14-17 May 2018
New Orleans
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On the Reuse of Multiscale Basis Functions for the Approximation of Time-dependent Problems

16 May 2018, 17:01
New Orleans

New Orleans

Poster + 3 Minute Pitch MS 2.08: Recent Advances in Multiscale Methods and Uncertainty Quantification Parallel 8-H


Prof. Felipe Pereira (The University of Texas at Dallas)


In the formulation of multiscale methods for second order elliptic equations that are based on domain decomposition procedures, (see e.g. the Multiscale Mortar Mixed Finite Element Method (MMMFEM) [1], the Multiscale Mixed Method (MuMM) [2], Multiscale Robin Coupled (MRC) [3], the Multiscale Hybrid - Mixed Finite Element Method (MHM) [4]) typically the computational domain is decomposed into subdomains, and for each subdomain a set of multiscale basis functions is numerically constructed. Consider the application of such a method to solve a multiphase flow problem [5] or in a Markov chain Monte Carlo (McMC) uncertainty quantification study with a random walk sampler [6]. In these problems (from a time step to the next, for the flow problem and from one sample to the next, for the McMC study) in principle, the multiscale basis functions should be recomputed because the coefficients of the underlying PDE will change. However, these changes are typically small. Thus, instead of calculating again all the multiscale basis function, we investigate the possibility of finding an approximate solution for the equation with modified coefficients using simple perturbation theory, followed by a downscaling step (needed to recover fine grid velocity fields for transport calculations). In this presentation, we focus on the MuMM [2], and we show that, in fact, the perturbation theory may produce accurate solutions, while taking advantage of multiscale basis function associated with the elliptic equation with distinct coefficients.

An efficient parallel algorithm is implemented in multi-core machines. Numerical experiments, where the perturbation theory results are compared with direct fine grid solutions, are presented and discussed.


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[2] A. Francisco, V. Ginting, F. Pereira, J. Rigelo. Design and implementation of a multiscale mixed method based on a nonoverlapping domain decomposition procedure. Math. Compute. Simul. 99:125–138, 2014.
[3] R. Guiraldello, R. Ausas, F. Sousa, F. Pereira, G. Buscaglia. The Multiscale Robin Coupled Method for flows in porous media, Journal of Computational Physics 355(15):1-21, 2018.
[4] R. Araya, C. Harder, D. Paredes, and F. Valentin. Multiscale Hybrid-Mixed Method. SIAM Journal of Numerical Analysis, 51(6):30505–3531, 2013.
[5] J. Douglas, F. Furtado, and F. Pereira. On the numerical simulation of waterflooding of heterogeneous
petroleum reservoirs. Computational Geosciences 1: 155, 1997.
[6] M. Akbarabadi, M. Borges, A. Jan, F. Pereira, M. Piri, On the Validation of a Compositional Model for the Simulation of CO2 Injection into Saline Aquifers. Transport Porous Media 119: 25, 2017.

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Prof. Felipe Pereira (The University of Texas at Dallas) Dr Fabricio Sousa (University of Sao Paulo) Ms Het Mankad (The University of Texas at Dallas )

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