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Computational Aspects of Multiscale Simulation with the Lumped Particle Framework

  • Omar al-Khayat (a1) and Hans Petter Langtangen (a2) (a3)


First introduced in, the lumped particle framework is a flexible and numerically efficient framework for the modelling of particle transport in fluid flow. In this paper, the framework is expanded to simulate multicomponent particle-laden fluid flow. This is accomplished by introducing simulation protocols to model particles over a wide range of length and time scales. Consequently, we present a time ordering scheme and an approximate approach for accelerating the computation of evolution of different particle constituents with large differences in physical scales. We apply the extended framework on the temporal evolution of three particle constituents in sandladen flow, and horizontal release of spherical particles. Furthermore, we evaluate the numerical error of the lumped particle model. In this context, we discuss the Velocity-Verlet numerical scheme, and show how to apply this to solving Newton’s equations within the framework. We show that the increased accuracy of the Velocity-Verlet scheme is not lost when applied to the lumped particle framework.


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