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A Benchmark Comparison of Coupled and Segregated Iterative SUPG Finite Element Formulation for Incompressible Flow

[+] Author Affiliations
Jianhui Xie

Algor, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

R. S. Amano

University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Paper No. DETC2006-99694, pp. 531-537; 7 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 26th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, September 10–13, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4257-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3784-X
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


In fluid flow and heat transfer, the finite element based fully coupling solution for all conservation equations is cost effective for most of the two dimensional, isothermal problems, but suffers in the storage and solution efficiency for large three dimensional problems. The segregated solution algorithm has been designed to address large scale simulation with avoiding the direct formulation of a global matrix. There is trade-off between performing a large number of less expensive iterations by segregated solvers compared to less number of more expensive fully coupled solvers. In this paper, a Finite Element based scheme based on preconditioned GMRES coupled algorithm and SUPG (Streamline Upwind Petrov-Galerkin) pressure prediction/correction segregated formulations have been discussed to solve the steady Navier-Stokes equations. A systematic comparison and benchmark between the segregated and fully coupled formulation has been presented to evaluate the individual benefits and strengths of the coupling and segregated procedure by studying lid-driven cavity problem and large industry application problem with respect to the system storage and solution convergence.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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