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Volume 247, 2021PHYSOR2020 – International Conference on Physics of Reactors: Transition to a Scalable Nuclear Future
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COMPARING THE DISCONTINUOUS GALERKIN AND HIGH-ORDER DIAMOND DIFFERENCING METHODS FOR THE TRANSPORT EQUATION ON A LOZENGE-BASED HEXAGONAL GEOMETRY
Polytechnique Montréal 2500, chemin de Polytechnique, Montréal, QC H3T 1J4, Canada
Published online: 22 February 2021
This paper presents an implementation and a comparison of two spatial discretisation schemes over a hexagonal geometry for the two-dimensional discrete ordinates transport equation. The methods are a high-order Discontinuous Galerkin (DG) finite element scheme and a high-order Diamond Differencing (DD) scheme. The DG method has been, and is being, studied on the hexagonal geometry, also called a honeycomb mesh – but not the DD method. In this research effort, it was chosen to divide the hexagons into (at least) three lozenges. An affine transformation is then applied onto said lozenges to cast them into the reference quadrilaterals usually studied in finite elements. In practice, this effectively means that the equations used in Cartesian geometry have their terms and operators altered using the Jacobian matrix of the transformation. This was implemented in the discrete ordinates solver of the code DRAGON5. Two 2D benchmark problems were then used for the verification and validation, including one based on the Monju 3D reactor benchmark. It was found that the diamond-differencing scheme seemed better. It converged much faster towards the solution at comparable mesh refinements for first-order expansion of the flux. Even if this difference was not present for second-order, DG was slower, about two to four times slower.
Key words: reactor physics / DG method / diamond difference / hexagonal geometry / affine transformation
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