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An efficient shock-capturing central-type scheme for multidimensional relativistic flows. II: Magnetohydrodynamics. (English) Zbl 1222.76122
Summary: A third order shock-capturing numerical scheme for three-dimensional special relativistic magnetohydrodynamics (3-D RMHD) is presented and validated against several numerical tests. The simple and efficient central scheme described in Paper I [the first two authors, Astron. Astrophys. 390, No. 3, 1177–1186 (2002; Zbl 1209.76022)] for relativistic hydrodynamics is here extended to the magnetic case by following the strategies prescribed for classical MHD by Londrillo and Del Zanna (2000). The scheme completely avoids spectral decomposition into characteristic waves, which is computationally expensive and subject to many degenerate cases in the magnetic case, while it makes use of a two-speed Riemann solver that just requires the knowledge of the two local fast magnetosonic velocities. Moreover, the onset of spurious magnetic monopoles, which is a typical problem for multi-dimensional MHD upwind codes, is prevented by properly taking into account the solenoidal constraint and the specific antisymmetric nature of the induction equation. Finally, the extension to generalized orthogonal curvilinear coordinate systems is included, thus the scheme is ready to incorporate general relativistic (GRMHD) effects.

76Y05 Quantum hydrodynamics and relativistic hydrodynamics
76M25 Other numerical methods (fluid mechanics) (MSC2010)
76W05 Magnetohydrodynamics and electrohydrodynamics
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