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Adjoint Recovery of Superconvergent Functionals from Approximate Solutions of Partial Differential Equations
, 1998
"... Abstract. Motivated by applications in computational fluid dynamics, a method is presented for obtaining estimates of integral functionals, such as lift or drag, that have twice the order of accuracy of the computed flow solution on which they are based. This is achieved through error analysis that ..."
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Abstract. Motivated by applications in computational fluid dynamics, a method is presented for obtaining estimates of integral functionals, such as lift or drag, that have twice the order of accuracy of the computed flow solution on which they are based. This is achieved through error analysis that uses an adjoint PDE to relate the local errors in approximating the flow solution to the corresponding global errors in the functional of interest. Numerical evaluation of the local residual error together with an approximate solution to the adjoint equations may thus be combined to produce a correction for the computed functional value that yields the desired improvement in accuracy. Numerical results are presented for the Poisson equation in one and two dimensions and for the nonlinear quasionedimensional Euler equations. The theory is equally applicable to nonlinear equations in complex multidimensional domains and holds great promise for use in a range of engineering disciplines in which a few integral quantities are a key output of numerical approximations. Key words. PDEs, adjoint equations, error analysis, superconvergence AMS subject classifications. 65G99, 76N15 PII. S0036144598349423
A Perspective on Computational Algorithms for Aerodynamic Analysis and Design
 Progress in Aerospace Sciences
, 2001
"... This paper exam nes the use of computational fluid dynamics as a tool for aircraft design. It addresses the requirements for effective industrial use, and tradeoffs between modeling accuracy and computational costs. Essential elements of algorithm design are discussed in detail, together with a uni ..."
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This paper exam nes the use of computational fluid dynamics as a tool for aircraft design. It addresses the requirements for effective industrial use, and tradeoffs between modeling accuracy and computational costs. Essential elements of algorithm design are discussed in detail, together with a unified approach to the design of shock capturing schemes. Finally, the paper discusses the use of techniques drawn from control theory to determine optimal aerodynamic shapes. In the future multidisciplinary analysis and optimization should be combined to take account of the tradeoffs in the overall performance of the complete system
Improved lift and drag estimates using adjoint Euler equations
 AIAA Paper
, 1999
"... This paper demonstrates the use of adjoint error analysis to improve the order of accuracy of integral functionals obtained from CFD calculations. Using second order accurate finite element solutions of the Poisson equation, fourth order accuracy is achieved for two different categories of functiona ..."
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This paper demonstrates the use of adjoint error analysis to improve the order of accuracy of integral functionals obtained from CFD calculations. Using second order accurate finite element solutions of the Poisson equation, fourth order accuracy is achieved for two different categories of functional in the presence of both curved boundaries and singularities. Similarly, numerical results for the Euler equations obtained using standard second order accurate approximations demonstrate fourth order accuracy for the integrated pressure in two quasi1D test cases, and a significant improvement in accuracy in a twodimensional case. This additional accuracy is achieved at the cost of an adjoint calculation similar to those performed for design optimization. 1 Introduction In aeronautical CFD, engineers desire very accurate prediction of the lift and drag on aircraft, but they are less concerned with the precise details of the flow field in general, although there is a clear need to underst...
Aerodynamic Shape Optimization Techniques Based On Control Theory
 Control Theory, CIME (International Mathematical Summer
, 1998
"... This paper review the formulation and application of optimization techniques based on control theory for aerodynamic shape design in both inviscid and viscous compressible flow . The theory is applied to a system defined by the partial differential equations of the flow, with the boundary shape acti ..."
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This paper review the formulation and application of optimization techniques based on control theory for aerodynamic shape design in both inviscid and viscous compressible flow . The theory is applied to a system defined by the partial differential equations of the flow, with the boundary shape acting as the control. The Frechet derivative of the cost function is determined via the solution of an adjoint partial differential equation, and the boundary shape is then modified in a direction of descent. This process is repeated until an optimum solution is approached. Each design cycle requires the numerical solution of both the flow and the adjoint equations, leading to a computational cost roughly equal to the cost of two flow solutions. Representative results are presented for viscous optimization of transonic wingbody combinations and inviscid optimization of complex configurations.
Adjoint equations in CFD: duality, boundary conditions and solution behaviour
, 1997
"... The first half of this paper derives the adjoint equations for inviscid and viscous compressible flow, with the emphasis being on the correct formulation of the adjoint boundary conditions and restrictions on the permissible choice of operators in the linearised functional. It is also shown that the ..."
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The first half of this paper derives the adjoint equations for inviscid and viscous compressible flow, with the emphasis being on the correct formulation of the adjoint boundary conditions and restrictions on the permissible choice of operators in the linearised functional. It is also shown that the boundary conditions for the adjoint problem can be simplified through the use of a linearised perturbation to generalised coordinates. The second half of the paper constructs the Green's functions for the quasi1D and 2D Euler equations. These are used to show that the adjoint variables have a logarithmic singularity at the sonic line in the quasi1D case, and a weak inverse squareroot singularity at the upstream stagnation streamline in the 2D case, but are continuous at shocks in both cases. 1 Introduction The last few years have seen considerable progress in the use of adjoint equations in CFD for optimal design [19]. In all of the methods, the heart of the algorithm is an optimisati...
Multipoint and Multiobjective Aerodynamic
 Shape Optimization,” AIAA Journal
"... A gradientbased Newton–Krylov algorithm is presented for the aerodynamic shape optimization of single and multielement airfoil configurations. The flow is governed by the compressible Navier–Stokes equations in conjunction with a oneequation transport turbulence model. The preconditioned general ..."
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A gradientbased Newton–Krylov algorithm is presented for the aerodynamic shape optimization of single and multielement airfoil configurations. The flow is governed by the compressible Navier–Stokes equations in conjunction with a oneequation transport turbulence model. The preconditioned generalized minimal residual method is applied to solve the discreteadjoint equation, which leads to a fast computation of accurate objective function gradients. Optimization constraints are enforced through a penalty formulation, and the resulting unconstrained problem is solved via a quasiNewton method. The new algorithm is evaluated for several design examples, including the lift enhancement of a takeoff configuration and a liftconstrained drag minimization at multiple transonic operating points. Furthermore, the new algorithm is used to compute a Pareto front based on competing objectives, and the results are validated using a genetic algorithm. Overall, the new algorithm provides an efficient approach for addressing the issues of complex aerodynamic design.
Algorithm Developments for Discrete Adjoint Methods
, 2001
"... This paper presents a number of algorithm developments for adjoint methods using the `discrete' approach in which the discretisation of the nonlinear equations is linearised and the resulting matrix is then transposed ..."
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This paper presents a number of algorithm developments for adjoint methods using the `discrete' approach in which the discretisation of the nonlinear equations is linearised and the resulting matrix is then transposed
On adjoint equations for error analysis and optimal grid adaptation in CFD
, 1997
"... This paper explains how the solutions of appropriate adjoint equations can be used to estimate the errors in important integral quantities, such as lift and drag, obtained from CFD computations. These error estimates can be used to obtain improved estimates of the integral quantities, or as the basi ..."
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This paper explains how the solutions of appropriate adjoint equations can be used to estimate the errors in important integral quantities, such as lift and drag, obtained from CFD computations. These error estimates can be used to obtain improved estimates of the integral quantities, or as the basis for optimal grid adaptation. The theory is presented for both finite volume and finite element approximations. For a nodebased finite volume discretisation of the Euler equations on unstructured grids, the adjoint analysis makes it possible to prove second order accuracy. A superconvergence property is proved for a finite element discretisation of the Laplace equation, and references are provided for the extension of the analysis to the convection/diffusion and incompressible NavierStokes equations. This paper was presented at the symposium Computing the Future II: Advances and Prospects in Computational Aerodynamics to honour the contributions of Prof. Earll Murman to CFD and the aerospace community. Key words and phrases: error analysis, adjoint equations, grid adaptation
On the Properties of Solutions of the Adjoint Euler Equations
 Numerical Methods for Fluid Dynamics VI. ICFD
, 1998
"... The behavior of analytic and numerical adjoint solutions is examined for the quasi1D Euler equations. For shocked flow, the derivation of the adjoint problem reveals that the adjoint variables are continuous with zero gradient at the shock and that an internal adjoint boundary condition is required ..."
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The behavior of analytic and numerical adjoint solutions is examined for the quasi1D Euler equations. For shocked flow, the derivation of the adjoint problem reveals that the adjoint variables are continuous with zero gradient at the shock and that an internal adjoint boundary condition is required at the shock. A Green's function approach is used to derive the analytic adjoint solutions corresponding to isentropic and shocked transonic flow, revealing a logarithmic singularity at the sonic throat and confirming the expected properties at the shock. Numerical solutions obtained using both discrete and continuous adjoint formulations reveal that there is no need to explicitly enforce the adjoint shock boundary condition. Adjoint methods are demonstrated to play an important role in the error estimation of integrated quantities such as lift and drag. 1 Introduction Adjoint problems arise naturally in the formulation of methods for optimal aerodynamic design and optimal error control. F...