Date of Award:

5-1-2014

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Advisor/Chair:

Aaron J. Katz

Abstract

This work examines the feasibility of a novel high-order numerical method, which has been termed Flux Correction. It has been given this name because it "corrects" the flux terms of an established numerical method, cancelling various error terms in the fluxes and making the method higher-order. In this work, this change is made to a traditionally second-order finite volume Galerkin method. To accomplish this, higher-order gradients of solution variables, as well as gradients of the fluxes are introduced to the method. Gradients are computed using lagrange interpolations in a fashion reminiscent of Finite Element techniques. For the Euler Equations, Flux Correction is compared against Flux Reconstruction, a derivative of the high-order Discontinuous Galerkin and Spectral Difference methods, both of which are currently popular areas of research in high-order numerical methods. Flux Correction is found to compare favorably in terms of accuracy, and exceeds expectations for convergence rates. For the full Navier-Stokes Equations, the effect of curved elements on Flux Correction are examined. Flux Correction is found to react negatively to curved elements due to the gradient procedure's poor handling of high-aspect ratio elements.

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