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Investigation of Particle-in-Cell Acceleration Techniques for Plasma Simulations
37th AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference
  • David D. Marshall, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
  • Douglas B. VanGilder, Combustion Research and Flow Technology, Inc. - Pennsylvania
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COLISEUM is an application framework that integrates plasma propagation schemes and arbitrary 3D surface geometries. Using Particle-in-Cell (PIC) schemes to model the plasma propagation high fidelity modeling of the plasma and its interactions with the surfaces is possible. In order to improve the computational performance of the Particle-in-Cell scheme with Direct Simulation Monte Carlo collision modeling (PIC-DSMC) within COLISEUM, AQUILA, acceleration techniques have been developed that significantly decrease the amount of CPU time needed to obtain a steady-state solution. These techniques have been demonstrated to decrease the CPU time from 3 to 24 times with little appreciable differences in the global particle properties and number densities. This work investigates the differences in the local plasma properties that result from the application of the different acceleration techniques. Results show that the subcycling acceleration scheme does accurately capture the macroscopic flow properties (such as particle counts and species number densities) and the velocity distributions in the lower density regions of the flow field. However, the higher density regions of the flow field (such as in the main beam of the plasma source) show significant differences that are believed to be associated with the simplifying assumptions used in the original collision modeling scheme within the PIC-DSMC module AQUILA.
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David D. Marshall and Douglas B. VanGilder. "Investigation of Particle-in-Cell Acceleration Techniques for Plasma Simulations" 37th AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference (2006) p. 1 - 23
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