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KAUST-IAMCS Workshop on Multiscale Modeling, Advanced Discretization Techniques, and Simulation of Wave Propagation

Eric Chung, Chinese University of Hong Kong (China)
Energy-Conserving DG Method for Multiscale Wave Simulations


  • Eric Chung
  • Yalchin Efendiev
  • Richard Gibson


Seismic data are routinely used to infer in situ properties of earth materials on many scales, ranging from global studies to investigations of surficial geological formations. While inversion and imaging algorithms utilizing these data have improved steadily, there are remaining challenges that make detailed measurements of the properties of some geologic materials very difficult. For example, the determination of the concentration and orientation of fracture systems is prohibitively expensive to simulate on the fine grid and, thus, some type of coarse-grid simulations are needed. In this talk, we propose a new multiscale finite element algorithm for simulating seismic wave propagation in heterogeneous media. This method solves the wave equation on a coarse grid using multiscale basis functions and a global coupling mechanism to relate information between fine and coarse grids. Using a mixed formulation of the wave equation and staggered discontinuous basis functions, the proposed multiscale methods have the following properties:

  1. The total wave energy is conserved
  2. The mass matrix is diagonal on a coarse grid
  3. The multiscale basis functions can accurately capture the subgrid variations of the solution and the time stepping is performed on a coarse grid

Some numerical results will be shown.