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AuthorsEsposti Ongaro, T.* 
Cavazzoni, C.* 
Erbacci, G.* 
Neri, A.* 
Salvetti, M. V.* 
TitleA parallel multiphase flow code for the 3D simulation of explosive volcanic eruptions
Issue DateAug-2007
Series/Report no.7-8/ 33 (2007)
KeywordsMessage passing interface
Computational fluid dynamics
Multiphase flow
Explosive eruption
Subject Classification04. Solid Earth::04.08. Volcanology::04.08.08. Volcanic risk 
AbstractA new parallel code for the simulation of the transient, 3D dispersal of volcanic particles in the atmosphere is presented. The model equations, describing the multiphase flow dynamics of gas and solid pyroclasts ejected from the volcanic vent during explosive eruptions, are solved by a finite-volume discretization scheme and a pressure-based iterative non-linear solver suited to compressible multiphase flows. The solution of the multiphase equation set is computationally so demanding that the simulation of the transient 3D dynamics of eruptive columns would not be cost-effective on a single workstation. The new code has been parallelized by adopting an ad hoc domain partitioning scheme that enforces the load balancing in the presence of a large number of topographic blocking-cells. An optimized communication layer has been built over the Message-Passing Interface. It is shown that the present code has a remarkable efficiency on several high-performance platforms and makes it possible, for the first time, to simulate fully 3D eruptive scenarios on realistic volcano topography.
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