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Cartesian Grid Embedded Boundary Methods for Partial Differential Equations. APDEC ISIC: Phil Colella, Dan Graves, Terry Ligocki, Brian van Straalen (LBNL); Caroline Bono, Bjorn Sjogreen, David Trebotich (LLNL); Marsha Berger (NYU) UC Davis: Mike Barad (DOE CSGF Program), Greg Miller

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cartesian grid embedded boundary methods for partial differential equations

Cartesian Grid Embedded Boundary Methods for Partial Differential Equations

APDEC ISIC: Phil Colella, Dan Graves, Terry Ligocki, Brian van Straalen (LBNL); Caroline Bono, Bjorn Sjogreen, David Trebotich (LLNL); Marsha Berger (NYU)

UC Davis: Mike Barad (DOE CSGF Program), Greg Miller

LBNL: Cameron Geddes, Eric Esarey, Wim Leemans (AFRD); Peter Schwartz, Thomas Deschamps (CRD); Adam Arkin, Matt Onsum (PBD).

UCSF: David Saloner

Univ. of North Carolina: David Adalsteinsson

embedded boundary discretization of conservation laws
Embedded Boundary Discretization of Conservation Laws
  • Primary dependent variables approximate values at Cartesian cell centers.
  • Divergence theorem over each control volume leads to “finite volume” approximation.
  • Approximation of fluxes based on finite differences of cell-centered data (standard conservative differences in regular cells).
grid generation
Grid Generation

Geometric quantities required for discretization:

  • Volume fraction
  • Nondimensionalized face area , boundary area
  • Face centroids , boundary centroid

All quantities other than must be computed to second-order accuracy.

Aftosmis, Berger, and Melton (1998): generate geometric quantities directly from intersections with surface triangulation of boundary.

grid generation from an implicit function description
Grid Generation from an Implicit Function Description

Moment equations are derived using the divergence theorem:

  • Overdetermined system solved using least-squares.
  • Right-hand side is obtained from higher-order moments or lower-dimensional moments - bootstrap up from 1D intersection data and moments.
  • Generalizes to arbitrarily high-order accuracy, any number of dimensions.
grid generation from implicit function descriptions
Grid Generation from Implicit Function Descriptions

. Implicit function grid generator provides a general and flexible tool for analytic representations, image data, geophysical data.

numerical analysis of embedded boundary methods
Numerical Analysis of Embedded Boundary Methods

Formal consistency:

If the fluxes at centroids are computed to second-order accuracy, then the truncation error \ satisfies

  • at interior cells
  • at the boundary

Modified equation analysis indicates the expected relationship between the truncation error and the solution error.


Embedded Boundary Methods for Elliptic Equations

  • Fluxes are computed using linear interpolation of centered differences in 2D, bilinear interpolation in 3D
  • Stability is nontrivial: matrices are not symmetric, nor M-matrices (linear interpolation in 3D is unstable, bilinear is stable)
  • The smoothing properties of the Green’s function of elliptic operators turn the singular truncation error into a much smoother solution error: in max norm.
embedded boundary methods for hyperbolic equations
Embedded Boundary Methods for Hyperbolic Equations
  • Small-cell stability: hybridize with nonconservative stable method, and redistribute the missing mass. increment to maintain conservation.
  • The nonconservative method must be designed carefully to maintain stability, robustness, and accuracy.
  • Modified equation arguments lead us to expect second-order accuracy in L1, first-order accuracy in max norm.

Graphical depiction of redistribution

Shock diffraction over an ellipsiod

Convergence results in L1 for a simple wave in a 3D circular tube.

embedded boundary software infrastructure
Embedded Boundary Software Infrastructure

EB Chombo generalizes Chombo: rectangular grids become more general graphs that map into rectangular grids. Nodes of the graph correspond to control volumes, while arcs of the graph correspond to faces that connect adjacent control volumes.

The Chombo parallel infrastructure is sufficiently general to support patch-based parallelism for data defined over unions of rectangles.

multigrid and adaptive mesh refinement
Multigrid and Adaptive Mesh Refinement
  • Embedded boundary methods extend naturally to nested grid hierarchies.
    • Coarsening grid generation is done without reference to original geometric description by coarsening the graph directly, leading to well-defined discretizations of underresolved geometries.
    • Geometric multigrid leads to high-performance, algorithmically scalable solvers.

Multigrid convergence history for EB discretization of Poisson’s equation on an N3 grid for N=64,128,256.

AMR calculation of shock diffraction over an ellipsoid.

application gas jet simulation for wakefield accelerators
Application: Gas Jet Simulation for Wakefield Accelerators

Embedded boundary method to compute the unsteady propagation of a jet into a vacuum chamber.

  • Inviscid EB AMR solvers for time-dependent flow through a nozzle in 2D (axisymmetric) and 3D, including grid generation capabilities.
  • Currently implementing parabolic solvers, including tensor solvers, for compressible viscous terms, heat conduction.
application viscous incompressible flow
Application: Viscous Incompressible Flow

We solve the Incompressible Navier-Stokes equations using a projection method, splitting the equations into three parts:

Each of these equations are solved using the EB algorithms and software described above, and coupled using a second-order accurate predictor-corrector method.

  • Hyperbolic:
  • Parabolic:
  • Elliptic:

Vortex shedding past a cylinder, Re = 200

applications non scidac collaborations

Diffusion on a surface

Applications: Non-SciDAC collaborations

Can be represented as diffusion in the annular region surrounding the surface

and solved using embedded boundary methods.

and can be combined with implicit function grid generation methods on biological image data.

The resulting method is second-order accurate

Convergence study for diffusion on a sphere

applications non scidac collaborations14

300 mm x 60 mm channel

300 mm x 60 mm channel

contraction flow




100 X

Experimental channel

X-velocity [cm/s]

Geometric detail

Pressure [bar]

Applications: Non-SciDAC collaborations

Microfluidic MEMS (LBNL, LLNL, UCB)

Air flow in the trachea (LBNL, LLNL, UCSF):

CT image

Level set description

Embedded boundary calculation

volume of fluid methods for free boundary problems
Volume-of-Fluid Methods for Free Boundary Problems
  • Entension of discretization methods, software to the case of sharp fronts.
    • Generalizes formally consistent EB discretizations to case where solution is defined on both sides of a moving boundary.
    • Leverages the EB software infrastructure.
    • Potential applications: tracking flame fronts in premixed combustion, type 1A supernovae.

Results using 1D algorithm for a tracked shock overtaking an expansion fan.

Image of tracked-front data defined on AMR hierarchy.

future plans
Future Plans
  • Complete initial implementations for SciDAC applications: compressible Navier-Stokes solver for plasma-wakefield accelerator project, incompressible Navier-Stokes solver for combustion (9/30/2005). Continue development of these algorithms in response to further applications requirements.
  • EB software review: serial, parallel performance, documentation, in preparation for initial public release of EB Chombo (12/31/2005).
  • Continue algorithm development for formally consistent volume-of-fluid front tracking.
  • Proposed work: development of extension of EB infrastructure to dimensions > 3, with underlying mapped Cartesian mesh, in support of FSP edge plasma project.