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Title: Simulation of time-dependent free surface Navier-Stokes flows
Author(s): Muldowney, Gregory Patrick
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Higdon, Jonathan J. L.
Department / Program: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Discipline: Chemical Engineering
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Engineering, Chemical
Abstract: Two numerical methods for simulation of time-dependent free-surface Navier-Stokes flows are developed. Both techniques are based on semi-implicit time advancement of the momentum equations, integral formulation of the spatial problem at each timestep, and spectral-element discretization to solve the resulting integral equation. Central to each algorithm is a boundary-specific solution step which permits the spatial treatment in two dimensions to be performed in O(N$\sp3$) operations per timestep despite the presence of deforming geometry. The first approach is a "domain-integral" formulation involving integrals over the entire flow domain of kernel functions which arise in time-differencing the Navier-Stokes equations. The second is a "particular-solution" formulation which replaces domain integration with an iterative scheme to generate particular velocity and pressure fields on individual elements, followed by a patching step to produce a particular solution continuous over the full domain. Two of the most difficult aspects of viscous free-surface flow simulations, namely time-dependent geometry and nontrivial boundary conditions, are well accommodated by these integral equation techniques. In addition the methods offer spectral accuracy in space and admit arbitrarily high-order discretization in time. For large-scale computations and/or long-term time advancement the domain-integral algorithm must be executed on a supercomputer to deliver results in reasonable processing time. A detailed simulation of gas-liquid flow with full resolution of the free phase boundary requires approximately five CPU hours at 80 megaflops. The particular-solution formulation is faster than the domain-integral technique by a factor of eight or more, completing the same gas-liquid flow calculation in about 36 CPU minutes. Timestepping tests of the latter method are still in progress, but the algorithm shows significant potential for making high-resolution modelling of fluid flow and other transport phenomena practical in the near future.
Issue Date: 1989
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/21160
Rights Information: Copyright 1989 Muldowney, Gregory Patrick
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog: AAI8916288
OCLC Identifier: (UMI)AAI8916288
 

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