PICS Colloquium: “Physics-compatible kinetic-energy and entropy preserving (KEEP) scheme for high-fidelity simulation of compressible turbulence” with Soshi Kawai

On Friday, April 19th at 2 PM EST, PICS will host a colloquium with Soshi Kawai, Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Tohoku University. This colloquium will be held in-person in PICS 534 with refreshments provided.


Physics-compatible kinetic-energy and entropy preserving (KEEP) scheme for high-fidelity simulation of compressible turbulence


Soshi Kawai, Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Tohoku University

Soshi Kawai profile photo for colloquium


Low (or ideally zero) numerical dissipation is always critical for high-fidelity scale-resolving flow simulations, as numerical dissipation prevents the physics of inviscid kinetic energy and entropy conservation, which is an essential attribute of compressible turbulence. However, contrary to the requirement, numerical schemes in compressible flow heavily rely on numerical dissipation for stable computation, preventing high-fidelity simulations, especially for flows around complex geometries. We address this challenge by devising a physics-compatible numerical scheme that satisfies the kinetic energy and entropy preservation (KEEP) properties by discretely satisfying the analytical relations of the governing equations. The KEEP scheme is highly stable without introducing numerical dissipation, something that existing numerical schemes fail to do. The stability stems from the significant improvement of entropy preservation in the KEEP scheme. The KEEP scheme allows robust and high-fidelity simulation not only for academic purposes but also for engineering applications with complex geometries. We also discuss an illustrative application to near-stall flows around complex full aircraft configurations with high-lift devices to show the capability of our numerical framework.


Soshi Kawai is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Tohoku University, Japan. He received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 2005. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Center of Turbulence Research at Stanford University before joining Tohoku University. His research draws from high-fidelity numerical methods, computational physics, data science, and high-performance computing to develop novel high-fidelity numerical simulation techniques for uncovering the fundamental flow physics underlying complex compressible, multi-scale, and multi-physics flows.