A hybrid level set method for modelling detonation and combustion problems in complex geometries

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We present an accurate and fast wave tracking method that uses parametric representations of tracked fronts, combined with modifications of level set methods that use narrow bands. Our strategy generates accurate computations of the front curvature and other geometric properties of the front. We introduce data structures that can store discrete representations of the location of the moving fronts and boundaries, as well as the corresponding level set fields, that are designed to reduce computational overhead and memory storage. We present an algorithm we call stack sweeping to efficiently sort and store data that is used to represent orientable fronts. Our implementation features two reciprocal procedures, a forward 'front parameterization' that constructs a parameterization of a front given a level set field and a backward 'field construction' that constructs an approximation of the signed normal distance to the front, given a parameterized representation of the front. These reciprocal procedures are used to achieve and maintain high spatial accuracy. Close to the front, precise computation of the normal distance is carried out by requiring that displacement vectors from grid points to the front be along a normal direction. For front curves in two dimensions, a cubic interpolation scheme is used, and G1 surface parameterization based on triangular patches is used for the three-dimensional implementation to compute the distances from grid points near the front. To demonstrate this new, high accuracy method we present validations and show examples of combustion-like applications that include detonation shock dynamics, material interface motions in a compressible multi-material simulation and the Stephan problem associated with dendrite solidification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-254
Number of pages36
JournalCombustion Theory and Modelling
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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