Efficient computation of dendritic growth with r-adaptive finite element methods

Heyu Wang, Ruo Li, Tao TANG*

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This paper deals with the application of a moving grid method to the solution of a phase-field model for dendritic growth in two- and three-dimensions. A mesh is found as the solution of an optimization problem that automatically includes the boundary conditions and is solved using a multi-grid approach. The governing equations are discretized in space by linear finite elements and a split time-level scheme is used to numerically integrate in time. One novel aspect of the method is the choice of a regularized monitor function. The moving grid method enables us to obtain accurate numerical solutions with much less degree of freedoms. It is demonstrated numerically that the tip velocity obtained by our method is in good agreement with the previously published results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5984-6000
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Computational Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics

User-Defined Keywords

  • Dendritic growth
  • Finite element method
  • Moving mesh method
  • Phase-field model


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