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Application of high‐order spatial resolution schemes to the hybrid finite volume/finite element method for radiative transfer in participating media

P.J. Coelho (Mechanical Engineering Department, Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal)
D. Aelenei (Mechanical Engineering Department, Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal)

International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow

ISSN: 0961-5539

Article publication date: 27 March 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper sets out to implement bounded high‐order (HO) resolution schemes in a hybrid finite volume/finite element method for the solution of the radiative transfer equation.

Design/methodology/approach

The hybrid finite volume/finite element method had formerly been developed using the step scheme, which is only first‐order accurate, for the spatial discretization. Here, several bounded HO resolution schemes, namely the MINMOD, CLAM, MUSCL and SMART schemes, formulated using the normalized variable diagram, were implemented using the deferred correction procedure.

Findings

The results obtained reveal an interaction between spatial and angular discretization errors, and show that the HO resolution schemes yield improved accuracy over the step scheme if the angular discretization error is small.

Research limitations/implications

Although the HO resolution schemes reduce the spatial discretization error, they do not influence the angular discretization error. Therefore, the global error is only reduced if the angular discretization error is also small.

Practical implications

The use of HO resolution schemes is only effective if the angular refinement yields low‐angular discretization errors. Moreover, spatial and angular refinement should be carried out simultaneously.

Originality/value

The paper extends a methodology formerly developed in computational fluid dynamics, and aimed at the improvement of the solution accuracy, to the hybrid finite volume/finite element method for the solution of the radiative transfer equation.

Keywords

Citation

Coelho, P.J. and Aelenei, D. (2008), "Application of high‐order spatial resolution schemes to the hybrid finite volume/finite element method for radiative transfer in participating media", International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 173-184. https://doi.org/10.1108/09615530810846329

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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