The two-dimensional version of CAVEAT is a computer code which solves
numerically the equations of transient, multimaterial, compressible fluid
dynamics. CAVEAT is written to treat a wide variety of problems. It has
the ability, for example, to describe material interfaces and the large
slip along interfaces, to describe complex geometries without sacrificing
vector processing, and to apply tabular equations of state (SESAME library).
Its numerical methods were chosen to minimize numerical diffusion, achieve
a high degree of vectorization, and facilitate extension to three dimensions.
CAVEAT uses an explicit time-marching, conservative finite-volume numerical
technique in which all state variables, including velocity, are cell centered;
values at vertices and cell faces are derived. The technique is a variation
of the Godunov method that uses an approximate Riemann solver and accommodates
arbitrary equations of state. Spatial differencing may either be first
order (constant across the cell) or second order (linear variation across
the cell) with a choice of limiters of the gradient in an attempt to preserve
monotonicity. The formulation is spatially two-dimensional with options
for Cartesian and curvilinear geometries. Discretization is achieved with
a mesh of arbitrary quadrilateral cells whose vertices can move with time.
Arbitrary mesh motion is supported by allowing transport of material between
cells according to the Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) technique.
The computation is performed in two phases: a Lagrangian phase and a remapping
phase in which conserved variables are transferred from the Lagrangian
mesh to an arbitrary specified mesh. The dynamic mesh capability generally
smooths distortions in the mesh and can also result in higher resolution
around features of interest, such as a shock discontinuity.
A manual for CAVEAT is available (below). Because of the maturity and
expanded use of CAVEAT, this manual includes new sections directed toward
first-time users. The main improvements and changes to the hydrodynamics
since the last release are the addition of interacting blocks of mesh,
greatly improved vectorization, directional splitting in the remap phase,
a faster global rezone method, and a new tangential rezone method.
Learn more about Caveat through the users Manual
(LA-10613-MS-REVISED, pdf, 800k).
For more information about CAVEAT, contact Norman Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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