A Fourier-based elliptic solver for vortical flows with periodic and unbounded directions

Chatelain P., Koumoutsakos P., Journal of Computational Physics, 229, 7, 2425-2431, 2010


We present a computationally efficient, adaptive solver for the solution of the Poisson and Helmholtz equation used in flow simulations in domains with combinations of unbounded and periodic directions. The method relies on using FFTs on an extended domain and it is based on the method proposed by Hockney and Eastwood for plasma simulations. The method is well-suited to problems with dynamically growing domains and in particular flow simulations using vortex particle methods. The efficiency of the method is demonstrated in simulations of trailing vortices.