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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.



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




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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