SBP–SAT finite difference discretization of acoustic wave equations on staggered block-wise uniform grids

L. Gao, D.C. Del Rey Fernández, M. Carpenter, D.E. Keyes
Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, volume 348, pp. 421-444, (2019)

SBP–SAT finite difference discretization of acoustic wave equations on staggered block-wise uniform grids

Keywords

Simultaneous approximation terms, Seismic wave modeling, Nonconforming interface, Staggered grid, Long time instability

Abstract

We consider the numerical simulation of the acoustic wave equations arising from seismic applications, for which staggered grid finite difference methods are popular choices due to their simplicity and efficiency. We relax the uniform grid restriction on finite difference methods and allow the grids to be block-wise uniform with nonconforming interfaces. In doing so, variations in the wave speeds of the subterranean media can be accounted for more efficiently. Staggered grid finite difference operators satisfying the summation-by-parts (SBP) property are devised to approximate the spatial derivatives appearing in the acoustic wave equation. These operators are applied within each block independently. The coupling between blocks is achieved through simultaneous approximation terms (SATs), which impose the interface conditions weakly, i.e., by penalty. Ratio of the grid spacing of neighboring blocks is allowed to be rational number, for which specially designed interpolation formulas are presented. These interpolation formulas constitute key pieces of the simultaneous approximation terms. The overall discretization is shown to be energy-conserving and examined on test cases of both theoretical and practical interests, delivering accurate and stable simulation results.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.cam.2018.08.040

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