Energy conservative SBP discretizations of the acoustic wave equation in covariant form on staggered curvilinear grids

Ossian O'Reilly, & Anders Petersson

Submitted July 1, 2019, SCEC Contribution #9223

We develop a numerical method for solving the acoustic wave equation in covariant form on staggered curvilinear grids in an energy conserving manner. The use of a covariant basis decomposition leads to a rotationally invariant scheme that outperforms a Cartesian basis decomposition on rotated grids. The discretization is based on high order Summation-By-Parts (SBP) operators and preserves both symmetry and positive definiteness of the contravariant metric tensor. To improve accuracy and decrease computational cost, we also derive a modified discretization of the metric tensor that leads to a conditionally stable discretization. Bounds are derived that yield a point-wise condition that can be evaluated to check for stability of the modified discretization. This condition shows that the interpolation operators should be constructed such that their norm is close to unity.

Citation
O'Reilly, O., & Petersson, A. (2019). Energy conservative SBP discretizations of the acoustic wave equation in covariant form on staggered curvilinear grids. Journal of Computational Physics, (submitted).