Analytic and Numerical Study of N-Waves Governed by the Nonplanar Burgers Equation


Professor P. L. Sachdev Department of Mathematics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India.


In this article, evolution of N-waves under the nonplanar Burgers equation, which takes into account geometrical expansion or contraction, is treated analytically. An exact asymptotic solution, generalizing that for the planar Burgers equation, is given for the case of expansion. An approximate treatement, using a balancing argument, gives asymptotic analytic results for both expansion and contraction. The analysis is fortified by an accurate numerical solution of the problem. This study is brought in close conjunction with the earlier work of Crighton and Scott [13] and Sachdev, Joseph and Nair [3].