Averaging operator from edges to cell centers (scalar quantities).

This property constructs a 2nd order averaging operator that maps scalar quantities from edges to cell centers. This averaging operator is used when a discrete scalar quantity defined on mesh edges must be projected to cell centers. Once constructed, the operator is stored permanently as a property of the mesh. See notes.

(n_cells, n_edges) scipy.sparse.csr_matrix

The scalar averaging operator from edges to cell centers


Let \(\boldsymbol{\phi_e}\) be a discrete scalar quantity that lives on mesh edges. average_edge_to_cell constructs a discrete linear operator \(\mathbf{A_{ec}}\) that projects \(\boldsymbol{\phi_e}\) to cell centers, i.e.:

\[\boldsymbol{\phi_c} = \mathbf{A_{ec}} \, \boldsymbol{\phi_e}\]

where \(\boldsymbol{\phi_c}\) approximates the value of the scalar quantity at cell centers. For each cell, we are simply averaging the values defined on its edges. The operation is implemented as a matrix vector product, i.e.:

phi_c = Aec @ phi_e