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Variational discretization of the Navier-Stokes-Fourier system


This paper presents the variational discretization of the compressible Navier-Stokes-Fourier system, in which the viscosity and the heat conduction terms are handled within the variational approach to nonequilibrium thermodynamics as developed by one of the authors. In a first part, we review the variational framework for the Navier-Stokes-Fourier (NSF) system in the smooth setting. In a second part, we review a discrete exterior calculus based on discrete diffeomorphisms then proceed to establish the spatially discretized variational principle for the NSF system through the use of this discrete exterior calculus, which yields a semi-discrete nonholonomic variational principle, as well as semi-discrete evolution equations. In order to avoid important technical difficulties, further treatment of the phenomenological constraint is needed. In a third part we discretize in time the spatial variational principle underlying the NSF system by extending previous work of the authors, which at last yields a nonholonomic variational integrator for the NSF system, as well as fully discrete evolution equations.

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hal-03872221 , version 1 (25-11-2022)



Benjamin Couéraud, François Gay-Balmaz. Variational discretization of the Navier-Stokes-Fourier system. 2022. ⟨hal-03872221⟩
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