11.5 Session file configuration: Steady-state solver

In this section, we detail how to use the steady-state solver (that implements the selective frequency damping method, see Sec. 11.1.4). Two cases are detailed here: the execution of the classical SFD method and the adaptive SFD method, where the control coefficient χ and the filter width Δ of the SFD method are updated all along the solver execution. For the second case, the parameters of the SFD method do not need to be defined by the user (they will be automatically calculated all along the solver execution) but several session files must be defined in a very specific way.

11.5.1 Execution of the classical steady-state solver Solver Info

The definition of Eqtype, TimeIntegrationMethod and Projection is similar as what is explained in 11.4.1. The use of the steady-state solver is enforced through the definition of the Driver which has to be SteadyState. EvolutionOperator does not need to be defined to run the unadapted SFD method (by default, it is set to Nonlinear). Parameters

The following parameters can be specified in the PARAMETERS section of the session file:

Note that for the steady-state solver, the parameter NumSteps is not taken into account. The solver will run until a steady-state solution is found and not for a pre-defined number of time steps.

11.5.2 Execution of the adaptive steady-state solver

Running the adaptive selective frequency damping method requires to set up the session files in a very specific manner. First, the Geometry section must be in a separated archive file. If the test case studied is called "Session", the mesh file must be called Session.xml.gz (the linux command "gzip" can be used to obtain this file).

The requirements for the file Session.xml are similar as for the ones for the classical SFD method. The Geometry section being removed and placed in Session.xml.gz. This file defines the properties of the nonlinear problem solved (i.e. the flow for which we want a steady-state). Also, the SOLVERINFO section must contain the line:

1<I PROPERTY="EvolutionOperator" VALUE="AdaptiveSFD" />

The adaptive SFD method used is coupled with a stability analysis method. Then kdim, nvec, evtol and nits should be defined into the PARAMETERS section of Session.xml. If not, these parameters will take the default values presented in Sec. 11.4.

The goal of running the stability analysis is to evaluate the dominant eigenvalue of a “partially converged” steady base flow. This approximation is then used by the steady-state solver to select a control coefficient χ and a filter width Δ then ensure a fast convergence towards a steady-state solution.

To define the linear stability problem, another file, that must be called Session_LinNS.xml, has to be defined. This file must be an exact copy/paste of Session.xml, only three things have to be modified:

  1. The boundary conditions must be modified to be homogeneous (i.e. equal to zero) at all inflow boundaries.
  2. A non-zero function InitialConditions has to be defined.
  3. A random function BaseFlow has to be defined (it will be overwritten all along the solver execution). We recommend it to be a copy of InitialConditions.

Once these three files (the Geometry in Session.xml.gz, the nonlinear problem definition in Session.xml and the homogeneous linear problem in Session_LinNS.xml) are correctly defined, the adaptive SFD method must be executed using:

IncNavierStokesSolver Session.xml.gz Session.xml