Benchmarking multiphysics software for mantle convection
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Numerical simulations are a highly valuable tool for improving our understanding of mantle dynamics. COMSOL Multiphysics® is a commercial software suite designed to numerically model experiments featuring multiple branches of physics. This modeling approach applies to mantle convection, which can be viewed as a combination of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. COMSOL® is of interest to the geoscience community due to its ease of use compared to other available codes, and it has been used in previous mantle convection studies. However, COMSOL® has not been extensively benchmarked for mantle convection. In this study, we confirm the accuracy of COMSOL® against several established benchmarks pertaining to a variety mantle convection features and geometries. Overall, we find reasonable agreement between the results from COMSOL® and reported benchmark data. This study may also serve the geoscience community as a guide for using COMSOL® to model mantle convection.
CitationTrim et al. (2021), Benchmarking multiphysics software for mantle convection , Computers and Geosciences, 154, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cageo.2021.104797
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