Implementation of the transient adaptive sub-cell module for the parallel DSMC code

K. C. Tseng, H. M. Cave, T. C. Kuo, M. C. Jermy, S. P. Krumdieck, Jong-Shinn Wu

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A method of transient adaptive sub-cells (TAS) suitable for unstructured grids in Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) simulations is introduced. The TAS algorithm is implemented within the frame work of a parallelized DSMC code (PDSC). Benchmarking tests are conducted for driven cavity flow, hypersonic flow over a two-dimensional cylinder and the unsteady vortex shedding behind a two-dimensional cylinder. The use of TAS enabled a reduction in the computational expense of the simulation since larger sampling cells and less simulation particles could be employed. Furthermore, the collision quality of the simulation was maintained or improved and the preservation of property gradients and vorticity at the scale of the sub-cells enabled correct unsteady vortex shedding frequencies to be predicted. The use of TAS in a parallel DSMC code allows simulations of unsteady processes at a near continuum level to be carried out efficiently, accurately and with acceptable computational times.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-292
Number of pages6
JournalAIP Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2009
Event26th International Symposium on Rarefied Gas Dynamics, RGD26 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 20 Jul 200825 Jul 2008


  • DSMC
  • Driven cavity flow
  • Hypersonic
  • Unsteady
  • Vortex shedding


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