Rheologica Acta

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 342–351 | Cite as

A numerical comparison of two decoupled methods for the simulation of viscoelastic fluid flows

  • M. El Hadj
  • P. A. Tanguy
  • A. Fortin
Original Contributions


Two decoupled methods for the finite element solution of the planar stick-slip transition problem with Oldroyd-B fluids, namely the method of characteristics and the Lesaint-Raviart technique, are presented and compared. These procedures are used for the local treatment of the stress transport equation imbedded in the constitutive law and allow the approximation of stresses with discontinuous shape functions. Computations are carried out up to a Deborah number of 4 and the methods are shown to yield fairly similar results.

Key words

Oldroyd-B fluids die flows stick-slip problem finite element method 


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© Steinkopff 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. El Hadj
    • 1
  • P. A. Tanguy
    • 1
  • A. Fortin
    • 2
  1. 1.CERSIM Department of Chemical EngineeringLaval UniversityQuebec CityCanada
  2. 2.Department of Applied MathematicsEcole PolytechniqueMontrealCanada

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