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Advection using Radial Basis Functions  problem with spatial convergence 

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February 20, 2019, 13:54 
Advection using Radial Basis Functions  problem with spatial convergence

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Dawid Strzelczyk
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Hello everyone, I'd like to ask You for help with my issue:
Using MATLAB I'm trying to retrieve results from the article by Flyer and Wright (https://www.researchgate.net/publica...asis_functions) presented in subsection "Solid body rotation" (pp. 10661075). I focus on advecting Gaussian bell initial condition. Using the code and parameters such as timestep size or wind velocity presented in the paper's appendix I want to obtain spatial convergence results from Fig. 10b (computed using 4th order Runge Kutta timestepping). For coarser nodesets, it works quiet well, while for the finer ones the errors does not fall down anymore (solid line in the figure below): flyer_conv.PNG The situation gets a little better when I use 5th order RungKuttaFehlberg time integration and decrease the timestep size (dashed lines). Note, that  in compliance with the paper  timestep size is kept constant for all nodesets. Looking at the figure, it seems to me, that for the denser nodesets temporal errors outweigh spatial ones and that's why errors behave this way. Following this thought, I plotted the differentiation matrix (defined in the paper at page 1067 and 1068) eigenvalues for each nodeset to check if it falls into RK4 or RKF5 stability regions, and what I've found is that not all of them do: flyer_eig1.PNG And after some magnification: flyer_eig2.PNG What I've also noticed is that increasing the nodes count results in bigger real (especially positive) and imaginary parts of eigenvalues, which  for me  might explain the errors behaviour (bigger eigenvalues fall out of the RK stability region "more", thus introducing bigger temporal errors). Let me also attach my plot of temporal evolution of errors for each nodeset (L2 normalized error is plotted black, Linf error  red, numbers at the arrows denote node count): flyer_time_evolution.jpg It looks like there's no difference in errors evolution for the two finest nodesets. I also do not have any explanation for errors nearly not increasing in time for the coarser nodesets. Concluding, here are the things that I'd like to ask You:
I'm currently working on a similar code, for solving advection equation with Gaussian bell IC on [0, 1) x [0, 1) square with periodic BCs (implemented by incorporating values of RBFs from "neighbouring" domains into my interpolation matrix [named "A" in the paper]) and I'm getting very similar results. Thank You for Your time and help. 

February 20, 2019, 18:56 

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Filippo Maria Denaro
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The presence of the onset of a numerical instability appears clearly in the solution by the superimposed wiggles that appears at high frequency, close to the Nyquist one. You can see the plot of the solution to see if it is free of oscillations.
But I suppose that the fact that the slope does no longer diminish depends on the type of accuracy test. When you fix the time step dt and change only the spatial step h you reduce only the part of the error related to the spatial derivative while taking constant the error due to the temporal scheme. After a certain level, the constant slope appear. You can try to see if this is the case by reducing the timestep or by doing the accuracy test at constant CFL, that is by changing dt and h. 

February 21, 2019, 13:41 

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Dawid Strzelczyk
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Dear Filippo,
checking the numerical solution plot, there are no wiggles You've mentioned. I've also conducted tests with constant Courant number (Co = 0.2, as for the finest nodeset for constant dt test case described in the first post). For that setup, spatial convergence becomes algebraic, not spectral. I suppose it is due to the accuracy of time stepping being worse than spatial RBF interpolation (which  in theory  is spectral) so finally temporal errors outweigh spatial errors once again. The only thing that I can't get is why this errors behaviour is not present in the paper's results. Once I've also suspected some kind of MATLAB's precision to have something to do with it, but the order of the constantslope part of spatial convergence curve is far above 1e16 which is double data precision. Nevertheless, from what You have written it seems more clear to me, why dt was kept constant in the article  probably the authors wanted to show the performance of RBF interpolation in their advection solver, not affected by accuracy of RK scheme changing with dt. If You don't mind me asking  I would be very grateful if You found some time to shed some light on the problem stated in the first question about the eigenvalues falling out off RK stability region. One again thank You for help! 

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