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EPSRC Reference: EP/V005529/1
Title: Hyperbolic problems with discontinuous coefficients
Principal Investigator: Garetto, Dr C
Other Investigators:
Ruzhansky, Professor M
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Department: Mathematical Sciences
Organisation: Loughborough University
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 July 2021 Ends: 30 June 2025 Value (£): 587,022
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Mathematical Analysis Non-linear Systems Mathematics
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
31 Aug 2020 EPSRC Mathematical Sciences Prioritisation Panel September 2020 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Linear and nonlinear hyperbolic PDEs arise in all sciences (physics, chemistry, medicine, engineering, astronomy, etc). In particular, in physics they model several important phenomena, from propagation of waves in a medium (for instance propagation of seismic waves during an earthquake) to refraction in crystals and gas-dynamics. When modelling wave propagation trough a multi-layered medium, for instance the subsoil during an earthquake, it is physically meaningful to make use of discontinuous functions.

This project wants to study the largest possible class of hyperbolic equations and systems: with variable multiplicities and discontinuous coefficients (depending on time and space). This is notoriously a very difficult problem due to the presence of multiplicities and the low-regularity of the coefficients. It will require the development of new analytical methods which will be first introduced under assumptions of regularity (first part of the project) and then gradually adapted to less regular coefficients (second part of the project).

In order to provide a unified approach to hyperbolic problems with discontinuous coefficients, we will test the strength of our new analytical methods numerically. This will build a bridge between two different approaches to hyperbolic PDEs (analytical and numerical), a bridge based on analysis, comparison and implementation of new ideas.

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