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 yidongxia November 17, 2011 12:28

Linearization of viscous flux in discontinuous Galerkin finite element methods

I'm a student studying discontinuous Galerkin (DG) finite element methods in CFD.

Many papers related to implicit DG methods for Navier-Stokes equations claim that the linearization of viscous flux (viscous Jacobian matrix) is computed analytically, but provide no more details.

In finite volume methods, it's not necessary to compute the viscous Jacobian matrix explicitly. A common simplification is to use the spectral radius instead of analytically derived viscous Jacobian matrix. However for DG methods, I haven't seen any papers addressing the derivation of viscous Jacobians explicitly. So far as my own experience can tell, if the linearization of viscous flux is not treated carefully, the implicit solver will not work.:(

If it happens that you are familiar with DG methods, I'll appreciate so much if you would share your experience and discuss with me :):)

 praveen November 17, 2011 13:11

If you treat any coefficients in the viscous terms as constants, then the viscous terms are linear, e.g., , consider to be constant for derivation of implicit scheme. Assembling such terms will give you A*U where A is a matrix and U is the vector of unknown solution. The linearization of this is just A*dU. At the analytical level, you have a bilinear for a(u,v) representing the viscous terms. Its linearlization is just a(du, v) whose assembled version is A*dU.

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