A novel reduced-order model (ROM) formulation for incompressible flows is presented with the key property that it exhibits non-linearly stability, independent of the mesh (of the full order model), the time step, the viscosity, and the number of modes. The two essential elements to non-linear stability are: (1) first discretise the full order model, and then project the discretised equations, and (2) use spatial and temporal discretisation schemes for the full order model that are globally energy-conserving (in the limit of vanishing viscosity). For this purpose, as full order model a staggered-grid finite volume method in conjunction with an implicit Runge-Kutta method is employed. In addition, a constrained singular value decomposition is employed which enforces global momentum conservation. The resulting ‘velocity-only’ ROM is thus globally conserving mass, momentum and kinetic energy. For non-homogeneous boundary conditions, a (one-time) Poisson equation is solved that accounts for the boundary contribution. The stability of the proposed ROM is demonstrated in several test cases. Furthermore, it is shown that explicit Runge-Kutta methods can be used as a practical alternative to implicit time integration at a slight loss in energy conservation.

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Journal of Computational Physics
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Amsterdam (CWI), The Netherlands

Sanderse, B. (2020). Non-linearly stable reduced-order models for incompressible flow with energy-conserving finite volume methods. Journal of Computational Physics, 421. doi:10.1016/j.jcp.2020.109736