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An exact rescaling velocity method for some kinetic flocking models.


Thomas Rey, and Changhui Tan

SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, Volume 54, No 2, pp. 641-664 (2016).


In this work, we discuss kinetic descriptions of flocking models of the so-called Cucker–Smale [IEEE Trans. Automat. Control, 52 (2007), pp. 852–862] and Motsch–Tadmor [J. Statist. Phys., 144 (2011), pp. 923–947] types. These models are given by Vlasov-type equations where the interactions taken into account are only given long-range bi-particles interaction potentials. We introduce a new exact rescaling velocity method, inspired by the recent work [F. Filbet and T. Rey, J. Comput. Phys., 248 (2013) pp. 177–199], allowing us to observe numerically the flocking behavior of the solutions to these equations, without a need of remeshing or taking a very fine grid in the velocity space. To stabilize the exact method, we also introduce a modification of the classical upwind finite volume scheme which preserves the physical properties of the solution, such as momentum conservation.

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