In this paper we consider the stability and convergence of finite difference discretisations of a reaction-diffusion equation on a one-dimensional domain which is growing in time. We consider discretisations of conservative and non-conservative formulations of the governing equation and highlight the different stability characteristics of each. Although non-conservative formulations are the most popular to date, we find that discretisations of the conservative formulation inherit greater stability properties. Furthermore, we present a novel adaptive time integration scheme based on the well-known -method and describe how the parameter should be chosen to ensure unconditional stability, independently of the rate of domain growth. This work is a preliminary step towards an analysis of numerical schemes for the solution of reaction-diffusion systems on growing domains. Such problems arise in many practical areas including biological pattern formation and tumour growth.
- growing domain
- stability' bilogical pattern formation
- exponential growth functions