© 1991

Adaptive Finite Element Solution Algorithm for the Euler Equations

  • Editors
  • Richard A. Shapiro

Part of the Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics (NNFM) book series (NNFM, volume 32)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
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  13. Back Matter
    Pages 154-167

About this book


This monograph is the result of my PhD thesis work in Computational Fluid Dynamics at the Massachusettes Institute of Technology under the supervision of Professor Earll Murman. A new finite element al­ gorithm is presented for solving the steady Euler equations describing the flow of an inviscid, compressible, ideal gas. This algorithm uses a finite element spatial discretization coupled with a Runge-Kutta time integration to relax to steady state. It is shown that other algorithms, such as finite difference and finite volume methods, can be derived using finite element principles. A higher-order biquadratic approximation is introduced. Several test problems are computed to verify the algorithms. Adaptive gridding in two and three dimensions using quadrilateral and hexahedral elements is developed and verified. Adaptation is shown to provide CPU savings of a factor of 2 to 16, and biquadratic elements are shown to provide potential savings of a factor of 2 to 6. An analysis of the dispersive properties of several discretization methods for the Euler equations is presented, and results allowing the prediction of dispersive errors are obtained. The adaptive algorithm is applied to the solution of several flows in scramjet inlets in two and three dimensions, demonstrat­ ing some of the varied physics associated with these flows. Some issues in the design and implementation of adaptive finite element algorithms on vector and parallel computers are discussed.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Adaptive Finite Element Solution Algorithm for the Euler Equations
  • Authors Richard A. Shapiro
  • Series Title Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics (NNFM)
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien 1991
  • Publisher Name Vieweg+Teubner Verlag
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-528-07632-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-322-87879-3
  • Series ISSN 1612-2909
  • Series E-ISSN 1860-0824
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 166
  • Number of Illustrations 106 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Engineering Fluid Dynamics
    Physics, general
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