Improving the boundary efficiency of a compact finite difference scheme through optimising its composite template

Jacob M. Turner, Sina Haeri, Jae Wook Kim

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This paper presents efforts to improve the boundary efficiency and accuracy of a compact finite difference scheme, based on its composite template. Unlike precursory attempts the current methodology is unique in its quantification of dispersion and dissipation errors, which are only evaluated after the matrix system of equations has been rearranged for the derivative. This results in a more accurate prediction of the boundary performance, since the analysis is directly based on how the derivative is represented in simulations. A genetic algorithm acts as a comprehensive method for the optimisation of the boundary coefficients, incorporating an eigenvalue constraint for the linear stability of the matrix system of equations. The performance of the optimised composite template is tested on one-dimensional linear wave convection and two-dimensional inviscid vortex convection problems, with uniform and curvilinear grids. In all cases, it yields substantial accuracy and efficiency improvements while maintaining stable solutions and fourth-order accuracy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-25
Number of pages17
JournalComputers and Fluids
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2016

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • compact finite difference
  • boundary closure
  • optimization
  • genetic algorithm
  • composite template
  • optimised boundary coefficients
  • numerical stability
  • finite-difference system
  • dispersion
  • dissipation errors
  • boundary performance


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