A Hamiltonian vorticity–dilatation formulation of the compressible Euler equations

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    Using the Hodge decomposition on bounded domains the compressible Euler equations of gas dynamics are reformulated using a density weighted vorticity and dilatation as primary variables, together with the entropy and density. This formulation is an extension to compressible flows of the well-known vorticity–stream function formulation of the incompressible Euler equations. The Hamiltonian and associated Poisson bracket for this new formulation of the compressible Euler equations are derived and extensive use is made of differential forms to highlight the mathematical structure of the equations. In order to deal with domains with boundaries also the Stokes–Dirac structure and the port-Hamiltonian formulation of the Euler equations in density weighted vorticity and dilatation variables are obtained.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)113-135
    Number of pages23
    JournalNonlinear analysis : theory, methods & applications
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


    • Hamiltonian formulation
    • Hodge decomposition
    • Vorticity
    • Stokes–Dirac structures
    • de Rham complex
    • EWI-25433
    • IR-93228
    • Compressible Euler equations
    • Dilatation
    • METIS-309732

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