Issues with positivity-preserving Patankar-type schemes

Davide Torlo, Philipp Öffner, Hendrik Ranocha

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Patankar-type schemes are linearly implicit time integration methods designed to be unconditionally positivity-preserving. However, there are only little results on their stability or robustness. We suggest two approaches to analyze the performance and robustness of these methods. In particular, we demonstrate problematic behaviors of these methods that, even on very simple linear problems, can lead to undesired oscillations and order reduction for vanishing initial condition. Finally, we demonstrate in numerical simulations that our theoretical results for linear problems apply analogously to nonlinear stiff problems.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-147
Number of pages31
JournalApplied Numerical Mathematics
StatePublished - Aug 17 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Numerical Analysis


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