Space-time discontinuous Galerkin discretization of rotating shallow water equations

V.R. Ambati, Onno Bokhove

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    A space–time discontinuous Galerkin (DG) discretization is presented for the (rotating) shallow water equations over varying topography. We formulate the space–time DG finite element discretization in an efficient and conservative discretization. The HLLC flux is used as numerical flux through the finite element boundaries. When discontinuities are present, we locally apply dissipation around these discontinuities with the help of Krivodonova’s discontinuity indicator such that spurious oscillations are suppressed. The non-linear algebraic system resulting from the discretization is solved using a pseudo-time integration with a second-order five-stage Runge–Kutta method. A thorough verification of the space–time DG finite element method is undertaken by comparing numerical and exact solutions. We also carry out a discrete Fourier analysis of the one-dimensional linear rotating shallow water equations to show that the method is unconditionally stable with minimal dispersion and dissipation error. The numerical scheme is validated in a novel way by considering various simulations of bore–vortex interactions in combination with a qualitative analysis of PV generation by non-uniform bores. Finally, the space–time DG method is particularly suited for problems where dynamic grid motion is required. To demonstrate this we simulate waves generated by a wave maker and verify these for low amplitude waves where linear theory is approximately valid.
    Original languageUndefined
    Article number10.1016/
    Pages (from-to)1233-1261
    Number of pages29
    JournalJournal of computational physics
    Issue number07CH37910C/2
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • Discontinuous Galerkin methods
    • Numerical dissipation
    • Shallow water equations
    • Potential vorticity
    • Moving grid
    • METIS-245902
    • IR-64562
    • Bores
    • Finite element methods
    • EWI-11656

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