Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminars
Verication and Validation (V&V) procedure. V&V is composed by three separate tasks: the code
verication, which is a mathematical issue targeted to assess that the physical model is correctly
implemented in a simulation code; the solution verication, which evaluates the numerical errors
aecting a simulation; and the validation, which determines the consistency of the code results,
and therefore of the physical model, with experimental data.
To perform a code verication, we propose to use the method of manufactured solutions, a method-
ology that we have generalized to PIC codes, overcoming the diculty of dealing with a numerical
method intrinsically aected by statistical noise. The solution verication procedure we put for-
ward is based on the Richardson extrapolation, used as higher order estimate of the exact solution.
These verication procedures were applied to GBS, a three-dimensional
uid code for SOL plasma
turbulence simulation based on a nite dierence scheme, and to a unidimensional, electrostatic,
collisionless PIC code. To perform a detailed validation of GBS against experimental measure-
ments, we generalized the magnetic geometry of the simulation code to include elongation and
non-zero triangularity, and we investigated theoretically the impact of plasma shaping eects on
SOL turbulence. An experimental campaign to validate our ndings against experimental mea-
surements in tokamak limited congurations has just been completed on TCV.