Averaging operator from x-faces to cell centers (scalar quantities).

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

(n_cells, n_faces_x) scipy.sparse.csr_matrix

The scalar averaging operator from x-faces to cell centers


Let \(\boldsymbol{\phi_x}\) be a discrete scalar quantity that lives on x-faces. average_face_x_to_cell constructs a discrete linear operator \(\mathbf{A_{xc}}\) that projects \(\boldsymbol{\phi_x}\) to cell centers, i.e.:

\[\boldsymbol{\phi_c} = \mathbf{A_{xc}} \, \boldsymbol{\phi_x}\]

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 x-faces. The operation is implemented as a matrix vector product, i.e.:

phi_c = Axc @ phi_x