Mesh generation for thin layered domains and its application to parallel multigrid simulation of groundwater flow

Sebastian Reiter, Dmitry Logashenko, Andreas Vogel, Gabriel Wittum

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Abstract

The generation of detailed three dimensional meshes for the simulation of groundwater flow in thin layered domains is crucial to capture important properties of the underlying domains and to reach a satisfying accuracy. At the same time, this level of detail poses high demands both on suitable hardware and numerical solver efficiency. Parallel multigrid methods have been shown to exhibit near optimal weak scalability for massively parallel computations of density driven flow. A fully automated parameterized algorithm for prism based meshing of coarse grids from height data of individual layers is presented. Special structures like pinch outs of individual layers are preserved. The resulting grid is used as a starting point for parallel mesh and hierarchy creation through interweaved projected refinement and redistribution. Efficiency and applicability of the proposed approach are demonstrated for a parallel multigrid based simulation of a realistic sample problem.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalComputing and Visualization in Science
Volume23
Issue number1-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 20 2020

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