Abstract
The present thesis describes the development of a computational method for the numerical simulation of compressible flows in aerodynamics. The main goal is to study highorder discretization schemes that can potentially deliver a better computational efficiency.
The spatial part of the conservation equations is discretized with the finite difference method. In particular, Summation By Parts (SBP) finite difference operators and treatment of boundary conditions via Simultaneous Approximation Terms (SAT) have been investigated. An SBP finite difference operator is essentially a (highorder) centered finite difference scheme with a specific closure at the boundary. The SAT are penaltylike terms that enforce the boundary conditions weakly and are used to augment the SBP schemes. The combination of SBP operators with SAT boundary terms constitutes schemes that, for the linearized equations governing a smooth flow, are provably stable (thus convergent) schemes.
The discretization in time is carried out with highorder schemes as well. Both implicit and explicit time integration schemes have been investigated. The system of nonlinear equations that arises when using the implicit time integration schemes is solved via (a damped) Newton's method. On the target grid, the initial guess required for Newton's method is obtained by performing grid sequencing combined a series of explicit relaxation iterations on each grid level. The flow equations and the equation of the turbulence model (if present) are solved in a fullycoupled manner.
Numerical simulations for inviscid flow, laminar flow, as well as simulations based on DNS, LES and RANS have been performed. Results show that the described computational method is particularly wellsuited for smooth external flows about relatively simple geometries, solved with the DNS and LES approach. For these types of flows the gain in efficiency obtained by using highorder schemes is clear (more than a factor of 5). For RANS, however, the comparison with a stateoftheart second order finite volume code suggests that solving the turbulence and the flow equations fully coupled with implicit schemes may not be the most efficient iteration strategy. On the other hand, the numerical simulations of nonsmooth/internal flows highlighted the need of further development of the SBPSAT framework.
Original language  English 

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Award date  22 Apr 2016 
Place of Publication  Enschede 
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Print ISBNs  9789036541008 
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Publication status  Published  22 Apr 2016 
Keywords
 METIS316465
 IR100253
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Giangaspero, G. (2016). Study of highorder energystable discretization techniques for compressible flows. Enschede: Universiteit Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036541008