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ASPECT

Finite element parallel code to simulate problems in thermal convection in both 2D and 3D models.

This release includes the following changes:

  • New: Choice between different formulations for the governing equations including Boussinesq and anelastic liquid approximation.
  • New: Melt transport (two-phase flow).
  • Particles: new generators, ghost exchange, performance improvements, interpolation to fields.
  • New: Nondimensional material model for incompressible (using the Boussinesq approximation) and compressible computations (with ALA or TALA) for nondimensionalized problems. This can be used for benchmark problems like Blankenbach, King, etc.
  • New: Optional DG method for temperature/composition.
  • Adiabatic conditions: rework, now includes a reference density profile.
  • Free surface: overhaul.
  • New cookbooks: continental extension, finite strain, BurnMan interface, active tracers.
  • New benchmarks: Tan, Gurnis, Blankenbach, King.
  • New: viscoplastic material model.
  • Material model interface cleanup.
  • Assembly performance improvements.
  • New: memory statistics post-processor.
  • New: initial topography plugins.
  • Many other fixes and small improvements.
  • A complete list of changes can be found at:

    https://aspect.dealii.org/doc/doxygen/changes_between_1_84_80_and_1_85_80.html

    Current Release

    Source Packages

    aspect-1.5.0.tar.gz [2017-02-28]

    This release includes the following changes:

    • New: Choice between different formulations for the governing equations including Boussinesq and anelastic liquid approximation.
    • New: Melt transport (two-phase flow).
    • Particles: new generators, ghost exchange, performance improvements, interpolation to fields.
    • New: Nondimensional material model for incompressible (using the Boussinesq approximation) and compressible computations (with ALA or TALA) for nondimensionalized problems. This can be used for benchmark problems like Blankenbach, King, etc..
    • New: Optional DG method for temperature/composition.
    • Adiabatic conditions: rework, now includes a reference density profile.
    • Free surface: overhaul.
    • New cookbooks: continental extension, finite strain, BurnMan interface, active tracers.
    • New benchmarks: TanGurnis, Blankenbach, King.
    • New: viscoplastic material model.
    • Material model interface cleanup.
    • Assembly performance improvements.
    • New: memory statistics postprocessor.
    • New: initial topography plugins.
    • Many other fixes and small improvements.

    A complete list of changes can be found at https://aspect.dealii.org/doc/doxygen/changes_between_1_84_80_and_1_85_80.html

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    aspect-1.4.0.tar.gz [2016-05-15]

    This release includes the following changes:

    • Complete overhaul of the particle architecture.
    • Modularization of the assembly process.
    • Large improvements to serial and parallel performance of particle handling.
    • Support for traction boundary conditions.
    • Support for time-dependent mesh refinement criteria.
    • Flexible support for modifying the underlying FEM variables for the PDE.
    • Optional DG support for temperature and compositional fields.
    • More robust parallel file I/O.
    • Support for tangential mesh velocity boundaries in free surface computations.
    • Support for anisotropic viscosity.
    • Various fixes to free surface computations: checkpointing, better stabilization, crash fixes.
    • New Chunk Geometry model.
    • New material property averaging options.
    • Complete rewrite of the heating model infrastructure.
    • Several new cookbooks.
    • Several new postprocessors.
    • Support for signals in various locations that allows plugins to inspect/manipulate things inside the core application.
    • Several new mesh refinement plugins.
    • Improved spherical interpolation of data used in the GPlates plugin.
    • Many other fixes and small improvements.
    A complete list of changes can be found at
    https://aspect.dealii.org/doc/doxygen/changes_between_1_83_and_1_84_80.html
    and the release is also available from
    https://github.com/geodynamics/aspect/releases/tag/v1.4.0.

    aspect-1.3.tar.gz [2015-05-18]

    Changelist:

    • New: Averaging of material properties between the quadrature points of a cell. This greatly increases the stability of solutions in simulations with spatially varying coefficients, and also greatly accelerates the solution, at times up to a factor of ten.
    • Corrections to the entropy stabilization scheme for compositional fields.
    • Fixed and extended: Removal of rigid body translations and rotations when the simulation has a nullspace.
    • New: VTU visualization output can now be grouped into an arbitrary number of files per time step.
    • Various fixes to the nonlinear solver residual computation.
    • New visualization postprocessors that can output the shear stress and full stress tensors.
    • Fixes to the latent heat formulation.
    • New 'ascii data' plugins for boundary and initial conditions.
    • New mass flux statistics postprocessor.
    • Many other fixes and small improvements.
    A complete list of changes can be found at https://aspect.dealii.org/doc/doxygen/changes_between_1_82_and_1_83.html

    aspect-1.2.tar.gz [2015-01-26]

    Changelist:

    • methods to have truly concentric shells without distorted cells
    • linear solver improvements which give up to 2x speedup in some cases
    • boundary names like "top" instead of numbers are now supported in input files
    • new example: free surface computation with a crust as a stagnant lid
    • new benchmarks: Davies et al. and Burstedde et al.
    • new initial condition: S40RTS perturbation based on shear wave data
    • fixes to minimum/maximum refinement plugins
    • better error messages when linear solvers fail
    • many other fixes and small improvements (direct solver, file output, checkpointing, etc.)
    A complete list of changes can be found at https://aspect.dealii.org/doc/doxygen/changes_between_1_81_and_1_82.html

    aspect-1.1.tar.gz [2014-06-01]

    • Initial work on free surface in Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian framework
    • New postprocessors, initial temperature profiles
    • Improved PETSc support
    • Bug fixes

    aspect-1.0.tar.gz [2014-04-16]

    This release contains a large number of changes, incorporating about one year of work of the main authors and many contributors:
    - a lot of new documentation
    - new examples (2d/3d shells, GPlates, ...)
    - option to remove rotational/translational modes
    - big performance improvements
    - compositional fields: reactions, boundary conditions
    - support for periodic meshes
    - output of dynamic topography
    - incorporation of latent heat
    - experimental PETSc support

    User Resources

    User Manual

    The ASPECT user manual is available online.

    Community Wiki

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    ASPECT Publications List

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    Mailing List

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    Developer Resources

    Development Version

    If you are interested in getting the development version of this code from the CIG repository, use the following git command:

    git clone --recursive https://github.com/geodynamics/aspect.git

    You can also browse the history of modifications in the Git repository.

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