Cross-code comparisons of mixing during the implosion of dense cylindrical and spherical shells

C. C. Joggerst, Anthony Nelson, Paul Woodward, Catherine Lovekin, Thomas Masser, Chris L. Fryer, P. Ramaprabhu, Marianne Francois, Gabriel Rockefeller

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We present simulations of the implosion of a dense shell in two-dimensional (2D) spherical and cylindrical geometry performed with four different compressible, Eulerian codes: RAGE, FLASH, CASTRO, and PPM. We follow the growth of instabilities on the inner face of the dense shell. Three codes employed Cartesian grid geometry, and one (FLASH) employed polar grid geometry. While the codes are similar, they employ different advection algorithms, limiters, adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) schemes, and interface-preservation techniques. We find that the growth rate of the instability is largely insensitive to the choice of grid geometry or other implementation details specific to an individual code, provided the grid resolution is sufficiently fine. Overall, all simulations from different codes compare very well on the fine grids for which we tested them, though they show slight differences in small-scale mixing. Simulations produced by codes that explicitly limit numerical diffusion show a smaller amount of small-scale mixing than codes that do not. This difference is most prominent for low-mode perturbations where little instability finger interaction takes place, and less prominent for high- or multi-mode simulations where a great deal of interaction takes place, though it is still present. We present RAGE and FLASH simulations to quantify the initial perturbation amplitude to wavelength ratio at which metrics of mixing agree across codes, and find that bubble/spike amplitudes are converged for low-mode and high-mode simulations in which the perturbation amplitude is more than 1% and 5% of the wavelength of the perturbation, respectively. Other metrics of small-scale mixing depend on details of multi-fluid advection and do not converge between codes for the resolutions that were accessible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-173
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Computational Physics
StatePublished - Oct 15 2014

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Funding Information:
This work was performed under the auspices of the United States Department of Energy ( DOD ) by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, at Los Alamos National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396 . The software used in this work was in part developed by the DOE NNSA-ASC OASCR Flash Center at the University of Chicago.


  • Code comparison
  • Fluid instabilities
  • Implosion


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