Godunov-type schemes for hydrodynamic and magnetohydrodynamic modeling

Abstract : The main objective of this thesis concerns the study, design and numerical implementation of finite volume schemes based on the so-Called Godunov-Type solvers for hyperbolic systems of nonlinear conservation laws, with special attention given to the Euler equations and ideal MHD equations. First, we derive a simple and genuinely two-Dimensional Riemann solver for general conservation laws that can be regarded as an actual 2D generalization of the HLL approach, relying heavily on the consistency with the integral formulation and on the proper use of Rankine-Hugoniot relations to yield expressions that are simple enough to be applied in the structured and unstructured contexts. Then, a comparison between two methods aiming to numerically maintain the divergence constraint of the magnetic field for the ideal MHD equations is performed and we show how the 2D Riemann solver can be employed to obtain robust divergence-Free simulations. Next, we derive a relaxation scheme that incorporates gravity source terms derived from a potential into the hydrodynamic equations, an important problem in astrophysics, and finally, we review the design of finite volume approximations in curvilinear coordinates, providing a fresher view on an alternative discretization approach. Throughout this thesis, numerous numerical results are shown.
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Jeaniffer Vides Higueros. Godunov-type schemes for hydrodynamic and magnetohydrodynamic modeling. General Mathematics [math.GM]. Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, 2014. English. ⟨NNT : 2014NICE4077⟩. ⟨tel-01120876⟩

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