Commit eac466cd authored by Josh Borrow's avatar Josh Borrow Committed by Matthieu Schaller
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Adds documentation for the SPH section of the parameter file

parent 1795cab8
......@@ -123,8 +123,8 @@ GADGET-2 based analysis programs:
this to 1. If this field is present in a SWIFT IC file and has a
value different from 1, the code will return an error message.
+ ``Time``, time of the start of the simulation in internal units or expressed
as a scale-factor for cosmological runs. SWIFT ignores this and reads it from
the parameter file.
as a scale-factor for cosmological runs. **SWIFT ignores this and reads it
from the parameter file**, behaviour that matches the GADGET-2 code.
Particle Data
......@@ -274,6 +274,103 @@ simulation:
The ``SPH`` section is used to set parameters that describe the SPH
calculations. There are some scheme-specific values that are detailed in the
:ref:`hydro` section. The common parameters are detailed below.
In all cases, users have to specify two values:
* The smoothing length in terms of mean inter-particle separation:
* The CFL condition that enters the time-step calculation: ``CFL_condition``
These quantities are dimensionless. The first, ``resolution_eta``, specifies
how smooth the simulation should be, and is used here instead of the number
of neighbours to smooth over as this also takes into account non-uniform
particle distributions. A value of 1.2348 gives approximately 48 neighbours
in 3D with the cubic spline kernel. More information on the choices behind
these parameters can be found in
`Dehnen & Aly 2012 <>`_.
The second quantity, the CFL condition, specifies how accurate the time
integration should be and enters as a pre-factor into the hydrodynamics
time-step calculation. This factor should be strictly bounded by 0 and 1, and
typically takes a value of 0.1 for SPH calculations.
The next set of parameters deal with the calculation of the smoothing lengths
directly and are all optional:
* The (relative) tolerance to converge smoothing lengths within:
``h_tolerance`` (Default: 1e-4)
* The maximal smoothing length in internal units: ``h_max`` (Default: FLT_MAX)
* The minimal allowed smoothing length in terms of the gravitational
softening: ``h_min_ratio`` (Default: 0.0, i.e. no minimum)
* The maximal (relative) allowed change in volume over one time-step:
``max_volume_change`` (Default: 1.4)
* The maximal number of iterations allowed to converge the smoothing
lengths: ``max_ghost_iterations`` (Default: 30)
These parameters all set the accuracy of the smoothing lengths in various
ways. The first, the relative tolerance for the smoothing length, specifies
the convergence criteria for the smoothing length when using the
Newton-Raphson scheme. This works with the maximal number of iterations,
``max_ghost_iterations`` (so called because the smoothing length calculation
occurs in the ghost task), to ensure that the values of the smoothing lengths
are consistent with the local number density. We solve:
.. math::
(\eta h_i)^{n_D} = n_i^{-1}
with :math:`h` the smoothing length, :math:`n_D` the number of spatial
dimensions, :math:`\eta` the value of ``resolution_eta``, and :math:`n_i` the
local number density. We change the value of the smoothing length, :math:`h`,
to be consistent with the number density.
The maximal smoothing length, by default, is set to ``FLT_MAX``, and if set
prevents the smoothing length from going beyond ``h_max`` (in internal units)
during the run, irrespective of the above equation. The minimal smoothing
length is set in terms of the gravitational softening, ``h_min_ratio``, to
prevent the smoothing length from going below this value in dense
environments. This will lead to smoothing over more particles than specified
by :math:`\eta`.
The final set of parameters in this section determine the initial and minimum
temperatures of the particles.
* The initial temperature of all particles: ``initial_temperature`` (Default:
InternalEnergy from the initial conditions)
* The minimal temperature of any particle: ``minimal_temperature`` (Default: 0)
* The mass fraction of hydrogen used to set the initial temperature:
``H_mass_fraction`` (Default: 0.755)
* The ionization temperature (from neutral to ionized) for primordial gas,
again used in this conversion: ``H_ionization_temperature`` (Default: 1e4)
These parameters, if not present, are set to the default values. The initial
temperature is used, along with the hydrogen mass fraction and ionization
temperature, to set the initial internal energy per unit mass (or entropy per
unit mass) of the particles.
Throughout the run, if the temperature of a particle drops below
``minimal_temperature``, the particle has energy added to it such that it
remains at that temperature. The run is not terminated prematurely. The
temperatures specified in this section are in internal units.
The full section to start a typical cosmological run would be:
.. code:: YAML
resolution_eta: 1.2
CFL_condition: 0.1
h_tolerance: 1e-4
h_min_ratio: 0.1
initial_temperature: 273
minimal_temperature: 100
H_mass_fraction: 0.755
H_ionization_temperature: 1e4
.. _Parameters_time_integration:
Time Integration
......@@ -313,7 +410,9 @@ end scale-factors in the cosmology section of the parameter file.
Additionally, when running a cosmological volume, advanced users can specify the
value of the dimensionless pre-factor entering the time-step condition linked
with the motion of particles with respect to the background expansion and mesh
size. See the theory document for the exact equations.
size. See the theory document for the exact equations. Note that we explicitly
ignore the ``Header/Time`` attribute in initial conditions files, and only read
the start and end times or scale factors from the parameter file.
* Dimensionless pre-factor of the maximal allowed displacement:
``max_dt_RMS_factor`` (default: ``0.25``)
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