A stabilization for three-dimensional discontinuous Galerkin discretizations applied to nonhydrostatic atmospheric simulations

Sébastien Blaise, Jonathan Lambrechts, Eric Deleersnijder

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Abstract

A discontinuous Galerkin nonhydrostatic atmospheric model is used for two-dimensional and threedimensional simulations. There is a wide range of timescales to be dealt with. To do so, two different implicit/explicit time discretizations are implemented. A stabilization, based upon a reduced-order discretization of the gravity term, is introduced to ensure the balance between pressure and gravity effects. While not affecting significantly the convergence properties of the scheme, this approach allows the simulation of anisotropic flows without generating spurious oscillations, as it happens for a classical discontinuous Galerkin discretization. This approach is shown to be less diffusive than usual spatial filters. A stability analysis demonstrates that the use of this modified scheme discards the instability associated with the usual discretization. Validation against analytical solutions is performed, confirming the good convergence and stability properties of the scheme. Numerical results demonstrate the attractivity of the discontinuous Galerkin method with implicit/explicit time integration for large-scale atmospheric flows.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)558-585
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids
Volume81
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • discontinuous Galerkin
  • atmospheric model
  • Euler equations
  • geophysical flow
  • computational fluid dynamics

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