Lattice Boltzmann method on quadtree grids for simulating fluid flow through porous media: A new automatic algorithm

Foroughi, S ; Sharif University of Technology

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2013.05.047
  3. Abstract:
  4. During the past two decades, the lattice Boltzmann (LB) method has been introduced as a class of computational fluid dynamic methods for fluid flow simulations. In this method, instead of solving the Navier Stocks equation, the Boltzmann equation is solved to simulate the flow of a fluid. This method was originally developed based on uniform grids. However, in order to model complex geometries such as porous media, it can be very slow in comparison with other techniques such as finite differences and finite elements. To eliminate this limitation, a number of studies have aimed to formulate the lattice Boltzmann on the unstructured grids. This paper deals with simulating fluid flow through a synthetic porous medium using the LB method and on the quadtree grid structure. To this end, the LB method was used on nonuniform grids coupled with a technique for image reconstruction which resulted in the quadtree grids for simulation of fluid flow through porous media. Accuracy and efficiency of this algorithm is compared against the conventional LB method based on uniform grids. While the decrease in computational time in the proposed LB method on nonuniform grids is found to be significant regarding the size of the initial and reconstructed images, the same level of accuracy is obtained when compared with the conventional LB method on uniform grids
  5. Keywords:
  6. Fluid flow ; Porous media ; Automatic algorithms ; Boltzmann methods ; Computational fluid dynamic methods ; Flow through porous medias ; Lattice ; Lattice Boltzmann method ; Quadtree grids ; Reconstructed image ; Algorithms ; Boltzmann equation ; Computational fluid dynamics ; Image reconstruction ; Microstrip devices ; Porous materials ; Flow of fluids
  7. Source: Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications ; Vol. 392, issue. 20 , May , 2013 , p. 4772-4786 ; ISSN: 03784371
  8. URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378437113004895