Boundary Menu

Boundary Mode

Enter the boundary mode.

Specify Boundary Conditions

Specify boundary conditions for the selected boundaries. If no boundaries are selected, the entered boundary condition applies to all boundaries.

Show Edge Labels

Toggle the labeling of the edges (outer boundaries and subdomain borders) on/off. The edges are labeled using the column number in the Decomposed Geometry matrix.

Show Subdomain Labels

Toggle the labeling of the subdomains on/off. The subdomains are labeled using the subdomain numbering in the Decomposed Geometry matrix.

Remove Subdomain Border

Remove selected subdomain borders.

Remove All Subdomain Borders

Remove all subdomain borders.

Export Decomposed Geometry, Boundary Cond's

Export the Decomposed Geometry matrix g and the Boundary Condition matrix b to the main workspace.

Specify Boundary Conditions in the PDE App

Specify Boundary Conditions opens a dialog box where you can specify the boundary condition for the selected boundary segments. There are three different condition types:

  • Generalized Neumann conditions, where the boundary condition is determined by the coefficients q and g according to the following equation:


    In the system cases, q is a 2-by-2 matrix and g is a 2-by-1 vector.

  • Dirichlet conditions: u is specified on the boundary. The boundary condition equation is hu = r, where h is a weight factor that can be applied (normally 1).

    In the system cases, h is a 2-by-2 matrix and r is a 2-by-1 vector.

  • Mixed boundary conditions (system cases only), which is a mix of Dirichlet and Neumann conditions. q is a 2-by-2 matrix, g is a 2-by-1 vector, h is a 1-by-2 vector, and r is a scalar.

The following figure shows the dialog box for the generic system PDE (Options > Application > Generic System).

For boundary condition entries you can use the following variables in a valid MATLAB® expression:

  • The 2-D coordinates x and y.

  • A boundary segment parameter s, proportional to arc length. s is 0 at the start of the boundary segment and increases to 1 along the boundary segment in the direction indicated by the arrow.

  • The outward normal vector components nx and ny. If you need the tangential vector, it can be expressed using nx and ny since tx = –ny and ty = nx.

  • The solution u.

  • The time t.

    Note   If the boundary condition is a function of the solution u, you must use the nonlinear solver. If the boundary condition is a function of the time t, you must choose a parabolic or hyperbolic PDE.

Examples: (100-80*s).*nx, and cos(x.^2)

In the nongeneric application modes, the Description column contains descriptions of the physical interpretation of the boundary condition parameters.

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