A conservative phase-space moving-grid strategy for a 1D-2V Vlasov-Fokker-Planck Equation
We develop a conservative phase-space grid-adaptivity strategy for the Vlasov-Fokker-Planck equation in a planar geometry. The velocity-space grid is normalized to the thermal speed and shifted by the bulk-fluid velocity. The configuration-space grid is moved according to a mesh-motion-partial-differential equation (MMPDE), which equidistributes a monitor function that is inversely proportional to the gradient-length scales of the macroscopic plasma quantities. The grid adaptation ensures discrete conservation of the collisional invariants (mass, momentum, and energy). The conservative grid-adaptivity strategy provides an efficient scheme which resolves important physical structures in the phase-space while controlling the computational complexity at all times. We demonstrate the favorable features of the proposed algorithm through a set of test cases of increasing complexity.
- Pub Date:
- March 2019
- Physics - Plasma Physics;
- Physics - Computational Physics
- 31 pages, 12 figures. arXiv admin note: text overlap with arXiv:1709.04502