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A coupled localized RBF meshless/DRBEM formulation for accurate modeling of incompressible fluid flows



Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CMEM-V5-N3-359-368

Volume

Volume 5 (2017), Issue 3

Pages

9

Page Range

359 - 368

Author(s)

LEONARDO A. BUENO, EDUARDO A. DIVO & ALAIN J. KASSAB

Abstract

Velocity-pressure coupling schemes for the solution of incompressible fluid flow problems in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) rely on the formulation of Poisson-like equations through projection methods. The solution of these Poisson-like equations represent the pressure correction and the velocity correction to ensure proper satisfaction of the conservation of mass equation at each step of a time-marching scheme or at each level of an iteration process. Inaccurate solutions of these Poisson-like equations result in meaningless instantaneous or intermediate approximations that do not represent the proper time-accurate behavior of the flow. The fact that these equations must be solved to convergence at every step of the overall solution process introduces a major bottleneck for the efficiency of the method. We present a formulation that achieves high levels of accuracy and efficiency by properly solving the Poisson equations at each step of the solution process by formulating a Localized RBF Collocation Meshless Method (LRC-MM) solution approach for the approxima- tion of the diffusive and convective derivatives while employing the same framework to implement a Dual-Reciprocity Boundary Element Method (DR-BEM) for the solution of the ensuing Poisson equations. The same boundary discretization and point distribution employed in the LRC-MM is used for the DR-BEM. The methodology is implemented and tested in the solution of a backward- facing step problem.

Keywords

dual reciprocity boundary element method, incompressible fluid flows, meshless methods, radial basis functions.