A simple shock-capturing technique for high-order discontinuous Galerkin methods

Author (s): Huerta, A.; Casoni, E. and Peraire, J.
Journal: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids

Volume: 69, Iss. 10
Pages: 1614 – 1632
Date: 2012

This article presents a novel shock-capturing technique for the Discontinuous Galerkin (DG) method. It is designed for compressible flow problems, which are usually characterized by the presence of strong shocks and discontinuities. The inherent structure of standard DG methods seems to suggest that they are especially adapted to capture shocks because of the numerical fluxes based on suitable approximate Riemann solvers, which, in practice, introduces some stabilization. However, the usual numerical fluxes are not suficient to stabilize the solution in the presence of shocks for large high-order elements. Here a new basis of shape functions is introduced. It has the ability to change locally between a continuous or discontinuous interpolation depending on the smoothness of the approximated function. In the presence of shocks, the new discontinuities inside an element introduce the required stabilization thanks to numerical fluxes. Large high-order elements can therefore be used and shocks captured within a single element, avoiding adaptive mesh refinement and preserving the locality and compactness of the DG scheme. Several numerical examples for transonic and supersonic flows are studied to demonstrate the applicability of the proposed approach.



@article {Casoni-HCP:12,
  Author   = {Huerta, A. and Casoni, E. and Peraire, J. },
  Title    = {A simple shock-capturing technique for high-order {D}iscontinuous
     {G}alerkin methods},
  Fjournal = {International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids},
  Journal  = {Int. J. Numer. Methods Fluids},
  Volume   = {69},
  Number   = {10},
  Pages    = {1614--1632},
  Year     = {2012},
  Url      = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/fld.2654}}