An efficient algorithm for simulating ensembles of parameterized MHD flow problems

08/11/2021
by   Muhammad Mohebujjaman, et al.
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In this paper, we propose, analyze, and test an efficient algorithm for computing ensemble average of incompressible magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) flows, where instances/members correspond to varying kinematic viscosity, magnetic diffusivity, body forces, and initial conditions. The algorithm is decoupled in Elsässer variables and permits a shared coefficient matrix for all members at each time-step. Thus, the algorithm is much more computationally efficient than separately computing simulations for each member using usual MHD algorithms. We prove the proposed algorithm is unconditionally stable and convergent. Several numerical tests are given to support the predicted convergence rates. Finally, we test the proposed scheme and observe how the physical behavior changes as the coupling number increases in a lid-driven cavity problem with mean Reynolds number Re≈ 15000, and as the deviation of uncertainties in the initial and boundary conditions increases in a channel flow past a step problem.

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