Title

PIFE-PIC: A 3-D Parallel Immersed Finite Element Particle-in-Cell Framework for Plasma Simulations

Abstract

This paper presents a recently developed particle simulation framework, PIFE-PIC, a 3-D Parallel Immersed Finite Element (IFE) Particle-in-Cell (PIC) model for particle simulations of plasmas. This framework applies the recently developed non-homogeneous electrostatic IFE-PIC algorithm, which is designed to handle complex plasma-material interface boundary conditions associated with irregular geometries using a Cartesian-meshbased PIC. 3-D domain decomposition is used in both electric field-solve and particle-push to distribute the computation among multiple processors. A validation case simulating the sheath of a dielectric sphere immersed in a stationary plasma is carried out to demonstrate the capability of the code.

Meeting Name

2018 AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, AIAA SciTech Forum, (2018: Jan. 8-12, Kissimmee, FL)

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2018 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), All rights reserved.

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