Accession Number : ADA627039


Title :   A Parameter-Free Dynamic Alternative to Hyper-Viscosity for Coupled Transport Equations: Application to the Simulation of 3D Squall Lines Using Spectral Elements


Descriptive Note : Journal article preprint


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF APPLIED MATHEMATICS


Personal Author(s) : Marras, Simone ; Giraldo, Francis X


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a627039.pdf


Report Date : 04 Jun 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 27


Abstract : The stabilization of high order spectral elements to solve the transport equations for tracers in the atmosphere remains an active topic of research among atmospheric modelers. This paper builds on our previous work on variational multiscale stabilization (VMS) and discontinuity capturing (DC) [Variational multiscale stabilization of high-order spectral elements for the advection-diffusion equation J. Comput. Phys. 231 (2012) 7187-7213] and shows the applicability of VMS+DC to realistic atmospheric problems that involve physics coupling with phase change in the simulation of 3D deep convection. We show that the VMS+DC approach is a robust technique that can damp the high order modes characterizing the spectral element solution of complex coupled transport problems. The method has important properties that techniques of more common use often lack 1) it is free of a user-defined parameter, 2) it is anisotropic in that it only acts along the ow direction, 3) it is numerically consistent, and 4) it can improve the monotonicity of high-order spectral elements. The proposed method is assessed by comparing the results against those obtained with a fourth-order hyper-viscosity programmed in the same code. The main conclusion that arises is that tuning can be fully avoided without loss of accuracy if the dissipative scheme is properly designed. Finally, the cost of parallel communication is that of a second order operator which means that fewer communications are required by VMS+DC than by a hyper-viscosity method fewer communications translate into a faster and more scalable code, which is of vital importance as we approach the exascale range of computing.


Descriptors :   *ATMOSPHERE MODELS , *FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS , *SIMULATION , *VISCOSITY , *WEATHER FORECASTING , ADVECTION , ANISOTROPY , CONVECTION(ATMOSPHERIC) , COUPLING(INTERACTION) , CROSSWINDS , DIFFUSION , DISCONTINUITIES , DISSIPATION , GRIDS , MATHEMATICAL PREDICTION , PARALLEL PROCESSING , PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS , SCALING FACTOR , SPECTRA , STABILIZATION , THUNDERSTORMS , TRANSPORT PROPERTIES


Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Numerical Mathematics


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