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ARCHER is a High-Performance-Computing code developed at the CORIA laboratory. It stands for Academic Research Code for Hydrodynamic Equations Resolution. It also takes its name from the fish, the Archerfish (Toxotidae), known for preying insects by spitting a jet of water.

Archer is aimed at carrying Direct Numerical Simulations of two-phase flows may they be turbulent, incompressible or compressible, with phase change or in presence of solid boundaries. Data from Archer are used for probing the physical properties (either geometrical, morphological, topological, or dynamical) of different phenomena such as atomization, spray formation, dispersion, evaporation, phase separation, capture of solid aerosols. The close connection of the Archer developers with experimentalist is further noticeable. This wide knowledge serves for building or reinforcing physics-informed models, notably the Eulerian Lagragian Spray Atomization model (ELSA).

It was one of the first code worldwide, undertaking the simulation of liquid-jet atomization under a realistic injection configuration.



ARCHER solves on a staggered Cartesian mesh the one-fluid formulation of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equation. In this objective, the convective term is written in conservative form and solved using an improved Rudman’s technique. The latter allows mass and momentum to be transported in a consistent manner thereby enabling flows with large liquid/gas density ratios to be simulated accurately. To ensure incompressibility of the velocity field, a Poisson equation is solved. The latter accounts for the surface tension force and is solved using a MultiGrid preconditioned Conjugate Gradient algorithm (MGCG) coupled with a Ghost-Fluid method.

For transporting the interface, use is made of a coupled level-set and volume-of-fluid (CLSVOF) solver, in which the level-set function accurately describes the geometric features of the interface (its normal and curvature) and the volume-of-fluid function ensures mass conservation. The density is calculated from the volume-of-fluid. The dynamic viscosity depends on the sign of the level-set function. In cells containing both a liquid and gas phase, a specific treatment is performed to evaluate the dynamic viscosity.

Current work is targeting compressible flow, evaporation, lagrangian particles.

ARCHER is written in Fortran+MPI and PyArcher is a Python (Dask+Xarray) library written to pre/post process data for ARCHER.



Écoulements diphasiques Imbibition Evaporation Turbulence Atomisation primaire Direct numerical simulation Experimental analysis Coupling Gouttes 53A17 Dynamique des fluides Diffuse interface models Transformation Criteria Films liquides Gauss- Bonnet formula Airblast Diffuse interface Interface 35Q35 Deformation Hybrid moment of fluid-level set method Fiber medium Geometrical Disperse/separated phases Moment of Fluid method Chaos 76A99 Aircraft engines Atomisation Interface capture Homogeneous isotropic turbulence Suivi d'interface Vaporization Incompressible flow Direct Numerical Simulation Collision Curvature Two-phase flow Gas-liquid interface Image processing COMBUSTION CHAMBERS Drops Integral geometry Diesel spray Computational fluid dynamics Curvatures Airblast atomization Diphasique Immiscible two-phase flow Frontières immergées IBM Injection Benchmark Air assisted atomization Capillary instability Drop size distribution Multiphase flows Center of mass Coaxial liquid jet Fraction volumique Droplets CLSVOF Immersed boundary method IBM Fragmentation Incompressible flows High speed flows MOF Double-pulsed femtosecond laser system INTERFACE DIFFUSE Angle de contact DIPHASIQUE Multiphase flow Interface capturing models Centre de masse Immuno-evasion Crossow Gas kinetic scheme DNS Primary atomization Atomisation du carburant liquide ELSA model CLSMOF Flow visualization Atomization Coalescence Altitude relight Multiscale Simulation numérique directe Computational geometry Couplage VOF 65D99 Cellular interactions Contact angle Level set Dynamics analysis Fluid mechanics Level set method LES Ghost fluid Compressible




The Archer project took shape in 2001 thanks to the impulsion of Alain Berlemont who supervised the first two PhDs (S. Tanguy 2001-2004, T. Ménard 2003-2007), sparking the first developments of the code. Since then, 11 PhD students, 7 post-doctorates and many Master students have contributed to its progress. It now constitutes a compulsory tool for many researchers of the CORIA laboratory (A. Berlemont, T. Ménard, P. Desjonqueres, J. Cousin, F-X. Demoulin, J. Reveillon, B. Duret, A. Poux, J.C.B. de Motta, F. Thiesset, C. Dumouchel) and is involved in many projects funded by either national (ANR) or international (Marie-Curie ITN) agencies.

The chart on the left retraces the main steps of the Archer project.





Current major contributers are:

  • Thibaut Ménard (code leader)
  • Benjamin Duret (compressible)
  • Jorge-César Brandle de Motta (lagrangian)
  • Alexandre Poux (numerics)





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