Spectral element methods for transitional flows in complex geometries. (English) Zbl 1001.76075

Summary: We describe the development and implementation of a spectral element code for simulating transitional flows in complex three-dimensional domains. Critical to this effort is the use of geometrically nonconforming elements that allow localized refinement in regions of interest, coupled with a stabilized high-order time-split formulation of semi-discrete Navier-Stokes equations. Simulations of transition in a model of an arteriovenous graft illustrate the potential of this approach in biomechanical applications.


76M22 Spectral methods applied to problems in fluid mechanics
76D05 Navier-Stokes equations for incompressible viscous fluids
76Z05 Physiological flows
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