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Convolutional neural networks for steady flow prediction around 2D obstacles

Abstract : Over the past few years, neural networks have arisen great interest in the computational fluid dynamics community, especially when used as surrogate models, either for flow reconstruction, turbulence modeling, or for the prediction of aerodynamic coefficients. This thesis considers using convolutional neural networks, a special category of neural networks designed for images, as surrogate models for steady flow prediction around 2D obstacles. The surrogate models are calibrated in the framework of data fitting, with the data set prepared by high-fidelity solvers to Navier-Stokes equations and projected onto cartesian grids. Once calibrated, the models show high accuracy in terms of velocity and pressure prediction, even around obstacles not seen during the calibration. In the next step, a new architecture of convolutional neural networks is proposed for anomaly detection and uncertainty quantification along with the steady flow prediction, making the surrogate model aware whether it is doing interpolation or extrapolation while doing prediction. With these methods, the user of a calibrated neural network can either decide whether to accept a prediction or not, or have a quantified estimation of the prediction error. The third contribution is to use graph convolutional neural networks as surrogate models to predict velocity and pressure on triangular meshes, which have significant advantages in geometry representation compared to cartesian grids. Thanks to the mesh refinement close to the solid interfaces, the graph-based model can give more accurate boundary layer prediction than traditional convolutional neural networks. The last part of this thesis considers integrating physical knowledge into the calibration of a graph convolutional neural network, which is calibrated by minimizing the residual of Navier-Stokes equations on a triangular mesh. The predicted velocity and pressure around a cylinder are of very high quality when compared to the results of high-fidelity numerical solvers. Being not in the framework of data fitting, this approach provides a novel solver to partial differential equations, and deserves more work on its convergence and computational cost.
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Junfeng Chen. Convolutional neural networks for steady flow prediction around 2D obstacles. Fluid mechanics [physics.class-ph]. Université Paris sciences et lettres, 2022. English. ⟨NNT : 2022UPSLM015⟩. ⟨tel-03771552⟩



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