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ADAPTIVE MESH REFINEMENT IN THE DAM-BREAK PROBLEMS

Garcia, M. L.; Popiolek, T. L.;

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This study brings an adaptive mesh strategy applied to the numerical simulation of free-surface shallow water problems. In the solver the shallow water equations are integrated with the explicit two-step Taylor-Galerkin method. Equations are first discretized in time with a Taylor''s series expansion and then in space using the Garlerkin technique. The finite ele-ment method with triangular unstructured meshes is used to solve the problem. An adaptive mesh strategy is added to the solver in order to obtain more precise solutions at low computa-tional costs. The strategy consists in a mesh refinement and smoothing procedure that uses an error indicator and an adaptation criterion for the identification of the mesh elements that will be refined. The elements identified to be refined are divided in four new elements. Re-finement closure is also performed to guarantee the integrity of the new mesh. In order to ensure a smooth transition among elements of different size, a smoothing procedure is applied to the mesh after its refinement. The elements to be refined are identified by error indicators that take into account the depth and velocity gradients. The adaptation criterion is defined based on these error indicators. The dam-break problem is solved with the proposed method-ology and results are compared with previous published studies.

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Palavras-chave: Adaptive meshes, finite elements, shallow water, dam-break problems,

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DOI: 10.5151/meceng-wccm2012-19753

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Garcia, M. L.; Popiolek, T. L.; "ADAPTIVE MESH REFINEMENT IN THE DAM-BREAK PROBLEMS", p. 4163-4175 . In: In Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Computational Mechanics [= Blucher Mechanical Engineering Proceedings, v. 1, n. 1]. São Paulo: Blucher, 2014.
ISSN 2358-0828, DOI 10.5151/meceng-wccm2012-19753

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