
System of 1D PDEs with coupled boundary conditions
Posted:
Aug 22, 2013 10:15 AM


I've have a system of 4 parabolic PDE with boundary conditions that I would like to integrate in time starting from initial conditions.
I've been trying to put the system into the pdepe() format, but it seems that I can't give coupled boundary conditions, in particular something of the form: a*DuDx(1) + b*DuDx(2) + c*DuDx(3) = 0.
As far as I could see from the help, q(x,t) needs to be specified as a vectorvalued function that is elementwise multiplied with f(x,t,u,DuDx), which in my case is just DuDx. This does not allow to express linear combinations of elements of f() for a boundary condition.
If q(x,t) could be a matrixvalued function, then it could be done. Is it possible to somehow specify coupled boundary conditions in pdepe() ?
Alternatively, I've been looking at the pdetool() for 2D spatial PDE. It seems a bit more complicated to handle and I'll have to put a bit of time into it. At this point, I can't say directly from the UserGuide (2. Setting up your PDE >>Types of Boundary Conditions) if it can handle the coupled boundary conditions. Any help figuring this out is much appreciated.

