Diffuse interface approaches in atmosphere and ocean - modeling and numerical implementation

27 Jul 2016  ·  Garcke Harald, Hinze Michael, Kahle Christian ·

We propose to model physical effects at the sharp density interface between atmosphere and ocean with the help of diffuse interface approaches for multiphase flows with variable densities. We use the variable-density model proposed in \cite{m6:AbelsGarckeGruen_CHNSmodell}... This results in a Cahn-Hilliard/Navier-Stokes type system which we complement with tangential Dirichlet boundary conditions to incorporate the effect of wind in the atmosphere. Wind is responsible for waves at the surface of the ocean, whose dynamics have an important impact on the $CO_2-$exchange between ocean and atmosphere. We tackle this mathematical model numerically with fully adaptive and integrated numerical schemes tailored to the simulation of variable density multiphase flows governed by diffuse interface models. Here, {\it fully adaptive, integrated, efficient, and reliable} means that the mesh resolution is chosen by the numerical algorithm according to a prescribed error tolerance in the {\it a posteriori} error control on the basis of residual-based error indicators, which allow to estimate the true error from below (efficient) and from above (reliable). Our approach is based on the work of \cite{m6:HintermuellerHinzeKahle_adaptiveCHNS,m6:GarckeHinzeKahle_CHNS_AGG_linearStableTimeDisc}, where a fully adaptive efficient and reliable numerical method for the simulation of two-dimensional multiphase flows with variable densities is developed. We incorporate the stimulation of surface waves via appropriate boundary conditions. read more

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