Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Research Postgraduate



andrea.cassinelli15 CV




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Moxey D, Cantwell CD, Bao Y, Cassinelli A, Castiglioni G, Chun S, Juda E, Kazemi E, Lackhove K, Marcon J, Mengaldo G, Serson D, Turner M, Xu H, Peiró J, Kirby RM, Sherwin SJet al., 2020, Nektar++: Enhancing the capability and application of high-fidelity spectral/hp element methods, Computer Physics Communications, ISSN: 0010-4655

Nektar++ is an open-source framework that provides a flexible, performant and scalable platform for the development of solvers for partial differential equations using the high-order spectral/hp element method. In particular, Nektar++ aims to overcome the complex implementation challenges that are often associated with high-order methods, thereby allowing them to be more readily used in a wide range of application areas. In this paper, we present the algorithmic, implementation and application developments associated with our Nektar++ version 5.0 release. We describe some of the key software and performance developments, including our strategies on parallel I/O, on in-situ processing, the use of collective operations for exploiting current andemerging hardware, and interfaces to enable multi-solver coupling. Furthermore, we provide details on a newly developed Python interface that enable more rapid on-boarding of new users unfamiliar with spectral/$hp$ element methods, C++ and/or Nektar++. This release also incorporates a number of numerical method developments - in particular: the method of moving frames, which provides an additional approach for the simulation of equations on embedded curvilinear manifolds and domains; a means of handling spatially variable polynomial order; and a novel technique for quasi-3D simulations to permit spatially-varying perturbations to the geometry in the homogeneous direction. Finally, we demonstrate the new application-level features provided in this release, namely: a facility for generating high-order curvilinear meshes called NekMesh; a novel new AcousticSolver for aeroacoustic problems; our development of a 'thick' strip model for the modelling of fluid-structure interaction problems in the context of vortex-induced vibrations. We conclude by commenting some directions for future code development and expansion.

Journal article

Cassinelli A, Adami P, Sherwin S, Montomoli Fet al., 2018, High Fidelity Spectral/hp Element Methods for Turbomachinery, ASME IGTI 2018

Conference paper

Cassinelli A, de Giovanetti M, Hwang Y, 2017, Streak instability in near-wall turbulence revisited, Journal of Turbulence, Vol: 18, Pages: 443-464, ISSN: 1468-5248

The regeneration cycle of streaks and streamwise vortices plays a central role in the sustainment of near-wall turbulence. In particular, the streak breakdown phase in the regeneration cycle is the core process in the formation of the streamwise vortices, but its current understanding is limited particularly in a real turbulent environment. This study is aimed at gaining fundamental insight into the underlying physical mechanism of the streak breakdown in the presence of background turbulent fluctuation. We perform a numerical experiment based on direct numerical simulation, in which streaks are artificially generated by a body forcing computed from previous linear theory. Upon increasing the forcing amplitude, the artificially driven streaks are found to generate an intense fluctuation of the wall-normal and spanwise velocities in a fairly large range of amplitudes. This cross-streamwise velocity fluctuation shows its maximum at λ+ x ≈ 200 − 300 (λ+ x is the inner-scaled streamwise wavelength), but it only appears for λ+ x ≲ 3000 − 4000. Further examination with dynamic mode decomposition reveals that the related flow field is composed of sinuous meandering motion of the driven streaks and alternating cross-streamwise velocity structures, clearly reminiscent of sinuous-mode streak instability found in previous studies. Finally, it is shown that these structures are reasonably well aligned along the critical layer of the secondary instability, indicating that the surrounding turbulence does not significantly modify the inviscid inflectional mechanism of the streak breakdown via streak instability and/or streak transient growth.

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