FSG3123 Perturbation Methods in Mechanics 7.5 credits

Störningsmetoder i mekanik

The course is designed for graduate students in the engineering sciences to provide to them familiarity with perturbation methods, with special focus on how these methods provide useful insight in mathematical problems encountered in physics and engineering. The solution of ordinary differential equations with one small/large parameter will be analyzed, both within the framework of regular- or singular-perturbation theory, with special attention on boundary-layer theory, WKB approaches and multiple-scale analyses. The extension of the methods to partial-differential equations will also be discussed.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course is designed for graduate students in the engineering sciences to provide to them familiarity with perturbation methods, with special focus on how these methods provide useful insight in mathematical problems encountered in physics and engineering. The solution of ordinary differential equations with one small/large parameter will be analyzed, both within the framework of regular- or singular-perturbation theory, with special attention on boundary-layer theory, WKB approaches and multiple-scale analyses. The extension of the methods to partial-differential equations will also be discussed.

Intended learning outcomes *

Once the course will be completed, the student should be able to:

• Explain basic concepts of perturbation techniques, such as order relationships, asymptotic sequences, asymptotic expansions and convergence issues.
• Propose a solution method for regular perturbation problems
• Explain the difference between a regular and a singular perturbation problem
• Analyze a singular problem by means of a balancing method, methods of strained coordinates and boundary-layer theory
• Determine inner and outer solutions for singular perturbation problems by means of boundary-layer theory and the composite form
• Use WKB methods to solve linear ordinary differential equations subjected to different length or time scales
• Perform a multiple-scale analysis on linear and non-linear problems
• Apply perturbation methods to partial-differential problems

Course Disposition

The course consists of 14 two-hour lectures with 6 assignments. From the 3rd meeting, lectures will alternate with problem-solving classes, where students will discuss at the whiteboard their solution of pre-assigned problems from the Wilcox book, possibly showing comparisons with numerically integrated equations or analytical solutions. The discussion of at least one assigned problem is compulsory to pass the course.

The final exam shall consist of a home assignment to be delivered to the teachers.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Basic knowledge of ordinary differential equations, Mechanics and Matlab.

Recommended prerequisites

Basic knowledge of ordinary differential equations, Mechanics and Matlab.

Equipment

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Literature

• D. Wilcox (1995) Perturbation methods in the computer age. DWC Industries Inc.
• E. J. Hinch (1991) Perturbation methods. Cambridge University Press.
• C. Bender & S. Orszag (2010) Advanced mathematical methods for scientists and engineers. Springer

Examination and completion

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Examination *

• DEL1 - Participation, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
• INL1 - Assignment, 6.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

DEL1 Participating 1,5 hp (P, F)

INL1 Inlämningsuppgift 6,0 hp (P, F)

Other requirements for final grade *

• Active participation to the lectures and, in particular, to the problem-solving classes.
• Homework assignment.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Further information

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SCI/Mechanics

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Third cycle

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Antonio Segalini

Ethical approach *

• All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
• In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
• In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Supplementary information

Teachers:

·      Dr. Antonio Segalini (KTH Mechanics)

·      Docent Anders Dahlkild (KTH Mechanics)