Poisson equation using Python for source term specification

Project file on GitHub

Poisson Equation

The Poisson equation is: \[ \begin{equation} - k\; \Delta p = Q \quad \text{in }\Omega \end{equation}\] w.r.t boundary conditions \[ \eqalign{ p(x) = g_D(x) &\quad \text{on }\Gamma_D,\cr k\;{\partial p(x) \over \partial n} = g_N(x) &\quad \text{on }\Gamma_N, }\]

where \(p\) could be the pressure, the subscripts \(D\) and \(N\) denote the Dirichlet- and Neumann-type boundary conditions, \(n\) is the normal vector pointing outside of \(\Omega\), and \(\Gamma = \Gamma_D \cup \Gamma_N\) and \(\Gamma_D \cap \Gamma_N = \emptyset\).

Problem specification and analytical solution

We solve the Poisson equation on a square domain \(\Omega = [0\times 1]^2\) with \(k = 1\) w.r.t. the specific boundary conditions: \[ \eqalign{ p(x,y) = 1 &\quad \text{on } (x=0,y=0) \subset \Gamma_D,\cr p(x,y) = 1 &\quad \text{on } (x=0,y=1) \subset \Gamma_D,\cr p(x,y) = 1 &\quad \text{on } (x=1,y=0) \subset \Gamma_D,\cr p(x,y) = 1 &\quad \text{on } (x=1,y=1) \subset \Gamma_D,\cr }\] and the source term is \[ Q(x,y) = a^2 \sin\left(ax - \frac{\pi}{2}\right) \sin\left(by - \frac{\pi}{2}\right) +b^2 \sin\left(ax - \frac{\pi}{2}\right) \sin\left(by - \frac{\pi}{2}\right) \]

The analytical solution of (1) is \[ p(x,y) = \sin\left(ax - \frac{\pi}{2}\right) \sin\left(by - \frac{\pi}{2}\right). \] Since \[ \frac{\partial^2 p}{\partial x} (x,y) = - a^2 \sin\left(ax - \frac{\pi}{2}\right) \sin\left(by - \frac{\pi}{2}\right) \] and \[ \frac{\partial^2 p}{\partial y} (x,y) = - b^2 \sin\left(ax - \frac{\pi}{2}\right) \sin\left(by - \frac{\pi}{2}\right) \] it yields \[ \Delta p(x,y) = - a^2 \sin\left(ax - \frac{\pi}{2}\right) \sin\left(by - \frac{\pi}{2}\right) - b^2 \sin\left(ax - \frac{\pi}{2}\right) \sin\left(by - \frac{\pi}{2}\right) \] and \[ Q = - \Delta p(x,y) = a^2 \sin\left(ax - \frac{\pi}{2}\right) \sin\left(by - \frac{\pi}{2}\right) + b^2 \sin\left(ax - \frac{\pi}{2}\right) \sin\left(by - \frac{\pi}{2}\right). \]

Input files

The project file is square_1e3_poisson_sin_x_sin_y.prj. It describes the process to be solved and the related process variable together with their initial, boundary conditions and source terms. The definition of the source term \(Q\) is in a Python script. The script for setting the source terms is referenced in the project file as follows:


In the source term descripition


the domain is specified by the mesh-tag. The function \(Q\) is defined by the Python object sinx_sinx_source_term that is created in the last line of the Python script:

Running simulation

To start the simulation (after successful compilation) run:

It will produce some output and write the computed result into the square_1e3_volumetricsourceterm_pcs_0_ts_1_t_1.000000.vtu, which can be directly visualized and analysed in paraview for example.

The output on the console will be similar to the following on:

info: This is OpenGeoSys-6 version 6.1.0-1132-g00a6062a2.
info: OGS started on 2018-10-10 09:22:17+0200.

info: ConstantParameter: K
info: ConstantParameter: p0
info: ConstantParameter: pressure_edge_points
info: Initialize processes.
info: Solve processes.
info: [time] Output of timestep 0 took 0.000695229 s.
info: === Time stepping at step #1 and time 1 with step size 1
info: [time] Assembly took 0.0100119 s.
info: [time] Applying Dirichlet BCs took 0.000133991 s.
info: ------------------------------------------------------------------
info: *** Eigen solver computation
info: -> solve with CG (precon DIAGONAL)
info:    iteration: 81/10000
info:    residual: 5.974447e-17

info: ------------------------------------------------------------------
info: [time] Linear solver took 0.00145817 s.
info: [time] Iteration #1 took 0.0116439 s.
info: [time] Solving process #0 took 0.011662 s in time step #1 
info: [time] Time step #1 took 0.0116858 s.
info: [time] Output of timestep 1 took 0.000671864 s.
info: The whole computation of the time stepping took 1 steps, in which
         the accepted steps are 1, and the rejected steps are 0.

info: [time] Execution took 0.0370049 s.
info: OGS terminated on 2018-10-10 09:22:17+020

Results and evaluation

Comparison of the numerical and analytical solutions

The above picture shows the numerical result. The solution conforms in the edges to the prescribed boundary conditions.
Since a coarse mesh (\(32 \times 32\) elements) is used for the simulation the difference between the numerical and the analytical solution is relatively large.

Comparison for higher resolution mesh (\(316 \times 316\) elements)

The difference between the numerical and the analytical solution is much smaller than in the coarse mesh case.

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