An adaptive polynomial order procedure is available for 2D and Quasi-3D simulations. This procedure consists of the following steps:
It is important to note that restarting the simulation after the refinement can be an expensive operation (in a typical case 200 times the cost of a single time step). Therefore, the number of steps between successive refinements needs to be carefully chosen, since if this value is too low the procedure becomes inefficient, while if it is too high the refinement might not capture accurately structures that are convected by the flow.
The use of the adaptive polynomial order procedure is enforced through the definition of the
Driver which has to be
The following parameters can be specified in the
PARAMETERS section of the session
NumSteps: when using the adaptive order procedure, this parameter determines
the number of time steps between successive refinements.
NumRuns: this parameter defines the number of times the sequence of solving the
equation and refining is performed. Therefore, the total number of time steps in
the simulation is NumSteps × NumRuns.
AdaptiveMaxModes: sets the maximum number of modes (in each direction) that
can be used in an element during the adaptive procedure. The solution will not be
refined beyond this point, even if the error is higher than the tolerance. Default
AdaptiveMinModes: sets the minimal number of modes (in each direction) that
can be used in an element during the adaptive procedure. Default value: 4.
AdaptiveUpperTolerance: defines a constant tolerance. The polynomial order in
an element is increased whenever the error is higher than this value. This can be
replaced by a spatially-varying function, as described below. Default value: 10-6.
AdaptiveLowerinModes: defines a constant tolerance. The polynomial order in an
element is decreased whenever the error is lower than this value. This can also be
replaced by a spatially-varying function. Default value: 10-8.
AdaptiveSensorVariable: integer defining which variable will be considered when
calculating the error. For example, if this parameter is set to 1 in the Incompressible
Navier-Stokes Solver, the error will be estimated using the v velocity. Default value:
Spatially varying tolerances can be specified by defining the functions
AdaptiveUpperTolerance. In this case, the tolerance in an element is taken as the
average of the function in the quadrature points of the element. If these functions are defined,
the values set for the tolerances in the
PARAMETERS section are ignored.
The simulation can be restarted using the final distribution of polynomial orders obtained from the adaptive procedure by setting the expansions as
note that this will only affect the polynomial order. The initial condition still needs to be set correctly, and does not need to come from the same file used for the expansions.