Application of linear multifrequency-grey acceleration to preconditioned Krylov iterations for thermal radiation transport Academic Article uri icon


  • 2018 Elsevier Inc. The thermal radiative transfer (TRT) equations comprise a radiation equation coupled to the material internal energy equation. Linearization of these equations produces effective, thermally-redistributed scattering through absorption-reemission. We investigate the effectiveness and efficiency of Linear-Multi-Frequency-Grey (LMFG) acceleration that has been reformulated for use as a preconditioner to Krylov iterative solution methods. We introduce two general frameworks, the scalar flux formulation (SFF) and the absorption rate formulation (ARF), and investigate their iterative properties in the absence and presence of true scattering. SFF has a group-dependent state size but may be formulated without inner iterations in the presence of scattering, while ARF has a group-independent state size but requires inner iterations when scattering is present. We compare and evaluate the computational cost and efficiency of LMFG applied to these two formulations using a direct solver for the preconditioners. This work is novel because the use of LMFG for the radiation transport equation, in conjunction with Krylov methods, involves special considerations not required for radiation diffusion.

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  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Till, A. T., Warsa, J. S., & Morel, J. E.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Till, Andrew T||Warsa, James S||Morel, Jim E

publication date

  • November 2018