Accession Number : ADA284698


Title :   A Numerical Analysis of Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics


Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH


Personal Author(s) : Fulk, David A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a284698.pdf


Report Date : Sep 1994


Pagination or Media Count : 352


Abstract : This dissertation studies the numerical method of Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) as a technique for solving systems of conservation equations. The research starts with a detailed consistency analysis of the method. Higher dimensions and non-smooth functions are considered in addition to the smooth one dimensional case. A stability analysis is then performed. Using a linear technique, an instability is found. Solutions are proposed to resolve the instability. Also a total variation stability analysis is performed leading to a monotone form of SPH. The concepts of consistency and stability are then used in a convergence proof. This proof uses lemmas derived from the Lax-Wendroff theorem in finite differences. The numerical analysis of the method is concluded with a study of the SPH kernel function. Measures of merit are derived for SPH kernels and these are used to show bell-shaped kernels to be superior over other shaped kernels. Three second-order time schemes are applied to SPH to provide a full discretization of the problem; these are Lax-Wendroff, central, and Shu schemes. In addition a lower-order SPH Lax-Friedrichs type form is developed. This method is used in proposing the use of flux-limited hybrid methods in SPH to resolve shocks.


Descriptors :   *NUMERICAL ANALYSIS , *HYDRODYNAMICS , MATHEMATICAL MODELS , ALGORITHMS , STABILITY , CONSISTENCY , VARIATIONS , APPROXIMATION(MATHEMATICS) , CONVERGENCE , VISCOSITY , WAVE EQUATIONS , EQUATIONS OF STATE , INSTABILITY , HYDRODYNAMIC CODES , ERROR ANALYSIS , PARTICLES , KERNEL FUNCTIONS , THESES , HYPERVELOCITY IMPACT , ONE DIMENSIONAL


Subject Categories : Numerical Mathematics
      Computer Programming and Software
      Fluid Mechanics


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