Sergei K. Godunov

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Sergei Konstantinovich Godunov
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Sergei Godunov
Born (1929-07-17) July 17, 1929 (age 89)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR
Nationality Russian
Alma mater Moscow State University
Known for Godunov's theorem
Godunov's scheme
Awards State Lenin Prize (1959)
Scientific career
Fields Applied mathematics
Institutions Sobolev Institute of Mathematics, Novosibirsk, Russia
Doctoral advisor Ivan Petrovsky

Sergei Konstantinovich Godunov (Russian: Серге́й Константи́нович Годуно́в; born July 17, 1929) is professor at the Sobolev Institute of Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk, Russia.

Professor Godunov's most influential work is in the area of applied and numerical mathematics. It has had a major impact on science and engineering, particularly in the development of methodologies used in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and other computational fields.

On 1–2 May 1997 a symposium entitled: Godunov-type numerical methods, was held at the University of Michigan to honour Godunov. These methods are widely used to compute continuum processes dominated by wave propagation. On the following day, 3 May, Godunov received an honorary degree from the University of Michigan.

Godunov's theorem (Godunov, 1959) (also known as Godunov's order barrier theorem) : Linear numerical schemes for solving partial differential equations, having the property of not generating new extrema (a monotone scheme), can be at most first-order accurate.

Godunov's scheme is a conservative numerical scheme for solving partial differential equations. In this method, the conservative variables are considered as piecewise constant over the mesh cells at each time step and the time evolution is determined by the exact solution of the Riemann (shock tube) problem at the inter-cell boundaries (Hirsch, 1990).



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  • Godunov, Sergei K. (1954), Ph. D. Dissertation: Difference Methods for Shock Waves, Moscow State University.
  • Godunov, S. K. (1959), A Difference Scheme for Numerical Solution of Discontinuous Solution of Hydrodynamic Equations, Math. Sbornik, 47, 271-306, translated US Joint Publ. Res. Service, JPRS 7225 Nov. 29, 1960.
  • Godunov, Sergei K. and Romenskii, Evgenii I. (2003) Elements of Continuum Mechanics and Conservation Laws, Springer, ISBN 0-306-47735-1.
  • Hirsch, C. (1990), Numerical Computation of Internal and External Flows, vol 2, Wiley.

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