Efficient solvers for nonlinear time-periodic eddy current problems

Florian Bachinger, Ulrich Langer, Joachim Schöberl

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This work deals with all aspects of the numerical simulation of nonlinear time-periodic eddy current problems, ranging from the description of the nonlinearity to an efficient solution procedure. Due to the periodicity of the solution, we suggest a truncated Fourier series expansion, i.e. a so-called multiharmonic ansatz, instead of a costly time-stepping scheme. Linearization is done by a Newton iteration, where the preconditioning of the linearized problems is a special issue: since the matrices are non-symmetric, we need a special adaptation of a multigrid preconditioner to our problem. Eddy current problems comprise another difficulty that complicates the numerical simulation, namely the formation of extremely thin boundary layers. This challenge is handled by means of adaptive mesh refinement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-207
Number of pages11
JournalComputing and Visualization in Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes

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