Mapped hybrid central-WENO finite difference scheme for detonation waves simulations

Zhen Gao, Wai Sun DON*

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In this study, we employ the fifth order hybrid Central-WENO conservative finite difference scheme (Hybrid) in the simulation of detonation waves. The Hybrid scheme is used to keep the solutions parts displaying high gradients and discontinuities always captured by the WENO-Z scheme in an essentially non-oscillatory manner while the smooth parts are highly resolved by an efficient and accurate central finite difference scheme and to speedup the computation of the overall scheme. To detect the smooth and discontinuous parts of the solutions, a high order multi-resolution algorithm by Harten is used. A tangent domain mapping is used to cluster grid points near the detonation front in order to enhance the grid resolution within half reaction zone that drives the development of complex nonlinear wave structures behind the front. We conduct several numerical comparisons among the WENO-Z scheme with a uniformly spaced grid, the WENO-Z scheme and the Hybrid scheme with the domain mapping in simulations of classical stable and unstable detonation waves. One- and two-dimensional numerical examples show that the increased grid resolution in the half reaction zone by the Mapped WENO-Z scheme and the Mapped Hybrid scheme allows a significant increased efficiency and accuracy when compares with the solution obtained with a highly resolved one computed by the WENO-Z scheme with a uniformly spaced grid. Results of three-dimensional simulations of stable, slightly unstable and highly unstable detonation waves computed by the Mapped Hybrid scheme are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-371
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Scientific Computing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Engineering(all)
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics

User-Defined Keywords

  • Central finite difference
  • Detonation wave
  • Hybrid
  • Multi-resolution
  • Weighted essentially non-oscillatory


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