Tuesday, April 16, 2013

1304.3609 (Hari Sriskantha et al.)

A partially dimensionally-split approach to numerical MHD    [PDF]

Hari Sriskantha, Maximilian Ruffert
We modify an existing magnetohydrodynamics algorithm to make it more compatible with a dimensionally-split (DS) framework. It is based on the standard reconstruct-solve-average strategy (using a Riemann solver), and relies on constrained transport to ensure that the magnetic field remains divergence-free (div B = 0). The DS approach, combined with the use of a single, cell-centred grid (for both the fluid quantities and the magnetic field), means that the algorithm can be easily added to existing DS hydrodynamics codes. This makes it particularly useful for mature astrophysical codes, which often model more complicated physical effects on top of an underlying DS hydrodynamics engine, and therefore cannot be restructured easily. Several test problems have been included to demonstrate the accuracy of the algorithm, and illustrative source code will be made freely available soon.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1304.3609

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