Energy-Conserving Composite Staggered-Grid Finite-Difference Time-Domain Scheme for First-Order Wave Equation System

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Finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) scheme has been widely used for seismic wave simulations in hydrocarbon exploration and earthquake modeling. To reduce the grid dispersion numerical artifact, FDTD scheme needs to use finer grids on low-velocity regions than on high-velocity regions. Therefore, if the simulation region presents strong velocity variations, then using a composite-grid FDTD scheme is computationally more efficient than using a uniform-grid FDTD scheme. The challenge, however, is to construct a composite-grid FDTD scheme that is numerically stable.

In this work, I propose an energy-conserving composite staggered-grid FDTD scheme (EC-CGS) for the first-order wave equation system. The composite-grid configuration allows EC-CGS to use a fine grid on the low-velocity region and a coarse grid on the high-velocity region. Meanwhile, the energy-conserving property ensures numerical stability for EC-CGS provided that the time step meets a constraint of CFL type. In addition, EC-CGS is also consistent with the transmission condition across the grid refinement interface, because one key step in EC-CGS is to update the data near the grid refinement interface by solving linear equation system(s) derived from the energy-conserving property and the transmission condition. Numerical results of 1-D/3-D wave simulations confirmed the energy-conserving property, stability and convergence of EC-CGS. In particular, EC-CGS solutions agree well with UGS solutions even when strong heterogeneity is present across the grid interface, despite the fact that EC-CGS uses a coarser grid on part of the computational domain and thereby takes less run time and needs less memory.

Doctor of Philosophy
Energy Method, Energy Stability, Composite Grid Scheme, Staggered-Grid FDTD Scheme, Elastic Wave Equation, Anisotropy, Transmission Condition

Zhou, Muhong. "Energy-Conserving Composite Staggered-Grid Finite-Difference Time-Domain Scheme for First-Order Wave Equation System." (2017) Diss., Rice University.

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