|Date:||Wed, March 6, 2013|
|Place:||Research I Seminar Room|
Abstract: Smoothness-increasing accuracy-conserving (SIAC) filters were introduced as a class of post-processing techniques to ameliorate the quality of numerical solutions of discontinuous Galerkin (DG) simulations. SIAC filtering works to eliminate the oscillations in the error by introducing smoothness back to the DG field and raises the accuracy in the L2-norm up to its natural super-convergent accuracy in the negative-order norm. The increased smoothness in the filtered DG solutions can then be exploited by simulation post-processing tools such as streamline integrators where the absence of continuity in the data can lead to erroneous visualizations. However, lack of extension of this filtering technique, both theoretically and computationally, to nontrivial mesh structures along with the expensive core operators have been a hindrance towards the application of the SIAC filters to more realistic simulations.
In this dissertation, we focus on the numerical solutions of linear hyperbolic equations solved with the discontinuous Galerkin scheme and provide a thorough analysis of SIAC filtering applied to such solution data. In particular, we investigate how the use of different quadrature techniques could mitigate the extensive processing required when filtering over the whole computational field. Moreover, we provide detailed and efficient algorithms that a numerical practitioner requires to know in order to implement this filtering technique effectively. In our first attempt to expand the application scope of this filtering technique, we demonstrate both mathematically and through numerical examples that it is indeed possible to observe SIAC filtering characteristics when applied to numerical solutions obtained over structured triangular meshes. We further provide a thorough investigation of the interplay between mesh geometry and filtering. Building upon these promising results, we present how SIAC filtering could be applied to gain higher accuracy and smoothness when dealing with totally unstructured triangular meshes. Lastly, we provide the extension of our filtering scheme to structured tetrahedral meshes. Guidelines and future work regarding the application of the SIAC filter in the visualization domain are also presented. We further note that throughout this document, the terms post-processing and filtering will be used interchangeably.