Matrix-based techniques for (flow-)transition studies

Weiyan Song

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In this thesis, numerical techniques for the computation of flow transitions was introduced and studied. The numerical experiments on a variety of two- and three- dimensional multi-physics problems show that continuation approach is a practical and efficient way to solve series of steady states as a function of parameters and to do bifurcation analysis. Starting with a proper initial guess, Newton’s method converges in a few steps. Since solving the linear systems arising from the discretization takes most of the computational work, efficiency is determined by how fast the linear systems can be solved. Our home-made preconditioner Hybrid Multilevel Linear Solver(HYMLS) can compute three-dimensional solutions at higher Reynolds numbers and shows its robustness both in the computation of solutions as well as eigenpairs, due to the iteration in the divergence-free space. To test the efficiency of linear solvers for non-flow problems, we studied a well-known reaction-diffusion system, i.e., the BVAM model of the Turing problem. The application to the Turing system not only proved our program’s ability in doing nonlinear bifurcation analysis efficiently but also provided insightful information on two- and three- dimensional pattern formation.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Groningen
  • Veldman, A.E.P., Supervisor, External person
  • Waalkens, Holger, Supervisor
  • Wubs, Fred, Co-supervisor
Award date25-Jan-2019
Place of Publication[Groningen]
Print ISBNs978-94-034-1353-2
Electronic ISBNs978-94-034-1352-5
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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