Fractional step methods for the Navier-Stokes equations on non-staggered grids

S. W. Armfield, R. Street


The Navier-Stokes equations are solved on a non-staggered grid using a semi-implicit fractional step method in both iterative and non-iterative form. It is shown that the iterative scheme in standard form is second-order accurate in timei, but is very slow to integrate as a result of the non-elliptic pressure coupling at the grid scale. Inclusion of additional terms into the pressure correction equation for the iterative scheme ensures an elliptic pressure coupling at the grid scale, but introduces a first order in time error into the scheme, leading to a reduction in solution accuracy. The non-iterative scheme is shown to be second order accurate in time in standard form and to be considerably more efficient than the iterative scheme.

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ANZIAM Journal, ISSN 1446-8735, copyright Australian Mathematical Society.