Linearly implicit schemes for multi-dimensional Kuramoto-Sivashinsky type equations arising in falling film flows
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This study introduces, analyses and implements space-time discretizations of two-dimensional active dissipative partial differential equations such as the Topper-Kawahara equationthis is the two-dimensional extension of the dispersively modified Kuramoto-Sivashinsky equation found in falling film hydro-dynamics. The spatially periodic initial value problem is considered as the size of the periodic box increases. The schemes utilized are implicit-explicit multistep (BDF) in time and spectral in space. Numerical analysis of these schemes is carried out and error estimates, in both time and space, are derived. Preliminary numerical experiments provided strong evidence of analyticity, thus yielding a practical rule-of-thumb that determines the size of the truncation in Fourier space. The accuracy of the BDF schemes (of order 1-6) is confirmed through computations. Extensive computations into the strongly chaotic regime (as the domain size increases), provided an optimal estimate of the size of the absorbing ball as a function of the size of the domainthis estimate is found to be proportional to the area of the periodic box. Numerical experiments were also carried out in the presence of dispersion. It is observed that sufficient amounts of dispersion reduce the complexity of the chaotic dynamics, and can organize solution into nonlinear travelling wave pulses of permanent form. © 2015 The Authors.