A comparison of Rosenbrock and ESDIRK methods combined with iterative solvers for unsteady compressible flows

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In this article, we endeavour to find a fast solver for finite volume discretizations for compressible unsteady viscous flows. Thereby, we concentrate on comparing the efficiency of important classes of time integration schemes, namely time adaptive Rosenbrock, singly diagonally implicit (SDIRK) and explicit first stage singly diagonally implicit Runge-Kutta (ESDIRK) methods. To make the comparison fair, efficient equation system solvers need to be chosen and a smart choice of tolerances is needed. This is determined from the tolerance TOL that steers time adaptivity. For implicit Runge-Kutta methods, the solver is given by preconditioned inexact Jacobian-free Newton-Krylov (JFNK) and for Rosenbrock, it is preconditioned Jacobian-free GMRES. To specify the tolerances in there, we suggest a simple strategy of using TOL/100 that is a good compromise between stability and computational effort. Numerical experiments for different test cases show that the fourth order Rosenbrock method RODASP and the fourth order ESDIRK method ESDIRK4 are best for fine tolerances, with RODASP being the most robust scheme.


  • David S. Blom
  • Philipp Birken
  • Hester Bijl
  • Fleur Kessels
  • Andreas Meister
  • Alexander H. van Zuijlen
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Externa organisationer
  • Delft University of Technology
  • University of Kassel

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Sidor (från-till)1401–1426
Antal sidor26
TidskriftAdvances in Computational Mathematics
Utgåva nummer6
StatusPublished - 2016 dec
Peer review utfördJa