Volume 547, November 2012
|Number of page(s)||21|
|Section||Numerical methods and codes|
|Published online||22 October 2012|
THC: a new high-order finite-difference high-resolution shock-capturing code for special-relativistic hydrodynamics
Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik, Albert Einstein
2 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA
Accepted: 31 July 2012
We present THC: a new high-order flux-vector-splitting code for Newtonian and special-relativistic hydrodynamics designed for direct numerical simulations of turbulent flows. Our code implements a variety of different reconstruction algorithms, such as the popular weighted essentially non oscillatory and monotonicity-preserving schemes, or the more specialised bandwidth-optimised WENO scheme that has been specifically designed for the study of compressible turbulence.
We show the first systematic comparison of these schemes in Newtonian physics as well as for special-relativistic flows. In particular we will present the results obtained in simulations of grid-aligned and oblique shock waves and nonlinear, large-amplitude, smooth adiabatic waves. We will also discuss the results obtained in classical benchmarks such as the double-Mach shock reflection test in Newtonian physics or the linear and nonlinear development of the relativistic Kelvin-Helmholtz instability in two and three dimensions. Finally, we study the turbulent flow induced by the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability and we show that our code is able to obtain well-converged velocity spectra, from which we benchmark the effective resolution of the different schemes.
Key words: hydrodynamics / shock waves / turbulence / methods: numerical
© ESO, 2012
Current usage metrics show cumulative count of Article Views (full-text article views including HTML views, PDF and ePub downloads, according to the available data) and Abstracts Views on Vision4Press platform.
Data correspond to usage on the plateform after 2015. The current usage metrics is available 48-96 hours after online publication and is updated daily on week days.
Initial download of the metrics may take a while.