Radial-basis-function calculations of heat and viscous flows in multiply-connected domains

Le-Cao, Khoa (2011) Radial-basis-function calculations of heat and viscous flows in multiply-connected domains. [Thesis (PhD/Research)]

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This PhD research project is concerned with the development of accurate and efficient numerical methods, which are based on one-dimensional integrated radial basis function networks (1D-IRBFNs), point collocation and Cartesian grids,
for the numerical simulation of heat and viscous flows in multiply-connected domains, and their applications to the numerical prediction of the material properties of suspensions (i.e. particulate fluids). In the proposed techniques, the employment of 1D-IRBFNs, where the RBFN approximations on each grid line are constructed through integration, provides a powerful means of representing the field variables, while the use of Cartesian grids and point collocation provides an efficient way to discretise the governing equations defined on complicated domains.

Firstly, 1D-IRBFN-based methods are developed for the simulation of heat transfer problems governed by Poisson equations in multiply-connected domains. Derivative boundary conditions are imposed in an exact manner with
the help of the integration constants. Secondly, 1D-IRBFN based methods are further developed for the discretisation of the stream-function - vorticity formulation and the stream-function formulation governing the motion of a New-
tonian fluid in multiply-connected domains. For the stream-function - vorticity formulation, a novel formula for obtaining a computational vorticity boundary condition on a curved boundary is proposed and successfully verified. For
the stream-function formulation, double boundary conditions are implemented without the need to use external points or to reduce the number of interior nodes for collocating the governing equations. Processes of implementing cross
derivatives and deriving the stream-function values on separate boundaries are presented in detail. Thirdly, for a more efficient discretisation, 1D-IRBFNs are incorporated into the domain embedding technique. The multiply-connected
domain is transformed into a simply-connected domain, which is more suitable for problems with several unconnected interior moving boundaries. Finally, 1D-IRBFN-based methods are applied to predict the bulk properties of particulate
suspensions under simple shear conditions.

All simulated results using Cartesian grids of relatively coarse density agree well
with other numerical results available in the literature, which indicates that the
proposed discretisation schemes are useful numerical techniques for the analysis
of heat and viscous flows in multiply-connected domains.

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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2011 05:50
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2016 01:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: radial basis function calculations; heat and viscous flows; multiply-connected domains
Fields of Research : 01 Mathematical Sciences > 0103 Numerical and Computational Mathematics > 010301 Numerical Analysis
09 Engineering > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091501 Computational Fluid Dynamics
09 Engineering > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091504 Fluidisation and Fluid Mechanics
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19559

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