Effect of Mesh Quality on Flux Reconstruction in Multi-Dimensions

Will Trojak*, Rob Watson, Ashley Scillitoe, Paul G. Tucker

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Theoretical methods are developed to understand the effect of nonuniform grids on Flux Reconstruction (FR) in multi-dimensions. The analysis reveals that the same effect of expanding and contracting grids is seen in two dimensions as in one dimension. Namely, that expansions cause instability and contractions cause excess dissipation. Subsequent numerical experiments on the Taylor-Green Vortex with jittered elements show the effect of localised regions of expansion and contraction, with an initial increase in the kinetic energy observed on non-uniform meshes. Some comparison is made between second-order FR and second-order finite volume (FV). FR is found to be more resilient to mesh deformation, however, FV is found to be more resolved when operated at second order on the same mesh. In both cases, it is recommended that a kinetic energy preserving/conservation formulation should be used as this can greatly increase resilience to mesh deformation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number77
Number of pages36
JournalJournal of Scientific Computing
Publication statusPublished - 12 Mar 2020


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