3.5 Falle and Komissarov upwind scheme

Instead of starting from the conservative form of the hydrodynamic equations, one can use a primitive-variable formulation in quasi-linear form

where is any set of primitive variables. A local linearization of the above system allows one to obtain the solution of the Riemann problem, and from this the numerical fluxes needed to advance a conserved version of the equations in time.

Falle & Komissarov [55] have considered two different algorithms to solve the local Riemann problems in SRHD by extending the methods devised in [53]. In a first algorithm, the intermediate states of the Riemann problem at both sides of the contact discontinuity, and , are obtained by solving the system

where is the right eigenvector of associated with sound waves moving upstream and is the right eigenvector of of sound waves moving downstream. The continuity of pressure and of the normal component of the velocity across the contact discontinuity allows one to obtain the wave strengths and from the above expressions, and hence the linear approximation to the intermediate state .

In the second algorithm proposed by Falle & Komissarov [55], a linearization of system (31) is obtained by constructing a constant matrix . The solution of the corresponding Riemann problem is that of a linear system with matrix , i.e.,

or, equivalently,

with

where , , and are the eigenvalues and the right and left eigenvectors of , respectively (p runs from 1 to the total number of equations of the system).

In both algorithms, the final step involves the computation of the numerical fluxes for the conservation equations

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