# PDEs on Meshes¶

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This tour explores the numerical computation of PDE on meshes. The spacial derivatives are replaced by discrete Laplacian operators on meshes. The time derivatives are computed with explicit time stepping.

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addpath('toolbox_signal')


## Spacial Differential Operator¶

We first define differential operator using sparse matrices.

Load a mesh of $n$ vertices.

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name = 'bunny';
clear options;
options.name = name;
n = size(X0,2);
options.name = name;


Display it.

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clf;
plot_mesh(X0,F,options);


Exercise 1

Compute the cotangent Laplacian $W$ of the mesh $$W_{i,j} = \text{cot}(\al_{i,j}) + \text{cot}(\be_{i,j})$$ where $\al_{i,j}$ and $\be_{i,j}$ are the two angles oposite the the edge $(i,j)$.

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exo1()

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%% Insert your code here.


Compute the symmetric Laplacian matrix $L=D-W$ where $D = \text{diag}_i( \sum_j W_{i,j} )$

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d = full( sum(W,1) );
D = spdiags(d(:), 0, n,n);
L = D - W;


Compute normalized operators $\tilde W = D^{-1}W$ and $\tilde L = D^{-1}L$.

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iD = spdiags(d(:).^(-1), 0, n,n);
tW = iD * W;
tL = iD * L;


## The Heat Equation on a Function¶

The heat equation is the prototype of parabolic PDE. It produces a smoothing of the initial data that increases with time.

This PDE computes a function $f(x,t)$ of space and time that solves $$\pd{f}{t} = -\tilde L f \qandq f(\cdot,t=0) = f_0.$$

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M = load_image('lena',256);


Compute spherical coordinates $(\th,\phi)$.

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v = X0 - repmat(mean(X0,2), [1 n]);
theta = acos(v(1,:)./sqrt(sum(v.^2)))/pi;
phi = (atan2(v(2,:),v(3,:))/pi+1)/2;


Interpolate the texture on the mesh to obtain $f_0$.

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x = linspace(0,1,size(M,1));
f0 = interp2(x,x,M',theta,phi)';


Display the initial condition $f_0$ as a function on the mesh.

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options.face_vertex_color = f0(:);
clf;
plot_mesh(X0,F, options);
lighting none;


The PDE is discretized as $$f^{(\ell+1)} = f^{(\ell)} - \tau \tilde L f^{(\ell)}.$$ Here $f^{(\ell)}$ is intended to approximate $f(\cdot,t)$ at time $t=\ell\tau$.

Final time.

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Tmax = 50;


The time step $\tau$ should be smaller than 1 to ensure stability of the scheme.

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tau = .4;


Number of iterations of the method.

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niter = ceil(Tmax/tau);


Initial solution at time t=0.

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f = f0;


One step of discretization.

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f = f - tau*tL*f;


Exercise 2

Compute the linear heat diffusion.

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exo2()

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%% Insert your code here.


## The Heat Equation on a Surface¶

It is possible to apply the heat flow to each coordinate of the vertices $X$.

Initial solution at time t=0.

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X = X0;


We use an explicit discretization in time of the PDE. Here is one iteration. Note that since the matrix |X| stores the coordinates as row vectors, the application of $\tilde L$ is obtained by multiplication on the right by |tL'|.

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X = X - tau*X*tL';


Exercise 3

Compute the linear heat diffusion by iterating this gradient descent.

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exo3()