Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology

, Volume 20, Issue 12, pp 2218–2229

Development of a flow analysis code using an unstructured grid with the cell-centered method


DOI: 10.1007/BF02916339

Cite this article as:
Myong, H.K. & Kim, J. J Mech Sci Technol (2006) 20: 2218. doi:10.1007/BF02916339


A conservative finite-volume numerical method for unstructured grids with the cell-centered method has been developed for computing flow and heat transfer by combining the attractive features of the existing pressure-based procedures with the advances made in unstructured grid techniques. This method uses an integral form of governing equations for arbitrary convex polyhedra. Care is taken in the discretization and solution procedure to avoid formulations that are cell-shape-specific. A collocated variable arrangement formulation is developed, i.e. all dependent variables such as pressure and velocity are stored at cell centers. For both convective and diffusive fluxes the forms superior to both accuracy and stability are particularly adopted and formulated through a systematic study on the existing approximation ones. Gradients required for the evaluation of diffusion fluxes and for second-order-accurate convective operators are computed by using a linear reconstruction based on the divergence theorem. Momentum interpolation is used to prevent the pressure checkerboarding and a segregated solution strategy is adopted to minimize the storage requirements with the pressure-velocity coupling by the SIMPLE algorithm. An algebraic solver using iterative preconditioned conjugate gradient method is used for the solution of linearized equations. The flow analysis code (PowerCFD) developed by the present method is evaluated for its application to several 2-D structured-mesh benchmark problems using a variety of unstructured quadrilateral and triangular meshes. The present flow analysis code by using unstructured grids with the cell-centered method clearly demonstrate the same accuracy and robustness as that for a typical structured mesh.

Key Words

Flow Analysis CodeUnstructured Grid SystemCell-Centered MethodFinite Volume MethodBenchmark SolutionPerformance Evaluation

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mechanical and Automotive EngineeringKookmin UniversitySeoulKorea
  2. 2.Department of Thermal Hydraulics and Safety ResearchKorea Atomic Energy Research InstituteDaejonKorea