Special Seminar in Applied Mathematics

Wednesday February 12, 2014 4:00 PM

Development and Applications of Numerical Solvers for Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations on Octree Adaptive Grids

Speaker: Professor Frederic G. Gibou, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics, UC Santa Barbara
Location: Annenberg 213

Several phenomena in the physical and the life sciences can be modeled as time dependent free boundary problems and
nonlinear partial differential equations. Examples include the study of electro-osmotic flows, solidification of binary alloys,
free surface flows and multiphase flows in porous media. One of the main difficulties in solving numerically these equations
is associated with the fact that such problems involve dissimilar length scales, with smaller scales influencing larger ones so
that nontrivial pattern formation dynamics can be expected to occur at all intermediate scales. Uniform grids are limited in
their ability to resolve small scales and are in such situations extremely inefficient in terms of memory storage and CPU
requirements. Another difficulty stems from the fact that the geometry of the problems is often arbitrary and special care
is needed to correctly apply boundary conditions. In this talk, I will present recent advances in the numerical treatment of
interface problem and describe new numerical solvers for nonlinear partial differential equations in the context of adaptive
mesh refinement based on Octree grids. If time permits, I will also present a method for accurately simulating fluid-solid
two-way coupling.

Series Special Seminars in Applied Mathematics

Contact: Carmen Nemer-Sirois at 4561 carmens@caltech.edu