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Improvements on a Newton-Krylov Based Solver for CFD Models Using Finite Rate NOx Chemistry

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Qing Tang, Martin Denison, Mike Maguire, Mike Bockelie

Reaction Engineering International, Salt Lake City, UT

Jyh-Yuan Chen

University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Paper No. PVP2004-3118, pp. 43-50; 8 pages
  • ASME/JSME 2004 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Computational Technologies for Fluid/Thermal/Structural/Chemical Systems With Industrial Applications, Volume 2
  • San Diego, California, USA, July 25–29, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4686-5
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


In this paper, we describe our progress on improving the performance of a newly developed Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling tool, which uses reduced chemical kinetics mechanisms to model the finite rate chemistry effects and solves the resulting system of stiff partial differential equations with a matrix-free Newton-Krylov method. A multi-grid based preconditioner and a Newton iteration scheme have been implemented in the Newton-Krylov solver and the reduced mechanism module, respectively, to replace the original Picard based preconditioner and the point iteration scheme for steady state species evaluation. Preliminary tests of the improved modeling tool have been conducted using simple hotbox and a full-scale, coal fired electric utility boiler, and shown very promising results in terms of the accuracy, robustness, and efficiency of the new tool.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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