/75458

Received: 26 June 2005

Accepted: 22 March 2006

Published: 31 May 2006


A homogeneous boundary condition is constructed for the parabolic equation in an arbitrary cylindrical domain ( being a bounded domain, and being the identity operator and the Laplacian) which generates an initial-boundary value problem with an explicit formula of the solution . In the paper, the result is obtained not just for the operator , but also for an arbitrary parabolic differential operator , where is an elliptic operator in of an even order with constant coefficients. As an application, the usual Cauchy-Dirichlet boundary value problem for the homogeneous equation in is reduced to an integral equation in a thin lateral boundary layer. An approximate solution to the integral equation generates a rather simple numerical algorithm called boundary layer element method which solves the 3D Cauchy-Dirichlet problem (with three spatial variables).


Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Mathematics, University of Haifa
Department of Mathematics, Natural Sciences Programs, Lesley Collage, Lesley University


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