Analysis of physics-based preconditioning for single-phase subchannel equations Conference Paper uri icon


  • The (single-phase) subchannel approximations are used throughout nuclear engineering to provide an efficient flow simulation because the computational burden is much smaller than for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations, and empirical relations have been developed and validated to provide accurate solutions in appropriate flow regimes. Here, the subchannel equations have been recast in a residual form suitable for a multi-physics framework. The eigenspectrum of the Jacobian matrix, along with several potential physics-based preconditioning approaches, are evaluated, and the the potential for improved convergence from preconditioning is assessed. The physics-based preconditioner options include several forms of reduced equations that decouple the subchannels by neglecting crossflow, conduction, and/or both turbulent momentum and energy exchange between subchannels. Eigenscopy analysis shows that preconditioning moves clusters of eigenvalues away from zero and toward one. A test problem is run with and without preconditioning. Without preconditioning, the solution failed to converge using GMRES, but application of any of the preconditioners allowed the solution to converge.

author list (cited authors)

  • Hansel, J. E., Ragusa, J. C., Allu, S., Berrill, M. A., & Clarno, K. T.

publication date

  • September 2013