Nonstandard explicit third-order Runge-Kutta method with positivity property

Document Type : Research Paper


Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, University of Maragheh, 55181-83111 Maragheh, Iran


When one solves differential equations, modeling physical phenomena, it is of great importance to take physical constraints into account. More precisely, numerical schemes have to be designed such that discrete solutions satisfy the same constraints as exact solutions. Based on general theory for positivity, with an explicit third-order Runge-Kutta method (we will refer to it as RK3 method) positivity is not ensured when applied to the inhomogeneous linear systems and the same result is regained on nonlinear positivity for this method. Here we mean by positivity that the nonnegativity of the components of the initial vector is preserved. Nonstandard finite differences (NSFDs) schemes can improve the accuracy and reduce computational costs of traditional finite difference schemes. In addition to NSFDs produce numerical solutions which also exhibit essential properties of solution. In this paper, we investigate the positivity property for nonstandard RK3 method when applied to the numerical solution of special nonlinear initial value problems (IVPs) for ordinary differential equations (ODEs). We obtain new results for positivity which are important in practical applications. We provide some numerical examples to illustrate our results.


Volume 8, Issue 2
December 2017
Pages 37-46
  • Receive Date: 09 December 2014
  • Revise Date: 16 May 2015
  • Accept Date: 20 August 2015