An explicit meshless point collocation method for electrically driven magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) flow

G.C. Bourantas, V.C. Loukopoulos, G.R. Joldes, A. Wittek, K. Miller

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In this paper, we develop a meshless collocation scheme for the numerical solution of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) flow equations. We consider the transient laminar flow of an incompressible, viscous and electrically conducting fluid in a rectangular duct. The flow is driven by the current produced by electrodes placed on the walls of the duct. The method combines a meshless collocation scheme with the newly developed Discretization Corrected Particle Strength Exchange (DC PSE) interpolation method. To highlight the applicability of the method, we discretize the spatial domain by using uniformly (Cartesian) and irregularly distributed nodes. The proposed solution method can handle high Hartmann (Ha) numbers and captures the boundary layers formed in such cases, without the presence of unwanted oscillations, by employing a local mesh refinement procedure close to the boundaries. The use of local refinement reduces the computational cost. We apply an explicit time integration scheme and we compute the critical time step that ensures stability through the Gershgorin theorem. Finally, we present numerical results obtained using different orientation of the applied magnetic field. (C) 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-233
Number of pages19
JournalApplied Mathematics and Computation
Early online date10 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019


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