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IFP-C3D: an Unstructured Parallel Solver for Reactive Compressible Gas Flow with Spray

J. Bohbot 1, * N. Gillet 1 A. Benkenida 1 
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Abstract : IFP-C3D, a hexahedral unstructured parallel solver dedicated to multiphysics calculation, is being developed at IFP to compute the compressible combustion in internal engines. IFP-C3D uses an unstructured formalism, the finite volume method on staggered grids, time splitting, SIMPLE loop, sub-cycled advection, turbulent and Lagrangian spray and a liquid film model. Original algorithms and models such as the conditional temporal interpolation methodology for moving grids, the remapping algorithm for transferring quantities on different meshes during the computation enable IFP-C3D to deal with complex moving geometries with large volume deformation induced by all moving geometrical parts (intake/exhaust valve, piston). The Van Leer and Superbee slop limiters are used for advective fluxes and the wall law for the heat transfer model. Physical models developed at IFP for combustion (ECFM gasoline combustion model and ECFM3Z for Diesel combustion model), for ignition (TKI for auto-ignition and AKTIM for spark plug ignition) and for spray modelling enable the simulation of a large variety of innovative engine configurations from non-conventional Diesel engines using for instance HCCI combustion mode, to direct injection hydrogen internal combustion engines. Large super-scalar machines up to 1 000 processors are being widely used and IFP-C3D has been optimized for running on these Cluster machines. IFP-C3D is parallelized using the Message Passing Interface (MPI) library to distribute calculation over a large number of processors. Moreover, IFP-C3D uses an optimized linear algebraic library to solve linear matrix systems and the METIS partitionner library to distribute the computational load equally for all meshes used during the calculation and in particular during the remap stage when new meshes are loaded. Numerical results and timing are presented to demonstrate the computational efficiency of the code.
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J. Bohbot, N. Gillet, A. Benkenida. IFP-C3D: an Unstructured Parallel Solver for Reactive Compressible Gas Flow with Spray. Oil & Gas Science and Technology - Revue d'IFP Energies nouvelles, Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP), 2009, 64 (3), pp.309-335. ⟨10.2516/ogst/2009016⟩. ⟨hal-02001540⟩



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