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A conservative finite difference method and its application for the analysis of a transient flow around a square prism

A.N. Pavlov (Institute for Mathematical Modelling, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia)
S.S. Sazhin (School of Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK)
R.P. Fedorenko (Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, and)
M.R. Heikal (Institute for Mathematical Modelling, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia)

International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow

ISSN: 0961-5539

Article publication date: 1 February 2000

Abstract

Detailed results of numerical calculations of transient, 2D incompressible flow around and in the wake of a square prism at Re = 100, 200 and 500 are presented. An implicit finite‐difference operator‐splitting method, a version of the known SIMPLEC‐like method on a staggered grid, is described. Appropriate theoretical results are presented. The method has second‐order accuracy in space, conserving mass, momentum and kinetic energy. A new modification of the multigrid method is employed to solve the elliptic pressure problem. Calculations are performed on a sequence of spatial grids with up to 401 × 321 grid points, at sequentially halved time steps to ensure grid‐independent results. Three types of flow are shown to exist at Re = 500: a steady‐state unstable flow and two which are transient, fully periodic and asymmetric about the centre line but mirror symmetric to each other. Discrete frequency spectra of drag and lift coefficients are presented.

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Pavlov, A.N., Sazhin, S.S., Fedorenko, R.P. and Heikal, M.R. (2000), "A conservative finite difference method and its application for the analysis of a transient flow around a square prism", International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 6-47. https://doi.org/10.1108/09615530010306894

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