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A numerical spectral approach to solve the dislocation density transport equation

Abstract : A numerical spectral approach is developed to solve in a fast, stable and accurate fashion, the quasi-linear hyperbolic transport equation governing the spatio-temporal evolution of the dislocation density tensor in the mechanics of dislocation fields. The approach relies on using the Fast Fourier Transform algorithm. Low-pass spectral filters are employed to control both the high frequency Gibbs oscillations inherent to the Fourier method and the fast-growing numerical instabilities resulting from the hyperbolic nature of the transport equation. The numerical scheme is validated by comparison with an exact solution in the 1D case corresponding to dislocation dipole annihilation. The expansion and annihilation of dislocation loops in 2D and 3D settings are also produced and compared with finite element approximations. The spectral solutions are shown to be stable, more accurate for low Courant numbers and much less computation time-consuming than the finite element technique based on an explicit Galerkin-least squares scheme.
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Komlan Djaka, Vincent Taupin, Sébastien Berbenni, Claude Fressengeas. A numerical spectral approach to solve the dislocation density transport equation. Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, IOP Publishing, 2015, 23 (6), ⟨10.1088/0965-0393/23/6/065008⟩. ⟨hal-01513871⟩



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