A spectral multidomain technique with application to generalized curvilinear coordinates
Abstract
Spectral collocation methods have proven to be efficient discretization schemes for many aerodynamic and fluid mechanic problems. The high order accuracy and resolution shown by these methods allows one to obtain engineering accuracy solutions on coarse meshes, or alternatively, to obtain solutions with very small error. One drawback to these techniques was the requirement that a complicated physical domain must map into a simple computational domain for discretization. This mapping must be smooth if the high order accuracy and expontential convergence rates associated with spectral methods are to be preserved. Additionally even smooth stretching transformations can decrease the accuracy of a spectral method, if the stretching is severe. A further difficulty with spectral methods was in their implementation on parallel processing computers, where efficient spectral algorithms were lacking. The above restrictions are overcome by splitting the domain into regions, each of which preserve the advantages of spectral collocation, and allow the ratio of the mesh spacing between regions to be several orders of magnitude higher than allowable in a single domain. Such stretchings would be required to resolve the thin viscous region in an external aerodynamic problem. Adjoining regions are interfaced by enforcing a global flux balance which preserves highorder continuity of the solution, regardless of the type of the equations being solved.
 Publication:

NASA STI/Recon Technical Report N
 Pub Date:
 March 1986
 Bibcode:
 1986STIN...8623855M
 Keywords:

 Domains;
 Fluid Mechanics;
 Spectral Methods;
 Spherical Coordinates;
 Algorithms;
 Computational Grids;
 Mapping;
 Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer