Communications in Mathematical Sciences

Volume 15 (2017)

Number 3

A robust high-order discontinuous Galerkin method with large time steps for the compressible Euler equations

Pages: 813 – 837



Florent Renac (ONERA French Aerospace Lab, Châtillon, France)


We present a high-order Lagrange-projection like method for the approximation of the compressible Euler equations with a general equation of state. We extend the method introduced in Renac [F. Renac, Numer. Math., 2016, DOI 10.1007/s00211-016-0807-0] in the case of the isentropic gas dynamics to the compressible Euler equations and minimize the numerical dissipation by quantifying it from a parameter evaluated locally in each element of the mesh. The method is based on a decomposition between acoustic and transport operators associated to an implicit-explicit time integration, thus relaxing the constraint of acoustic waves on the time step as proposed in Coquel et al. [F. Coquel, Q. Long-Nguyen, M. Postel and Q.H. Tran, Math. Comput., 79:1493–1533, 2010] in the context of a first-order finite volume method. We derive conditions on the time step and on a local numerical dissipation parameter to keep positivity of the mean value of the discrete density and internal energy in each element of the mesh and to satisfy a discrete inequality for the physical entropy at any approximation order in space. These results are then used to design limiting procedures in order to restore these properties at nodal values within elements. Moreover, the scheme is designed to avoid over-resolution in space and time in the low Mach number regime. Numerical experiments support the conclusions of the analysis and highlight stability and robustness of the present method when applied to either discontinuous flows or vacuum. Large time steps are allowed while keeping accuracy on smooth solutions even for low Mach number flows.


Lagrange-projection, discontinuous Galerkin method, explicit-implicit, entropy-satisfying, positivity-preserving, compressible Euler equations

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

65M12, 65M60

Published 24 February 2017