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Academic Year 2018/2019 - 2° Year - Curriculum B
Teaching Staff: Giovanni RUSSO
Credit Value: 9
Scientific field: MAT/08 - Numerical analysis
Taught classes: 49 hours
Exercise: 24 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives

The course provides an overview of some methods used in the numerical solution of systems of equations that describe the motion of fluids, both compressible to incompressible. Some general concepts (such as those relating to hyperbolic systems of laws of conservatione, and related numerical methods) can be used in a much broader context.

Course Structure

The course consists in lectures and exercise sessions, during which some of the method illustrated in class will be implemented on the computer.

Detailed Course Content

Elements of theory of hyperbolic systems. Wave propagation. Single scalar equation. Viscosity and entropy solutions. Hyperbolic systems: linear, semilinear and quasilinear. Riemann invariants. Jump conditions and entropy conditions.

Euler equations of compressible gas dynamics. Deduction of the Euler equations. Rankine-Hugoniot conditions. Simple waves in gas dynamics. Polytropic gas. Isentropic gas dynamics. Riemann problem. Boundary conditions.

Numerical methods for conservation laws. Finite volume methods. Three point methods: upwind methods, Lax-Friedrichs method and method of Lax-Wendroff. Godunov method and its properties. The numerical flux function. of high-order construction methods. high-order reconstructions essentially non oscillatory (ENO). Weno reconstructions. Finite difference methods conservative. Integration over time: Runge-Kutta methods SSP (Strongly Preserving Stability). Treatment of source terms. Runge-Kutta methods IMEX (IMplici-Explicit) for the time integration.

Incompressible fluid dynamics. Deduction of the incompressible Euler and Navier-Stokes. Finite difference methods for Euler and Navier-Stokes equations in primitive variables. Method of projections of Chorin and MAC type (Marker and Cell) discretization. Penalty methods for problems in domains with obstacle. Vorticity-stream function formulation for the Navier-Stokes equations.

Equations of shallow water. Deduction of the Saint-Venant model for the shallow water. Analogy with the isentropic gas dynamics. Finite volume methods and finite difference for the SV equations in one and two spatial dimensions.

Practise. The course includes exercises in which the main methods are implemented. In particular, they will be implemented and compared several methods for the solution of the compressible Euler equations and of the Navier-Stokes incompressible.

Textbook Information

Textbooks on Computational Fluid Dynamics and related topics

The following are some books that deal several topics related to CFDm and that can be adopted during the course.

  1. John D. Anderson Jr., Computational Fluid Dynamics, the basics with applications, McGraw Series in Mechanical Engineering, 1995.
    A classic on CFD. Written by a professor in aeronautical engineering, it is very applied. Not particularly sophisticated from the mathematical point of view. A little out of date.
  2. Dimitris Drikakis, William Rider, High-Resolution Methods for Incompressible and Low-Speed Flows, Springer, 2005.
    Rather updated, it gives a simple description of the mathematical formulation of the equations of gas dynamics.
  3. Joel H. Ferziger, Milovan Peric, Computarional Methods for Fluid Dynamics, Springer, 2002.
    Definitely numerical orientation, very detailed on numerical schemes, but rather lacking on modeling and mathematical aspects.
  4. Randall Le Veque- Finite Volume Methods for hyperbolic problems, Cambridge University Press, 2004.
    Specialized on finite volume schemes for hyperbolic systems of conservation laws.
  5. Randall Le Veque - Numerical methods for conservation laws, Lecture Notes in Mathematics, ETH Zürich, Birkhaeuser, Second edition, 1999.
    Excellent to give a mathematical treatment of systems of conservation laws and some of the recent numerical methods type shock-capturing for various systems of conservation laws.
  6. Roger Peyret, Thomas D. Taylor, Computational Methods for Fluid Flows, Springer-Verlag, 1983. Very synthetic, it treats mainly issues on incompressible fluid dynamics. Very advanced when it came out, now it is also quite dated.
    Testo sintetico, tratta prevalentemente temi di fluidodinamica incomprimibile. Molto avanzato quando è uscito, adesso è anch’esso piuttosto datato.
  7. Pieter Wesseling, Principles of Computational Fluid Dynamics, Springer Series in Computational Mathematics, 1991.
    Good introductory book. It contains much more material than can be addressed in the course. A selection is required.
  8. G.B.Whitham, Linear and nonlinear waves, John Wiley & Sons, 1974.
    Excellent book on the mathematical models that describe wave phenomena.