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Title: Simulation of confined magnetohydrodynamic flows with Dirichlet boundary conditions using a pseudo-spectral method with volume penalization

A volume penalization approach to simulate magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) flows in confined domains is presented. Here the incompressible visco-resistive MHD equations are solved using parallel pseudo-spectral solvers in Cartesian geometries. The volume penalization technique is an immersed boundary method which is characterized by a high flexibility for the geometry of the considered flow. In the present case, it allows to use other than periodic boundary conditions in a Fourier pseudo-spectral approach. The numerical method is validated and its convergence is assessed for two- and three-dimensional hydrodynamic (HD) and MHD flows, by comparing the numerical results with results from literature and analytical solutions. The test cases considered are two-dimensional Taylor–Couette flow, the z-pinch configuration, three dimensional Orszag–Tang flow, Ohmic-decay in a periodic cylinder, three-dimensional Taylor–Couette flow with and without axial magnetic field and three-dimensional Hartmann-instabilities in a cylinder with an imposed helical magnetic field. Finally, we present a magnetohydrodynamic flow simulation in toroidal geometry with non-symmetric cross section and imposing a helical magnetic field to illustrate the potential of the method.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. LMFA-CNRS, École Centrale de Lyon, Université de Lyon (France)
  2. M2P2-CNRS, Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille (France)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22382113
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Computational Physics; Journal Volume: 274; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2014 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; BOUNDARY CONDITIONS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; COUETTE FLOW; DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS; DIRICHLET PROBLEM; FLEXIBILITY; INSTABILITY; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS; PERIODICITY; THREE-DIMENSIONAL CALCULATIONS; TWO-DIMENSIONAL CALCULATIONS