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```					      APPENDICES:
FLUID DYNAMICS AND
COMPUTATION FOR BUBBLES,
DROPS AND PARTICLES
E. Loth
Draft for Cambridge University Press
April 20, 2009

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Appendix A: Single-Phase Flow Equations and Regimes
Some of the common assumptions and formulations for the surrounding-fluid conservation
equations will be reviewed in this appendix, including the PDEs for various flow regimes.
Derivation details of these equations are available in Liepmann & Roshko (1957), White
(1991) and Schlichting (1979), while the numerical discretization (in space and time) of these
equations will be discussed in Appendix B. In the first section of this appendix (A.1), the
continuous-phase equations are discussed along with relevant equations of state and flow
properties. Afterwards, the equations will be considered for idealized conditions of inviscid
compressible flow (A.2) and viscous incompressible flow (A.3 and A.4). The appendix
concludes with a description of statistical properties and averaging techniques for turbulent
flow (A.5). Since no particles are considered in either Appendix, u=U and p=P for the
continuous-phase. For convenience, the appendices use u and p to be consistent with most of
the transport equations in the main text. However, one may substitute U and P to describe
local flow around a particle and V and Pp to consider flow inside a particle.

A.1. Continuous-Flow Governing Equations
General Conservation Equations

The Partial Differential Equations (PDEs) which govern the uncoupled continuous-phase
flow are based on the conservation of three quantities: mass, momentum, and energy. These
equations can be obtained by equating the time rate of change of a quantity to the flux across
the surface of that quantity and any source or sink of that quantity within the volume. If q is an
arbitrary quantity, then the Reynolds Transport Theorem states that the time-rate of change of q
within an arbitrary volume is given by the inward flux through the surface of the volume and
the internal generation rate of the quantity. This concept is shown in Fig. A.1 and can be
expressed as:
q
 t d    q  u  n  dA   q d
               A                 
A.1
In this equation, u is the velocity of the quantity transport, n is the outward normal to the
surface, and q is the source strength within the volume. If q and u are finite and continuously
differentiable in space, then the first term on the RHS of this equation is the inward flux to the
control volume. The opposite of this term is the outward flux. This can be transformed into a
volume integral by the Gauss Divergence theorem for a vector q:

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 q  n  dA     q  d

A.2
Rewriting the vector as (qu) yields a relationship between outward flux and internal gradients:
 q u  n  dA    (qu) d
A                    
A.3
Therefore, the PDE for the transport of q in an infinitesimally small fluid volume is

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q
   (qu)  q                                                            A.4
t
This is often referred to as the conservation equation if q =0.
The conservation of mass with no sources or sinks can be written in terms of the density by
noting that it is linearly proportional to the fluid mass if the differential fluid volume is held
fixed. Based on the conservation equation and the definition of the substantial derivative, the
conservation of mass in differential form can be expressed in either the Eulerian derivative or
the Lagrangian derivative of the density
f
    f u   0                                                       A.5a
t
D f
 f    u   0                                                      A.5b
Dt
The first equation is particularly convenient for Eulerian formulations of the continuous-phase
flow. The second equation makes use of the relationship defined in Eq. 1.13b.
The conservation of momentum of the fluid in a differential volume is dictated by equating
the change in momentum with the forces applied to the mass in the control volume (Newton’s
second law). The applied forces include body forces and surface forces. The most common
body force is the gravitational force  mf g = f g  , but others include electrostatic and
magnetic forces. The surface forces are based on the fluid pressure (p) and viscous stresses
(Kij) acting as area-integrated quantities. These forces can be converted into volume-integrated
quantities by again using the divergence theorem. Based on this approach, the conservation
equation (assuming no source or sinks for momentum in the control volume) can be written in
the following differential forms as
  f u 
    f uu   f g - p    K i j                             A.6a
t
Du
f        f g - p    K i j                                               A.6b
Dt
Note that the conversion of Eq. A.6a to A.6b is based on the continuity equation (Eq. A.5b)
and the expansion of the spatial velocity gradient term
 f uu  f u  u  u f u                                         A.7
Note that the continuity and momentum equations given by Eqs. A.5a & A.6a are in the so-
called “conservative” form since all derivative terms are not multiplied by dependent variables,
whereas Eqs. A.5b & A.6b are in the “total derivative” or “non-conservative” form.
To complete these equations it is important to relate the viscous stresses to the velocity
field (the pressure will be later related to density by an equation of state). For a Newtonian
fluid, these stresses are linearly proportional to the deformation. The viscous stresses can be
expressed in Cartesian coordinates in terms of the shearing and compressive velocity gradients
as well as the shear and bulk viscosities:
 u u j           u k
K i j  f  i          
 x j x i  bulk,f x k
                                                     A.8
           
Often the last term is negligible compared to the shear stresses especially for low-speed flows,
although this compressive viscous stress is needed to resolve the features within a shock-wave

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or other highly compressive phenomena. To simplify, we may invoke the Stokes’ hypothesis
to relate the bulk viscosity to the shear-based dynamic viscosity:  bulk,f  2f / 3 . Further
employing the divergence definition, the viscous stresses can be expressed as
 u u j 2 u k            u i u j 2         
K i j  f  i        ij       f           ij  u                 A.9
 x j x i 3         
 x j x i 3 x k 
                                               
In the equation, ij is the Kronecker delta defined as
  1 if i=j
i j                                                                        A.10
 0 if i  j
This tensor is symmetric such that K ij  K ji . White (1991) notes that the Stokes’ hypothesis
may not be correct but since generally u is typically small (e.g. zero for incompressible
flow), the exact nature of the bulk viscosity is not critical, although it can be important for
diffusion effects related to sound attenuation and shock waves. One may also combine the
viscous and the pressure stresses with a surface normal (nj) to define a fluid stress vector as:
Tj   pn j  K ijn i                                                            A.11
This vector represents the force per unit area acting on the surface defined by nj. For
“inviscid” flow, the vector notation form is T  pn .
To develop a transport equation for fluid energy, one may define the total energy per unit
mass (etot) as the internal energy due to random molecular motion (e) plus the kinetic energy
due to the mean molecular motion:
e tot  e + u 2 / 2                                                             A.12
The conservation of energy can then be developed based on the first law of thermodynamics
which states that the energy change of a system is equal to the heat added to the systems and
the work done by the system. The heat flux across the control volume border surface can be
related to the gradient of the temperature and thermal conductivity ( k f T ), where k f is the
thermal conductivity coefficient of the fluid. The work is related to the power needed to
overcome the fluid dynamic stresses (while shaft work is neglected). Using the Reynolds
Transport Theorem, the energy conservation can be written as:
  f e tot 
    f e tot u   f g  u +    K i j  u - pu     k f T  A.13
t
This equation is in conservative form and indicates that the transport of total energy (LHS) is
related to the work and energy applied to the fluid system including (RHS): including body
force work (1st term), viscous stress work (2nd term), pressure stress work (3rd term) and heat
transfer due to the thermal conductivity of the fluid (4th term). This transport equation can also
be written in terms of the substantial derivative of the internal energy as
u
=  K ij  pij  i +   k f T 
De
f                                                                                       A.14
Dt                        x j
In contrast to Eq. A.13, the pressure and body force work do not appear as identifiable terms.
However, it can also be written in conservative form by employing Eq. A.5a:
  f e                                       u
    f eu  =  Kij  pij  i +   k f T                           A.15
t                                           x j

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As will be discussed in §B.3.4, conservative forms of the transport equations are preferred for
compressible flows.

Fluid Properties

At NTP, several of the fluid properties used in the above PDEs (viscosity, density,
conductivity, etc.) are given in Table A.1 for air, methane, water and ethanol. Often the
viscosity may be assumed constant, but for significant temperature variations (especially
experienced in compressible flows), it is a function of temperature. For 250 K to 750 K, air
viscosity can be estimated as
f  fo  T / To            1.82x105 kg /(m-s)  T / 293K 
2/ 3                                        2/ 3
A.16
In this equation, the subscript “o” indicates NTP and absolute temperatures are used. This
form is generally reasonable for other gasses up to about 400 K. White (1991) provides
detailed viscosity relationships for several gasses and liquids.

Equation of State and Compressibility Relationships

In many flows, density changes of the continuous-phase occur due to fluid dynamics. In
these “compressible” flows, it is important to determine the relationship between pressure and
density, and this is generally referred to as the equation of state for a fluid. This relationship
can also be used to determine the speed of sound in the fluid since acoustic signals are
transmitted via compressible pressure waves. In addition, the speed of sound will help
determine the character of the governing PDEs. In the following we will consider the equation
of state for both a gas and for a liquid.
In order to relate the variations in pressure, temperature, and energy it is useful to define
enthalpy (h), which is proportional to the internal energy per unit mass
p
h  e                                                                        A.17
f
In general, enthalpy and specific energy increase with temperature and the proportionalities are
the specific heat at constant pressure (cp) and specific heat at constant volume (c):
h
cp                                                                           A.18a
T p
e
c                                                                          A.18b
T 
If these specific heats are independent of temperature for a particular fluid, then the fluid is
called “calorically perfect” and the internal energy and enthalpy become linear functions of
temperature. The ratio between these two values is the specific heat ratio
  cp / c                                                                        A.19
For liquids at moderate pressures and temperatures, this ratio is approximately equal to unity
( c p  c  ). For a diatomic calorically perfect gas, the specific heat ratio is constant and equal to

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7/5, which is a reasonable approximation for air at NTP. At higher temperatures, the gas is
generally no longer calorically perfect and  is reduced.
The specific heat ratio can also be used to define the speed of sound as the rate of
propagation of weak (isentropic) pressure pulses
p
a2                                                                            A.20
 s
The relationship between pressure and density for a gas is straightforward for the “perfect gas”
assumption, whereby the molecules are assumed to be far enough apart that intermolecular
forces are negligible and only molecular collisions determine their motion. In this case,
pressure can be related to the volumetric concentration of molecules and their average kinetic
energy. The latter can be related to the absolute gas temperature (measured in Kelvin) based
on the statistical mechanics and the kinetic theory of gasses. The result is a linear relationship
between the pressure and the product of temperature and density for a perfect gas. The
proportionality constant is the specific gas constant, R g, and Dalton showed that this is equal to
the universal gas constant (R univ) divided by the molecular weight of the gas (MWg). The
resulting equation of state is known as the perfect gas law:
 R            pg
R g   univ                                                                 A.21
 MWg          g Tg
            
Based on this relationship and the definition of enthalpy, the gas constant is equal to the
difference between the specific heats:
cp  c  R g                                                                  A.22
For a calorically perfect gas, the ratio of these specific heats (Eq. A.19) is constant such that
the local speed of sound of Eq. A.20 for a perfect gas can be expressed as
a g  R g T                                                                   A.23
Most gasses at room temperature will have a speed of sound of a few hundred m/s (Table A.1).
In the case of a liquid, the equation of state relating pressure to density is often given in
terms of the empirical Tait equation which includes a liquid compressibility pressure constant
(Bl) and a compressibility exponent (Kl) as well as the pressure and density at NTP:
K
p+Bl po    l  l
                                                                  A.24
(1+ Bl )po  lo 
The speed of sound for liquid (al) from the Tait equation based on isentropic conditions
becomes
K l (p  Bl p o )
al2                                                                           A.25
l

Note that this equation reverts to the calorically perfect gas conditions for B=0 and K=For a
liquid these parameters are non-zero. For example, the compressibility of water at normal
temperature is reasonably describe with Bl=3000 and Kl=7.15. Typical liquid sounds speeds

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are on the order of a 1000 m/s (Table A.1) and Thompson (1972) gives B and K for other fluids,
all of which tend to much higher than that of typical gasses. The qualitative differences
between the pressure and density relationship for a gas and a liquid can be seen in Fig. A.2.
 For gasses or liquids, the effect of compressibility on fluid motion is typically characterized
by the Mach number, which is defined as the local speed of the fluid normalized by the speed
of sound:
Mu/a                                                                         A.26
This parameter indicates the relative speeds of convection as compared to acoustic signals. If
one defines the total or stagnation condition as that associated with an isentropic deceleration
to zero velocity, the changes in flow properties can be related to the local Mach number as
1           1
                  1
T              p                    1 2 
                             1    M         for a perfect gas   A.27
Ttot  tot  gas  p tot  gas             2   

In these relationships, Ttot, tot and ptot are the total temperature, pressure and density. This
equation indicates that changes in flow properties become more pronounced as the Mach
number become significant. This is qualitatively similar to the influence of Mach number of
liquids. Therefore, a gas or liquid flow with M0 throughout will tend to have negligible
density changes due to velocity variations, while flows with M~1 or greater can be expected to
have large changes in flow properties. The Mach number is useful in identifying flow regimes
and the mathematical character of the PDEs as will be discussed in the next section.

A.2. Inviscid Flow Equations and Mach Number Regimes
In many flow conditions, the quantitative effects of friction over surfaces and dissipation of
vorticity are generally not of primary importance. In such cases, one may neglect viscosity in
the governing continuous-flow equations, yielding “inviscid” flow. When neglecting viscosity
for the continuous-flow description, the wall boundary condition can be described as a “slip”
condition. As such, only the velocity perpendicular to the wall is prescribed (and set equal to
the wall speed if the wall moves relative to reference coordinate system). Let us first consider
the very low Mach number regime where the density will not be altered by fluid dynamics.

Incompressible Flow

The M0 range corresponds to “incompressible flow” indicating changes in the flow
velocity will not significantly affect the fluid density. Since liquid flows tend to have smaller
flow speeds and higher acoustic speeds than gas flows, the assumption of liquid
incompressibility is quite common. If the flow is adiabatic and homogeneous, then the
temperature everywhere is constant (“isothermal flow”) and it no longer influences the mass
and momentum equations. Thus, a continuous-phase energy equation (as in Eq. A.12) is often
not needed for incompressible flow if heat transfer is negligible. If the mechanisms which
cause gradients in density (density stratification, heat transfer, or mechanical compression) are

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weak, then the continuous-fluid density (and viscosity) can be considered everywhere constant
along streamlines, i.e.
f  const.                                                                   A.28
This allows the conservation equations to be correspondingly simplified. The conservation of
mass indicates that the velocity divergence is zero:
 u  0                                                                      A.29
This is often referred to as the continuity equation and in Cartesian coordinates becomes:
u x u y u z
            0                                                           A.30
x     y     z
This result is also valid when the flow is stratified but non-mixing since incompressibility will
enforce that density is constant along streamlines Df /Dt=0 which can be combined with Eq.
A.5b to yield Eq. A.29.
Three effective descriptors of fluid fields are: 1) the stream function and streamlines (which
serves to indicate fluid paths), 2) the vorticity field (which serves to indicate rotational and
shear regions), and 3) the velocity potential (which can be related to the pressure field). These
three descriptors are defined in the following but are all related. The first is the stream
function () which is only defined for two-dimensional flow. For Cartesian coordinates, it is:

 ux                                                                       A.31a
y

 -u y                                                                     A.31b
x
This definition automatically satisfies the continuity equation for incompressible flow (Eq.
A.30). Stream-lines are instantaneous curves along which the stream function in two-
dimensional flow is constant and are quite useful for visualizing the flow angles since the
streamlines are always parallel to the flow direction. In addition, the mass flow between a pair
of streamlines is constant so that a reduction in gap between them indicates a local increase in
velocity and a decrease in pressure. Pathlines are the actual (history-based) path of a fluid
element and will be equal to the streamlines if the flow is steady.
The second descriptor is the continuous-phase fluid vorticity which is a vector defined as
twice the angular velocity of a fluid particle (Eq. 1.7):
    u  x i x  y i y  z i z                                          A.32
The RHS expression is the vorticity in Cartesian coordinates and its magnitude (always taken
as positive) can be defined with the Cartesian form or in tensor form as:
 u u y   u x u z   u y u x 
22                             2

      z 
2     2     2
                    
y  z   z x   x         y 
x     y     z
                                                                A.33a

1  u i u j  u j u i 
                           
2  x j x i  x i x j 
                      
A.33b
Two fundamental vortical flow conditions with constant vorticity are: “linear shear” flow and
the “simple vortex” flow. For “linear shear” flow, the flow lines are parallel and the velocity

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field has a uniform spatial gradient. An example is shown in Fig. A.3a with u y  u z  0 where
the vorticity magnitude given by the streamwise velocity gradient:
u
shear  x  const.               for linear shear flow                   A.34
y
For “simple vortex” flow, the flow lines are circular with a tangential velocity that increases
linearly with radius, i.e. solid-body rotation. An example of this is shown in Fig. A.3b with
u r  u z  0 where the vorticity is given by:
2u 
vortex       const.       for simple vortex flow                         A.35
r
A flow with no vorticity flow throughout (=0) is called “irrotational”.
The third descriptor is the velocity potential defined as
  u                                                                       A.36
Since  q   0 for any scalar, any flow for which a velocity potential can be defined (i.e.
“potential flow”) must also be irrotational. The velocity potential is always perpendicular to
surfaces and streamlines and thus is helpful to visualize flux surfaces in a flowfield.
Furthermore, unlike the stream function, a velocity potential can be defined for three-
dimensional flow. For steady flows, this equation can be combined with the flow continuity
(Eq. A.30) to yield:
 2  0                                                                     A.37
Thus, the governing PDE of the steady velocity potential is given by a linear Laplace equation.
If we consider a two-dimensional flow which is irrotational (=0), Eqs. A.31 and A.33 can be
used to show the resulting stream function will also satisfy Laplace’s equation:
 2  0                                                                     A.38
This property allows linear super-position of solutions, i.e. if 1 and 2 satisfy Eq. A.37, so
then does 1+2 , and a similar statement can be made with respect to two stream function
solutions. This feature is helpful for analytical solutions of flows in terms of  or .
If vorticity is important, the stream function equation for two-dimensional flow in the x-y
plane yields a Poisson equation:
 2   z                                                                  A.39
This relationship may be combined with a vorticity transport equation to describe two-
dimensional incompressible flow, independent of whether viscosity is included. As a result
 approaches have been used in both analysis and CFD to describe a flowfield with given
boundary conditions, since the velocity and pressure fields can be obtained thereafter.
However, most current CFD approaches use the equations for pressure and velocity directly
(i.e.; “primitive” variable approach) to more generally allow three-dimensional flow fields.
The primitive velocity formulation is generally given by Eq. A.6b coupled with Eq. A.29.
If viscous effects are neglected and steady flow is assumed, the momentum conservation
(Eq. A.6b) can be written as:
1
2   f u2   p f g    p  f gi z                           A.40

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This equation can be integrated to yield a relationship for the dynamic pressure (pdyn) as:
pdyn  12 f u2    p  f gz   const.                                            A.41
This is called the Bernoulli equation and is valid for steady inviscid incompressible flows
where fgz accounts for the hydrostatic pressure effect. If this term is small compared to the
dynamic pressure for a given flowfield (e.g. gD u 2 ), the relationship becomes:
D

p  12 f u 2  p tot  const.                       for weak hydrostatic gradients   A.42
In this case, the total pressure is uniform throughout the domain and equals the pressure at the
stagnation points. To apply a similar concept when hydrostatic effects should instead be
retained, one may define a fluid dynamic pressure (p′) based on the RHS of Eq. A.41 so that its
gradient can be expressed in terms of the velocity field by Eq. A.40:
p  p  f gz  p tot  12 f u 2                                          A.43a
 p   1 2  f  u 2                                                      A.43b
Even when unsteady viscous effects are important, the fluid dynamic pressure is convenient
since substitution into the momentum equation removes the gravitational term, e.g. Eq. A.6b
can be rewritten as
Du
f      p    K i j                                                      A.43X
Dt
This also eliminates the need to include hydrostatic effects in the pressure boundary conditions.
Once this fluid dynamic pressure distribution is known, then Eq. A.43a can be used to
determine the local pressure.

Compressible Flow

If the condition M0 is not satisfied (say, M>0.1), then the governing equations should be
written in compressible form since local changes in velocity will significantly affect the density.
This compressibility condition also mandates that the energy equation be considered along
with the momentum and mass conservation equations. The resulting set of compressible flow
equations for inviscid adiabatic conditions is usually arranged in conservative form.
Rearranging Eqs. A.5a, A.6a and A.13 and neglecting hydrostatic pressure gradients (Eq.
A.43b) in the momentum and energy equations (since gD u 2 for gas most flows), these
D

equations can be written as:
f   f u j 
            0                                                           A.44a
t      x j
  f u i          f u i u j  pij 
                             0                                       A.44b
t                      x j
  f e tot          f u je tot  pu j 
                              0                                    A.44c
t                       x j

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This formulation is convenient for numerical approaches as it prescribes linear derivatives of
the conservative variables (f, fui, and fetot), to which finite volume approaches can be
applied in a straightforward fashion.
If one assumes that the flow is irrotational, then a velocity potential can be again defined
for compressible flow by Eq. A.36. If we further assume steady isentropic conditions (no
shocks or viscous effects) and a calorically perfect gas, then the equations can be linearized
based on small velocity perturbations from a free-stream velocity in the x-direction (ux∞). The
equations of continuity, momentum and energy can be employed to yield the linearized steady
compressible velocity potential equation:
2       2  2
2
(1  M  ) 2  2  2  0                                                       A.45
x     y     z
In this equation, the free-stream Mach number is defined as M∞=ux∞/a∞. This can then be
evaluated for the different Mach number regimes in terms of flow compressibility: M«1, M<1,
M~1, and M>1. In addition, we can identify the mathematic character of the governing PDE
(Eq. A.45) by considering the slope of the characteristic directions (Anderson et al. 1997):
dy dz            1
                                                                        A.46
dx dx          M  1
2

Characteristics for the four Mach number regimes are shown in Fig. A.4 and discussed below.
For M«1, we note that the pressure waves travel at the speed of sound since the convection
speed is approximately negligible in comparison. However, the pressure waves are generally
so weak that they have a negligible quantitative effect on the velocity field. Therefore, the
incompressibility assumption is generally invoked under these conditions (Eq. A.45 reverts to
the incompressible form given in Eq. A.37) unless acoustic signals need to be captured.
The M<1 range corresponds to “subsonic flow” indicating that the convection speed is less
than the acoustic speed, but is generally not small in comparison. As such, the pressure signals
which move according to the combination of the local sound speed and convection speed (u+a)
can travel in all directions. This is consistent with the fact that Eq. A.45 has imaginary
characteristic slopes for M∞<1 so that it is an elliptic PDE such that the flow solution is
coupled in all directions. As such, all points within the domain can affect all other points in the
domain, i.e. both the region of influence and domain of dependence for a given point include
the entire domain. We shall see later in Appendix B that the numerical solution should mimic
this behavior.
The M~1 condition corresponds to “transonic flow” indicating that the convection speed is
approximately equal to the acoustic speed. If M∞=1, the pressure signals can only move
downstream and Eq. A.45 becomes a parabolic PDE in the flow direction. For flow primarily
in the x-direction, this is consistent with characteristic curves in the x-y plane having a slope
(dy/dx) equal to ∞. Under this condition, the region of influence for a given point is confined
to the downstream domain.
The M>1 condition corresponds to “supersonic flow” whereby pressure signals are further
limited to only move in the downstream within a cone of influence. The cone angle is
consistent with the slope of the characteristic curves in the x-y plane as   M   1
1/ 2
2
. Such
signal propagation indicates a hyperbolic PDE at this condition.

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A.3. Incompressible Viscous Flow Equations
Diffusion Parameters

Viscous flows require the inclusion of shear stresses in the PDE formulation. Viscosity is
the mechanism which characterizes the rate of momentum transport due to molecular
interactions. For Newtonian flows, the magnitude of the viscosity is given by the linear
constant of proportionality between the velocity gradients and the shear stress (Eq. A.8). Thus,
the dynamic viscosity of a fluid (f) is the rate of momentum transport in the fluid per unit
volume. Similarly, the kinematic viscosity corresponds to the rate of momentum transport per
unit mass and is related to the dynamics viscosity by:
f
f                                                                                    A.47
f
The presence of viscosity causes flow structures with velocity gradients to diffuse and dissipate.
Viscosity also causes a no-slip wall condition if the fluid can be considered as a continuum, i.e.
the relative flow along the wall must be zero. For example, if the wall is static then the flow
must have zero velocity at the wall. There are two other important diffusion properties of a
fluid: mass diffusion and thermal diffusion. The equations which govern these effects are
discussed below.
The mass diffusion is analogous to the momentum diffusion concept except it employs the
diffusion of a species per unit area is linearly proportional to the concentration gradient:
mi
 f   i                                                                       A.48
A
The LHS is the mass flux per unit area of species in the direction of decreasing concentration,
i is the mass of species i per unit volume of the mixture, and f is the mass diffusion
coefficient based on the rate of molecular exchange between the species and the overall
mixture (White, 1991). The negative sign indicates that diffusion occurs in the direction of the
lower concentration region yielding a tendency towards uniform concentration.
If we consider the diffusion of only one species, and define its local volume fraction to be
, then the component density can be related to the overall fluid density by
 k   k f                                                                           A.49
The transport equation of the species volume fraction can then be obtained for both variable
and constant density conditions as (Hinze, 1975):
  f  k                             
         f  k u i   f ,k   f  k                           A.50a
t             x i                 x i               
 k                  
     k u i    f ,k  k                            for constant density   A.50b
t x i              x i

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This mass diffusion assumes that the species are miscible within the overall mixture. This is a
good assumption for gasses since their molecules can readily form mixtures and this is also
true for many liquids. However, some liquids (such as oil and water) are not miscible. If the
tracer species is not miscible, then f=0.
Note that the mass diffusion of a species based on f is analogous to the momentum
diffusion based on f (Eq. A.47). Because of this, it is natural to consider the ratio of the
momentum to mass diffusion, which is defined as the (laminar) Schmidt number
f
Sc                                                                           A.51
f
For air and many gasses, the Schmidt number is of order unity indicating that the mass and
momentum diffusion rates are similar. However, water and many liquids have a Schmidt
number on the order of 103, indicating such fluids have a mass diffusion which is much slower
than their momentum diffusion.
Similar to the above, thermal diffusion in fluids is assumed to be linearly proportional to
the local temperature gradient. This is referred to as Fourier’s Law and the constant of
proportionality for thermal diffusion is kf, which relates temperature gradients into heat
diffusion (Eqs. A.13-A.15). The ratio of momentum diffusion to thermal diffusion is given by
the (laminar) Prandtl number
f            f c p,f
Prf                       
k f /  f c p,f 
A.52
kf

In this expression, cp is the heat capacity at constant pressure. For gases, the Prandtl number is
of order unity (about 0.7 for air at NTP) indicating that thermal and momentum diffusion rates
are generally similar. For liquids, the Prandtl number varies considerably with both the fluid
type and the temperature: Pr ranges from 1.7-13.7 for water, 0.004-0.03 for liquid metals, and
50-100,000 for oils.

Governing Equations

Viscous flows can be classified as either compressible or incompressible. However, to
focus on the influence of viscosity and simplify matters, only incompressible flow will be
considered. For isothermal homogenous flows, the viscosity and density can be considered
constant throughout. As noted above, if an incompressible flow is homogenous, adiabatic and
non-reacting, the temperature is approximately constant. For such an isothermal flow, the
influence of the energy equation on the mass and momentum equations can be neglected.
For incompressible flow, the mass conservation equation is simply given by Eq. A.29. For
the momentum conservation, the assumption of incompressibility allows the bulk stress to be
neglected in Eq. A.8. Further assuming constant viscosity, the gradient of the viscous stress
tensor of Eq. A.9 in tensor and vector notation is given by:
  u i u j 
  K i j  f                   f  u      u  
2

x j  x j x i                                         A.53
           

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Since the velocity divergence is zero for incompressible flow (Eq. A.29), the momentum
equation of Eq. A.6b in vector form becomes:
Du
f      p  f g  f  2u                                              A.54
Dt
The Cartesian tensor forms of the continuity and the momentum equations are thus:
u i
0                                                                       A.55a
x i
u i         u            p         2ui
f         f u j i  f g i -       f                                     A.55b
t          x j          x i      x 2j

In the second equation, gi is the component of gravitational acceleration in the xi direction. In
the limit of quiescent flow (ui=0), this yields
p / x i  f g i                                                            A.56
This is the hydrostatic equation
It is often convenient to consider incompressible flow in spherical coordinates. Defining r
as the radial coordinal,  as the polar angle, and  as the azimuthal angle about the axis =0,
the incompressible continuity equation in spherical coordinates becomes

1  r ur
2

1    u  sin    u   
                     0                        A.57
r 2 r          r sin                  
                      
The continuity equation in cylindrical and general curvilinear orthogonal coordinates is also
given by Batchelor (1967) as are the momentum equations in spherical coordinates:
u r       u r u  u r        u  u r u  u 
2      2

 ur                                         gr
t         r      r  r sin          r      r
A.58a
1 p           2     2u r     2    u  sin   u   
            f  u r  2  2                          
f r          
        r    r sin                 
u       u  u  u    u  u  u r u  u  cot 
2

 ur                                         g
t        r   r  r sin         r        r
 2
1 p       2 u r     1                  u                A.58b
            f
 u   2       2 2  u   2 cos    
f r 
       r  r sin                      
u      u  u u     u  u  u r u  u  u  cot 
 ur                                      g
t       r  r  r sin         r         r
A.58c
1     p   2          2  u r          u     u  
                 u   2
 f                    cot           
f r sin             r sin              2sin   
The viscous terms make use of the spherical Laplacian operator
1   q          1             q       1      2q
2q  2  r 2        2            sin    2 2                            A.59
r r  r  r sin                r sin  2
For reference, the viscous stress tensor in spherical coordinates is also given as:

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u r
K rr  2f                                                                    A.60a
r
   u  1 u r 
K r  f  r                                                            A.60b
 r  r  r  
 u 1 u  
K   2f  r          
A.60c
 r r  
 1 u  u r u  cot  
K   2 f                                                               A.60d
 r sin     r r 
 1 u r r   u   
K r  2 f                                                              A.60e
 2r sin   2 r  r  
 sin    u       1 u  
K   2 f                                                           A.60f
 2r   sin   2r sin   
It can be important to identify such stress on a spherical interface.
In either set of coordinates, the flow variables can be non-dimensionalized by defining D
and uD as respectively the reference macroscopic continuous-phase length and speed (e.g.
diameter and mean speed in a pipe flow). Thus, Eq. A.55 can be rewritten in vector notation
with non-dimensional values u*=u/uD, x*=x/D, t*=tuD/D and p*=p/f(uD)2 as:

  u*  0                                                                    A.61a
Du*            1 g   1
*
 p*             2 u*
Dt            FrD g Re D                                                     A.61b
In the RHS of Eq, A.61b, g/g is the unit vector in the direction of gravity. The latter equation
includes the non-dimensional macroscopic Froude and Reynolds numbers:
u2
FrD    D                                                                     A.62a
gD
 Du
Re D  f D                                                                    A.62b
f
This Froude number definition of Eq. A.62a is consistent with that of Oguz & Prosperetti
(1990) and is sometimes called the “second” Froude number, whereby the “first” Froude
number is simply the square root of this value. Based on Eq. A.41, it is proportional to the
ratio of dynamic pressure to hydrostatic pressure and thus can reflect the importance of
convection to gravitational forces. If this number is large (FrD»1), then gravitational effects
can generally be ignored with respect to overall flow development.
The Reynolds number of Eq. A.62b represents the overall ratio of convective stresses to
viscous stresses for the macroscopic continuous-phase flow. The uncoupled viscous flow
physics will thus depend on the Reynolds number, the boundary conditions, and the domain
geometry. However, as will be discussed in the next section, the viscous effects can generally
not be ignored even when ReD»1 because local viscous regions can affect local skin friction.
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local regions where viscous effects are strong, the shear stresses in the momentum transport of
Eq. A.61b render the PDE to be elliptic and consistent with molecular diffusion occurring in all
directions. The relevant transport equations are discussed in the next section with respect to
the different Reynolds number regimes.

A.4. Reynolds Number Regimes for the Continuous-Phase
Overview of Regimes

Viscous flow behavior is generally classified into three different regimes according to
viscous flow physics: laminar, transitional, or turbulent flow. This division is based on the
appearance of undamped flow instabilities as the Reynolds number increases. When the
instabilities are fully damped by viscosity, the flow is said to be “laminar”. When these
instabilities are partially damped, perturbations can give rise to simple (e.g. two-dimensional or
axisymmetric) unsteady flow features and the flow is called “transitional”. The onset of
transitional flow occurs at the critical Reynolds number (ReD,crit), but this is often quickly
followed by turbulent flow (at ReD,turb) whereby strong flow instabilities are observed. This
results in a three-dimensional, unsteady flow with non-linear complex coupling between the
various instability modes. The values of ReD,crit and ReD,turb are generally obtained from
experiments for a given geometry, but for some simple conditions (e.g. flat plate boundary
layer flow) it is possible to at least qualitatively predict the critical Reynolds number.
The instabilities can occur in wall-shear flows due to the Tollmien-Schlichting instability
and in density gradient flows due to the Rayleigh-Taylor instability. Another example is
Kelvin-Helmholtz instability in free-shear flows, which result from velocity gradients between
parallel flowing streams. Perturbations can be damped by viscosity at low Reynolds numbers,
but a higher values will tend to grow and eventually lead to eddy and braid features (Fig. A.5).
For transitional flows, the structures will exhibit detailed features and become increasingly
non-linear, though still remain approximately two-dimensional (Fig. A.5b). As the Reynolds
number increases further, significant three-dimensionality and increased flow complexity will
occur. As such, transitional flows can sometimes be intermittent with some laminar-like flow
regions (organized with simple features) but also intermingled with bursts of turbulent-like
flow (quasi-random with complex features).
For ReD>ReD,turb (the minimum Reynolds number for fully-developed turbulence), the flow
instabilities become sufficiently pronounced that non–linear chaotic behavior is sustainable.
The result is a flow-field with vortices and other features which occur and interact over a wide
range of length and time scales. As an example, a fully turbulent free-shear layer is shown in
Fig. A.5c, where it can be seen that the large scale structures of Fig. A.5b are present but are
combined in a complex way with a spectrum of other structures. These structures are three-
dimensional, unsteady, and effectively stochastic at the smaller scales. At the smallest scales,
molecular diffusion effects govern the velocity, concentration, and thermal gradients. The
Reynolds numbers associated with transition and turbulence are a function of the flow-field
geometry. For example, ReD,crit for flat plate boundary layer is on the order of 200,000-
400,000 based on plate length, whereas ReD,crit is about 2,000-3,000 for a round pipe flow and
even less for a free shear layer. Fully-developed turbulence generally occurs soon after
transition as shown in Fig. A.6 for a pipe flow with ReD,turb≈4,000-6,000.

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The influence of the various Reynolds number regimes is illustrated in Fig. A.7 for the case
of species mass diffusion and convection in a pipe flow with Schmidt number of unity (so that
mass and momentum diffusion are of the same order) over a range of Reynolds numbers. Here
it can be seen that increasing the Reynolds can eventually lead from steady flow to turbulent
flow. In this sense, these figures are similar to the sketches of dye dispersion for the celebrated
pipe flow stability experiments conducted by Reynolds in 1883. For very low Reynolds
number (ReD«1), mass diffusion will dominate the convection and thus a mass source will tend
to propagate upstream nearly as fast as it does downstream (Fig. A.7a). For ReD~1, the
convective and viscous diffusion rates will be similar order so that upstream diffusion is
significant but limited (Fig. A.7b). As the Reynolds number increases further but the flow
remains laminar, the convection effects will dominate such that the transverse diffusion is
limited and the mass is mostly carried in the flow direction (Fig. A.7c). Further increases in
Reynolds number will cause the flow to be unstable and the resulting unsteady structures of
transitional flow distribute the injection concentration with significant lateral perturbations (Fig.
A.7d). A further increase in Reynolds number leads to turbulent flow, where the injected mass
mixing becomes non-linear and distributed over a wide range of length and time scales (Fig.
A.7e). The transverse fluctuations in this regime result in significant lateral mixing, which can
be seen to be much greater than that observed for high Reynolds number laminar flow (Fig.
A.7c).

Laminar Flow Momentum Equations

The momentum conservation given by Eq. A.55b assumed constant viscosity and constant
density and under those assumptions is valid for all Reynolds numbers for both laminar and
turbulent flow. Two more simplifying assumptions are made for the following discussion of
laminar flow: the flow is assumed to be steady and gravitational forces are neglected. The
first assumption is often reasonable since flow instabilities tend to be damped by viscous forces
and so the absence of any time-dependent external forcing or time-dependent boundary
conditions will yield a steady flow. Using the definitions of Eq. A.62, the second assumption
is reasonable for large ReD and large FrD so that the pressure distribution is dominated by
hydrodynamic variations (Eq. A.42). This second assumption is also reasonable if pressure
distribution is dominated by viscous forces, i.e. small ReD and small ReD /FrD . Laminar flow
may also be classified according to the magnitude of the Reynolds number including ReD0,
ReD«1, ReD~1, and 1«ReD<ReD,crit. Each of these regimes may have a unique set of
momentum equations.
Based on Eq. A.61b and ReD0, the LHS convection term becomes negligible compared
to the viscous stress terms. However, special consideration should be given to the pressure
term. In particular, regions of the flow where viscous effects dominate suggest that this term
be non-dimensionalized as p*=pD/fuD. Employing this alternate definition of p* into Eq.
A.61b shows that the pressure term should be retained in the limit of Re D  0 . The resulting
steady-state momentum PDE (neglecting hydrostatic effects or by using the fluid dynamic
pressure of Eq. A.43) becomes:

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p        2ui
 f                                for ReD  0                          A.63
x i      x 2
j

This often termed the “creeping” flow equation and is typically used for ReD<0.01. For such
flows, the pressure term balances the shear stress and neither, but neither are important when
the velocity field only varies linearly in space. Also, creeping flows are “reversible” in the
sense that if a flowfield u satisfies this equation, then so does –u.
For linearized flow with ReD«1 (e.g., 0.01<ReD<0.1), the convective terms are small but
finite. As such, the convection velocity may be approximated by the free-stream velocity
while the spatial gradients are based on the local fluid velocity. The resulting PDE becomes:
u i    p        2ui
f u j               f              for ReD    1                         A.64
x j    x i      x 2
j

This linearization is especially convenient for analytical solutions. In either creeping or
linearized flow, viscous effects on a body will directly influence the velocity field far away and
in all directions since the momentum diffusion is slow or negligible.
For the intermediate condition of ReD~1, the convective terms are generally on the order of
the viscous terms and the pressure terms so that Eq. A.55a yields:
u i    p        2ui
f u j               f            for ReD~1                               A.65
x j    x i      x 2
j

If hydrostatic forces are important, the fluid dynamic pressure (Eq. A.43a) can be used in this
equation so that the gravitational terms are implicitly included.
In the other limit of ReD»1 with laminar flow, the convection terms will generally dominate
the viscous terms in the overall flow field. However, viscous stresses can be important in
certain parts of the flow, such as along a wall where a no-slip wall condition applies. Since the
Reynolds number is large, the viscous effects will only be felt a small distance away from the
wall, which leads to an important characteristic of many high Reynolds number laminar flows:
the boundary layer approximation. As postulated by Prandtl in 1904, the boundary layer is a
thin region where the viscous effects are significant. A consequence of this flow feature is that
the velocity gradients in the streamwise direction are often much smaller compared to those in
the transverse direction. As an example, the momentum equations for a two-dimensional
attached boundary layer flow along a flat wall in the x-direction become:
p
0                                                                         A.66a
y
for boundary layers along x
u         u    p     2u x
f u x x  f u y x     f                                                 A.66b
x          y   x     y 2
This simplification allows the PDEs to be parabolic in the direction of flow, which
substantially reduces the numerical solution of the flow and thus is often employed.
However, there are several conditions where Eq. A.66 will not apply for ReD»1. Obviously,
three-dimensional geometries or boundary conditions will require a three-dimensional
description of the flow. In addition, complex surface features (such as corners or other rapid
curvature changes) and adverse pressure gradients can cause flow separation. In this case, the

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local velocity gradients will be significant in all directions. Also, while laminar flows
generally damp out initial perturbations, their ability to do so is reduced as the Reynolds
number increases since this corresponds to decreasing viscosity. If this leads to flow
separation, then the boundary layer assumptions needed for Eq. A.66 are no longer appropriate.
If the flow is also unsteady, then the full Navier-stokes equations (Eq. A.55) must be used.

Transitional and Turbulent Momentum Equations

While the governing equations are known for transitional and turbulent flow (e.g. Eq. A.55)
the flow is too non-linear, unsteady and three-dimensional to allow an analytical solution.
Therefore, the equations must be solved numerically in their unsteady form to obtain an exact
solution. Since this is often not practical, another option is to consider only the time-averaged
flow equations since the mean flowfields for many configurations (e.g. flat wall boundary
layers or pipe flows) are repeatable. The mean flow distribution is related to the statistical
properties of the various turbulent scales (including velocity, length and time scales) and so
these are also important to the overall flow development. The mean properties and flow
equations for turbulence are discussed in the next section.

A.5. Average Properties and Equations for Turbulent Flow
To consider the time-scales associated with turbulent flow and other non-linear eddy-
containing flows, it is helpful to review some of their basic characteristics. Turbulence is a
complex flow phenomenon that occurs at high Reynolds numbers (as discussed in §A.4). In
general, turbulent flows have a wide range of time- and length-scales. It is also three-
dimensional, unsteady and inherently unstable. Finally, turbulence is effectively stochastic
since the state of the flow at a given time can not be used to deterministically predict the
detailed state at a significantly later time. However, as with many processes with random-like
features, turbulent flows and other non-linear eddy-laden flows can be characterized in terms
of their mean statistics, which are generally reproducible for the same geometry and flow
boundary conditions. In the following section, several key statistical parameters will be
defined for turbulence including: mean and rms of the unsteady velocity components, turbulent
kinetic energy and dissipation, mean correlations as a function of time and space shifts, integral
time and length scales, and micro time- and length-scales. These turbulence scales are then
used to develop transport equations to numerically solve for the mean velocity and other
statistical properties. These transport equations are sub-divided into two primary categories:
those which only consider the time-averaged fields (also called Reynolds-averaged) and those
which try to fully- or partially-resolve the unsteady turbulent features.

A.5.1.     Averages of Fluctuating Velocities

The most common statistical treatment is a simple time-average at a fixed (Eulerian) point
in space for a fluid property q:

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T
1
T
q(x)        q(x, t)dt as T                                                  A.67
0
In this equation, the overbar indicates a time-average over a sufficiently long period of time (T)
such that the average converges (ergodically stationary). This averaging is often called
Reynolds-averaging and indicates that the instantaneous value of a property can be
decomposed into time-averaged and fluctuating components
q(x, t)  q(x)  q(x, t)                                                      A.68
Specifically, the instantaneous velocity (as well as density, temperature, pressure, etc.) can be
decomposed as:
u i (x, t)  u i (x)  u  (x, t)
i                                                     A.69
The differences between the mean and instantaneous velocity fields are shown in Fig. A.8 for a
turbulent boundary layer. Here it can be seen that all the turbulent structures are removed for
the mean velocity field. An illustration of the time-history of this decomposition at a single
point is shown in Fig. A.9a.
There are several ways to characterize the turbulent velocity fluctuations. The Eulerian
mean of the fluctuating components is identically zero ( u  =0 for i=1,2,3). However, its
i
variance about the mean results in a finite root-mean-square (rms) value
1/2
1                    
u  rms (x)  u u  ( x)     u  ( x, t)  dt 
2
as                 A.70
 0
i,            i i                 i

The rms is often used to denote the strength of the turbulence. An example of the time-history
of a component of the instantaneous fluctuations is shown in Fig. A.9b. The continuous-phase
turbulent kinetic energy (k) has units of energy per unit mass and is defined as one-half of the
combined strength of the turbulence in all three Cartesian directions
k(x)  1 uu (x)  1 u u (x)  uy uy (x)  u u (x) 
2 i i         2  x x                      z z                    A.71
One may define a velocity fluctuation strength as:
u  u  
rms
2
3
k                                                       A.72
This can be used to non-dimensionalize the velocity fluctuations seen in Fig. A.9b, whereas a
turbulent integral time-scale (to be defined in §A.5.3) can be used to non-dimensionalize time.
Another property associated with the turbulence fluctuations is the turbulent energy
dissipation () which is related to the conversion of velocity fluctuations into thermal energy.
The viscous stress work of Eq. A.13 indicates that this conversion will be related to the local
and instantaneous velocity gradients. If we consider only the energy conversion associated
with the fluctuations, turbulent dissipation can be expressed based on the magnitude of the
2
u u          u 
  f i i  15f  1                                                        A.73
x j x j        x1 
This definition reflects the conversion of turbulent fluctuations into heat at the smallest scales,
and is the conventional expression used in many texts. The approximation assumes isotropy of
the turbulence, a concept which will be discussed in §A.5.2. Note that Schlichting (1979) and

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others include additional terms and thus define the overall dissipation somewhat differently.
Methods to estimate turbulent dissipation from velocity measurements are discussed by Elsner
& Elsner (1996). For reference, the dissipation and kinetic energy can be related to the
macroscopic length and velocity scales for fully turbulent pipe flows as
k  0.004u 2 and   0.005u 3 / D though there are also effects of ReD (Hinze, 1975).
D                D

There will also be additional energy dissipation into heat associated with the mean velocity
gradients but this is generally orders of magnitude smaller for turbulent flows except in near-
wall regions. This is because the magnitude of the instantaneous spatial gradients will far
exceed that of the mean velocity gradients. This can be especially seen in the turbulent
boundary layer of Fig. A.8 which shows both the instantaneous streamwise velocity field,
u x (x, y, z, t) , and its time-averaged value, u x (x, y) . This figure also shows that the mean
velocity field effectively removes all the complex eddy features.

A.5.2.          Homogeneous Isotropic Stationary Turbulence

Based on the above statistics, one can determine if it is reasonable to assume homogeneous
isotropic stationary turbulence (HIST) based on the mean properties.                 The term
“homogeneous” indicates that the kinetic energy is independent of position (no gradients of the
velocity rms values in any direction). The term “isotropic” indicates that the average velocity
fluctuations in all three directions are equal at a given position. A homogeneous isotropic
turbulent flow thus has the same rms of the velocity fluctuations at all locations and in all
directions. It also has no cross-correlations of velocity fluctuations and these properties may
be summarized as:
k    u   0
rms                       for homogenous turbulence               A.74a
 urms         u u  u u  u u  2 k
2
x x     y y     z z    3
for isotropic turbulence      A.74b
 uu 
i   j
i j
0                 for homogenous isotropic turbulence A.74c
The term “stationary” indicates that the mean statistics do not vary in time. In summary, the
rms of the velocity fluctuations in HIST can be represented by a single value which is steady
and independent of direction and spatial location, i.e., u  rms ≠F(x,t,i).
i,

The concept of HIST is “historical” and is a useful foundation for much of the turbulent
flow analysis since it allows discussion of basic turbulence concepts along with key analytical
simplifications (Pope, 2000). However, it is important to note that HIST is an idealization and
that it cannot be realized in actual flow conditions. This is because turbulence is generally
created by solid surfaces or instabilities associated with flow gradients and turbulence will
decay due to viscous dissipation unless continually supplied with new energy. Despite this,
portions of some flows may be reasonably approximated as containing HIST. For example, the
boundary layer statistics shown in Fig. A.10. Near the wall, the boundary layer has large (y)
gradients in the turbulence and the magnitudes of the turbulence vary depending on the
direction, i.e. represents a NAsT flow. Far from the wall (y/≈1), the turbulence strength is
nearly the same in all directions and does not have significant spatial variations, i.e. represents
an approximately HIST flow. Another example of a nearly HIST flow is the wake far
downstream of a planar grid. Snyder & Lumley (1971) made careful measurements for such a

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flow and found that the rms of the three fluctuations components of velocity were
approximately equal indicating isotropic turbulence. Although there was decay of turbulent
energy in the streamwise direction, it was limited to small fractions of the overall level over a
typical turbulent eddy length scale (to be defined below) indicating nearly homogeneous
turbulence
In contrast, non-homogeneous anisotropic turbulence (NAsT) contains non-zero gradients
of the turbulent kinetic energy ( k  0 ) as well as variations in magnitude among the three
velocity components ( u x,rms  u y,rms  u  ). For example, the mean transverse profiles of the
z,rms

three fluctuating velocity components near the wall (y/≈0.05) in Fig. A.10 indicate that the
spatial variations in the velocity fluctuations are quite large and that the stream-wise turbulence
intensity is significantly greater than the transverse intensity. This flow is “nasty” in that it
greatly complicates the analysis of the fluid physics and multiphase interactions. Other
examples of NAsT flows include pipe flows (where the gradients and anisotropy are most
profound along the wall) and free-shear flows such as shear layers and jets (where the gradients
and anisotropy are distributed throughout the flow but tend to be more gradual).

A.5.3.     Integral Scales in Turbulent Flows

For either HIST or NAsT, the characterization of the turbulence can also be assessed in
terms of its correlation over time and space. This is most often quantified via the velocity
correlation tensor (also called the temporal correlation function) between velocity component
fluctuations defined for a time-shift ( and a spatial vector shift (x) as:
u (x, t)u j ( x  x , t  )
ij (x, x , τ) 
i
NSI                      A.75
u (x)uj,rms (x  x )
i,rms

Note that Eq. A.75 is written with no summation of the indices (NSI). This correlation
function considers the mean relationship of velocity perturbations with temporal and spatial
shifts. With no temporal and spatial shifts, the correlation function becomes unity, i.e.
ij (0, 0)  1 . Finite spatial or temporal shifts will result in correlation values less than unity
due to changes in the fluctuations over time or space. This decay occurs due to the break-up,
merging, distortion, dissipation, etc. of the turbulent structures. For long times or large
distances, the correlation will completely decay, i.e.  ij (, 0)   ij (0, )  0 .
For homogeneous isotropic turbulence (Eq. A.47), the temporal correlations are only a
function of the shifts and are independent of location and time. Furthermore, their diagonal
components are uniform so that:
  τ   11  τ   22  τ   33  τ   f (x, t)                         A.76
As such, the correlation can be expressed as a single quantity (no longer a tensor) as a function
of the temporal and spatial shifts. For the rest of this section, HIST will generally be assumed
so that the temporal correlations can be given as a single isotropic quantity. However, as will
be shown later in this section, that the spatial correlations are generally anisotropic even for
HIST flows.
The three most common temporal shifts are Lagrangian, Eulerian and “moving-Eulerian”
and are illustrated in Fig. A.11. The Lagrangian shift follows the instantaneous fluid path so
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Eulerian shift is simply associated with a fixed point in space, i.e. x E=0. The moving-Eulerian
temporal shift is associated with the mean fluid path so that the spatial shift is based on the
mean velocity vector, i.e. xmE = u . This resulting correlation, mE , is a more convenient to
measure than the Lagrangian correlation since xmE is fixed and known in advance for a given
time shift. The correlation functions for these three shifts in HIST are thus summarized as:
L  τ   u  (x, t)u  (x   uDt, t  )  u  u  
t 
i         i                        i,rms i,rms
A.77a
t

E  τ   u (x, t)u  (x, t  )  u  u  
i         i                i,rms i,rms                 for i=1,2, or 3   A.77b

mE  τ   u  (x, t)u  (x  u, t  )  u  u  
i         i                     i,rms i,rms
A.77c
A typical Lagrangian correlation function is shown in Fig. A.12, where it can be seen that the
correlation decays from unity and tends to zero for long times, as expected. For intermediate
times, the correlation is finite and can be related to the normalizing time-scale, L. This time-
scale is therefore useful to define the temporal decay of turbulence and is called the Lagrangian
“integral time-scale”. Integral time-scales in general are defined in the following.
If above correlation functions are integrated over time, the result is simply the “integral”
time-scale of the turbulence and thus can be defined for the Lagrangian (L), moving Eulerian
(mE) and Eulerian (E) reference frames as follows:

                      
                 
L   L    d   
t 
uDt,  d                        A.78a
t
0                0
                
mE   mE    d     u,  d                                             A.78b
0                0
                 
E   E   d     0,  d                                                 A.78c
0                0

For the Lagrangian correlation, the integral time is also called the “eddy turnover time” since it
is associated with the average time it takes for an eddy structure to change as it convects. A
reasonable assumption for HIST at short-times and weak fluctuations ( u      rms  u ) is that the
moving Eulerian and the Lagrangian correlations are approximately equal:
L  E                                                                            A.79
This approximation is supported by data from Elghobashi & Truesdell (1984), Squires & Eaton
(1990), Loth & Stedl (1999), and Coppen et al. (2001) that showed that the moving-Eulerian
time-scale is only somewhat longer than the Lagrangian time-scale (about 10-20%). However,
non-homogeneous anisotropic turbulence will generally yield integral time-scales that are a
function of position and velocity component as shown in Fig. A.13a.
If one estimates the correlation function to have an exponential decay, the relationships
with the integral time-scales become simply
L (τ)  exp( / L )                                                              A.80a
E (τ)  exp( / E )                                                              A.80b
mE (τ)  exp( / mE )                                                            A.80c

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Thus, can be viewed as the time for a fluid velocity perturbation to decay (on average) to
about 1/e (0.37) of the original value. This can be seen to be a reasonable description as
shown by the exponential curve-fit and the experimental data in Fig. A.12. However,
experimental data often tends to show a slight negative-loop, e.g. at /L of 4-6 in Fig. A.12.
This is not predicted by the exponential decay form of Eq. A.80 so other correlation functions
are sometimes employed to incorporate this negative-loop, such as the exponential-cosine
function also shown in Fig. A.12. However, such functions do represent a clear improvement
in terms of overall experimental agreement. Furthermore, the integral time-scale is generally
more important than the shape of the correlation function. As such, the simpler exponential
function is the most common function.
In a manner similar to defining the integral time-scale, we may also define an integral
length-scale as the characteristic distance for spatial decorrelation with a spatial shift parallel to
mean velocity. For HIST, this length-scale is a vector defined by the streamwise spatial shift
( x ) but with zero temporal shift (=0):
                       
u (x, 0)u (x  x , 0)
i   ii (x , 0)dx           i          i
dx   NSI                  A.81
0                      0
u u
i,rms i,rms

As such, the length-scale depends on the direction of the turbulent fluctuations. The integral
time-scale based on streamwise velocity fluctuations is defined as:
                       
u (x, 0)u (x  x , 0)
    (x , 0)dx                                     dx                        A.82
0                      0
u,rms u,rms
The corresponding correlation function is typically approximated by exponential decay (Fig.
A.14a) since this is consistent with most experimental measurements:
 (x )  exp  x /                                                             A.83
An example flow for which the integral-scales can be readily observed is the free-shear flow
(also called the “mixing-layer”) of Fig. A.5c. Most of the energy is contained in the coherent
large-scale features since they are responsible for the largest velocity fluctuations. However,
the integral length-scale is averaged overall energy levels and so tends to be somewhat smaller,
e.g.  is roughly 1/3 of the shear-layer thickness (Wygnanski & Fiedler, 1970).
The correlation function and integral length-scale based on lateral fluctuations (normal to
the mean velocity) are still defined with a streamwise spatial shift and are given by:
 (x )  u (x, t)u (x  x , t)  u ,rms u ,rms 
                                                                   A.84a

     (x , 0)dx
0
A.84b

Unlike the streamwise correlations, the lateral correlation does not have an exponential decay
because of an additional constraint associated with mass conservation. To demonstrate this
constraint, let us denote the two lateral directions x 1 and x  2 . Next consider, the fluctuations
associated with velocity in the first of these directions ( u 1 ) over the surface given by spatial


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shifts in the other two directions as shown in Fig. A.14b. Since this plane is parallel to the
flow, the spatially-averaged mass flux through this plane should be zero:
 

  u
 
1   (x, t) dx dx 2  0                                           A.85

This mass continuity criterion means that a positive u 1 on the plane should be counter-acted


somewhere else with a negative u 1 . If this integral is weighted by u 1 at a streamwise shifted
                                     

point on this plane and then averaged, the correlation integral over the plane will also be zero,
 

  u
 
1   (x, t)u 1 (x  x , t) dx dx 2  0
                                                      A.86

For HIST, Csanady (1963) and Tennekes & Lumley (1972) refer to this as the “continuity”
effect, and note that this property dictates a relationship between the streamwise and lateral
spatial correlations:
x  (x ,0)
 (x ,0)   (x ,0)                                                     A.87
2     x
Employing the streamwise correlation given by Eq. A.83, the lateral spatial correlation for
zero-time shift must then have the form
  (x , 0)  1       x
    exp( x      )                              A.88

This results in a substantial negative-loop, i.e. this correlation becomes negative for significant
streamwise spatial shifts (Fig. A.14b). More importantly, the corresponding integral-scale in
the lateral direction will be half that in the longitudinal direction, i.e.
     1
2                                                                 A.89
Experiments in a variety of free shear flows generally support this ratio. For example,
measurements in the center of mixing-layers correspond to    0.5 (Wygnanski & Fiedler,
1970) while those in circular jets correspond to    0.45 (Wygnanski & Fiedler, 1969).
This ratio is reasonable even in NAsT flows such as that shown in Fig. A.13b. However,
typical anisotropic free-shear and boundary-layer flows tend to have a length-scale ratio that is
somewhat larger, about 2-3 (Hinze, 1975). The anisotropic aspect for the integral length-scale
will be shown to be important for particle diffusion when the particle paths are no longer
reasonably approximated by the fluid-tracer path.
Based on arguments of dimensionality, the lateral (or streamwise) length-scale for HIST
should be proportional to the Lagrangian time-scale and the turbulence intensity. One may
define a constant of proportionality as c so that:
   c u  L                                                              A.90
The parameter c has been termed the “turbulence structure parameter” since it relates all
three integral scales. Free-shear measurements have shown that c is typically in the range of
0.5-3 (Hinze, 1975), though non-uniform value of c will appear near the edges of the shear-
layers or regions where the turbulence is significantly non-homogeneous and anisotropic.
One may also expect that the integral time scales reflects the balance between turbulence
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by defining an integral time-scale coefficient which can be related to the lateral length-scale by
Eqs. A.72 and A.90:
L    3 
c                                                                         A.91
k      2 c k 3/ 2
The value of c is of order unity for most free-shear flows. For example, c0.2-0.3 is
reasonable for the grid-generated wake (Snyder & Lumley, 1971) and for pipe flows away
from the near-wall region (Oesterle & Zaichik, 2004). Similar values are reasonable for the
outer portion (y/>0.15) of a turbulence boundary layer for which the integral time-scale is
approximately constant (Hinze, 1975) as is the integral length-scale (Fig. A.13b). However,
one can expect some variation with different flow geometries as well as some sensitivity to
Reynolds numbers.
In near-wall regions, the non-homogenous nature of the flow can lead to substantial spatial
variations of c and c. For example, the inner portion (y/<0.15) of a turbulence boundary
layer is typically characterized by changes in turbulence intensity (Fig. A.10), integral time-
scale (Fig. A.13a) and length-scale (Fig. A.13b) whose combination indicates that c of Eq.
A.90 must increase rapidly for locations closer to the wall. Similarly, the integral time-scale
shown in Fig. A.13a is not linearly proportional to k/so that c not be considered a constant in
this region either.     Thus, care must be taken when using Eq. A.90 and A.91 for wall-
bounded flows.

A.5.4.        Micro-Scales and Energy Cascade in Turbulent Flows

Free-Shear Micro-scales

The Kolmogorov scales are associated with the smallest flow structures in a turbulent flow
whereby the velocity gradients are dissipated into heat through viscosity. The corresponding
Kolmogorov length-scale () and velocity scale (u) are thus defined to have a Reynolds
number of unity: Re=u/f=1. Using these characteristics, one can relate the Kolmogorov
scales to viscosity and dissipation by

      
1/ 4
  3 / 
f
A.92a

  
1/ 4
u         f                                                                 A.92b

Thus, the Kolmogorov length and velocity micro-scales act as a filter beyond which the
turbulent energy spectrum dissipates due to viscosity. These scales in turn can be used to
specify the Kolmogorov time-scale
1/ 2
  f 
                                                                       A.93
u   
Since these scales are not influenced by flow domain or large-scale structures, it is reasonable
to expect that this micro-turbulence is approximately isotropic and homogenous even for NAsT
conditions. This is Kolmogorov’s first similarity hypothesis and is applicable if the ratio of an

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integral length scale to Kolmogorov length scale is large. Based on Eqs. A.91 and A.92a, the
ratio of the length-scales is proportional to an integral scale Reynolds number (Re)

               u
4/ 3

            ~        Re                                                    A.94
                f
Thus, the disparity between these two scales increases with increasing Reynolds number,
which itself is much greater than unity for turbulent flow. Therefore, high Reynolds numbers
will yield Kolmogorov velocity and length scales that are much smaller than the
corresponding integral scales, which are typically much smaller than those of the overall flow
evolution, i.e., u«u «uD and ««D. These length scales are shown schematically in Fig.
A.15 for a particular flow where it should be noted that choice of the macroscopic domain
scale is subjective but refers to a large-scale which controls the overall flowfield changes. It
should be kept in mind that the integral and Kolmogorov scales will vary, i.e. they are
generally not uniform throughout the domain.
At high Reynolds numbers, there is a wide range of scales associated with turbulence as
shown in Fig. A.5c and A.7e. This spectrum is often analyzed in terms of the wave-number (n)
and the turbulent energy per wave number ( k  , “specific turbulent energy”). These variables
can be related to the total kinetic energy and a general wave-length as:
n  2/l
A.95a

k   k n  dn
A.95b
0

The conceptual relationship between these two parameters is shown in Fig. A.16. The largest
scales (smallest wave-numbers) are determined by the macroscopic length-scale (D), while the
most energetic structures (highest k  ) typically occur at the integral length-scale (). The
energy cascades down to the Kolmogorov length-scales, beyond which viscous dissipation
effectively filters the turbulence.
If the overall Reynolds number is high enough, the cascade of energy through successively
smaller scales gives rise to an “inertial sub-range” which exists between the integral-scales and
the micro-scales. This stems from Kolmogorov’s second similarity hypothesis whereby he
assumed a range of wavelengths in the inertial sub-range of length-scales l such that «l«.
Kolmogorov proposed that the inertial scales will be independent of the viscosity since «l,
and that the specific turbulent energy will be dependent on the local wave-number and the
overall turbulence dissipation if the cascade of energy is in equilibrium. Dimensional analysis
can thus be used to relate the proportionality of these variables for both the kinetic energy per
wave number and the kinetic energy at a given wavelength:
k ~ 2/3n 5/3 ~ 2/3l 5/3                                                   A.96a

kl  k / l ~  l   
2/3
A.96b
Thus, the turbulent energy content decreases as the wave-number becomes higher (wave-length
becomes shorter), and the inertial sub-range gives rise to the classic -5/3 slope when considered
on a log-log plot (Fig. A.16). While a formal inertial sub-range may require Reynolds number
on the order of ReD~108 or more (Tennekes & Lumley, 1972), even moderate ReD experiments

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are found to have a measured spectrum for which a portion has nearly a -5/3 slope, indicating
an inertial sub-range.
One may also define two particular turbulent length-scales in between the integral length-
scale and the Kolmogorov length-scale. The specific kinetic energy weighted by the wave-
number and normalized by the total kinetic energy yields an intermediate length-scale, linter
(Spelt & Biesheuvel, 1997):
               
1
  nk n  dn/  k n  dn                                            A.97
l in ter     0               0

This may be thought of as the length-scale which has the mean (vs. peak) kinetic energy.
Another length-scale of similar order is the Taylor micro-scale, lTaylor, which is defined by the
mean turbulent velocity gradients of Eq. A.73, which can thus be related to Kolmogorov time-
scale of Eq. A.93:

 u1 / x1 
                u  15f /   15  u   
2
l Taylor  u  /                                                                     A.98

The Taylor micro-scale can also be defined based on the curvature of the auto-correlation for
small temporal shifts (Tennekes & Lumley, 1972). In HIST with moderate Reynolds numbers,
the Taylor length-scale tends to be somewhat smaller (Poorte & Biesheuvel, 2002):
l Taylor  l int er                                                                  A.99
Since these two length-scales involve turbulent intensity (associated with integral scales) and
fluid viscosity (associated with the micro-scales), they will be bounded by the micro- and
integral-scales for high Reynolds number HIST, e.g. «lTaylor «
Unlike the large disparity in velocity and length scales noted between the macroscopic and
microscopic conditions, the turbulent time-scales are often on the order of the macroscopic
features and can even be larger. For example, turbulent pipe flows have integral time-scales
that can be approximated as L  1.2D where D is based on pipe diameter and mean speed
(Westerweel et al. 1996; Schneider & Merzkirch, 2001)Also, for the channel flow of Kulick
et al. (1994), the integral time-scale is only about three times the Kolmogorov time-scale.
Therefore, a time-scale comparison can be put forth as  <  < D.

Wall-Bounded Micro-scales

In wall-shear turbulence, the smallest scales are often characterized by the mean wall stress
in the sub-layer region, which is related to the mean shear rate and kinematic viscosity. If y is
the distance normal to the wall and the boundary surface is along the x-direction, the friction
velocity, length and time scales can be given as:

K xy,wall         u                       f               f
u fr                     f   ,               fr         ,   fr            A.100
f            y  wall                 u fr               2
u fr

The non-dimensional velocity, length, and time friction scales are therefore given as

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u           y yu fr         t  tu 2
u         , y     =     , t      fr                                    A.101
u fr        fr f          fr f
The wall-shear rate is generally linear in the laminar sub-layer which extends to a y+ of about 5,
so that in this region, the mean velocity simply equals the distance from the wall when both are
normalized, i.e. u  =y+. These “inner” scales are most appropriate close to the wall (e.g.
y+<20), while the boundary layer thickness and other “outer” scales are most appropriate in the
middle and outer edges of the boundary layer (e.g. y>0.15). The range between the inner and
outer scales can be significant, e.g., + (≡yfr) can be in the hundreds or even thousands.

A.5.5.       Time-Averaged Navier-Stokes Equations and Techniques

To understand and model the behavior of turbulent flow, it is often helpful to consider the
time-averaged transport equations. If these equations are written in terms of flow variables
which are individually time-averaged (Eq. A.67), the resulting equations are called the
Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations. This approach is especially common
for flows with constant density. For variable density flows (e.g. stratified flows or
compressible flows), a modified time-averaged approach is used whereby most of the variables
are density-weighting before they are time-averaged. This is referred to as Favre-averaging
and reduces the complexity of the averaged equations. However, both the Reynolds-averaged
and the Favre-averaged transport equations require “closure” models for solution. The
objective of the closure models is to relate the correlations based on turbulent fluctuations (e.g.,
the kinetic energy defined in Eq. A.71) to gradients of only mean flow properties to allow a
computationally efficient approach to turbulence. In the following, the Reynolds- and Favre-
averaging concepts are discussed and respectively applied to the transport equations for
constant-density flow and variable-density flow.

Reynolds-Averaged Mass and Species Transport

For the RANS approach, the unsteady velocity field is separated into steady and fluctuating
components as noted in Eq. A.68, i.e. in tensor notation
q i = qi  q
i                                                                  A.102
The time-averaging can be applied to the various continuous-phase PDEs including
conservation of mass, momentum, and energy. If we assume that the averaging is based on an
infinitesimally small control volume which is fixed in time and space we note that the spatial
and time derivatives of any property q can be written as
q q                                                                          A.103a

x x
q
0                                                                          A.103b
t

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For some flows, it is sometimes important to incorporate macroscopic unsteadiness of time-
scale D while averaging over the higher-frequency turbulence of time-scales than  and
smaller. For example, an airfoil which has a time-dependent angle change which is much
slower than that of the turbulent time-scales may satisfy the criterion: D  . In order to
separate these frequencies numerically, one may redefine the Reynolds-average as the time-
average for a flow-field which has previously been subjected to a low-pass frequency filter.
This effectively allows for macroscopic unsteadiness of the mean velocity and nullifies Eq.
A.103b. However, the remainder of §A.5.5 will neglect macroscopic unsteadiness so that Eq.
A.103b is applicable.
The Reynolds-averaged transport equations of mass, momentum and turbulence quantities
are discussed in the following. For these PDEs, the flow is assumed to have a uniform constant
density. This assumption is consistent with §A.3 and §A.4 and is most common and simplest
form of RANS. In this context, application of RANS to the instantaneous mass continuity
equation (Eq. A.29) yields zero-divergence for the time-averaged velocity, and also (by Eq.
A.102) zero-divergence for the fluctuation velocities:
u
 u  i  0
x i                                                                A.104a
u 
  u  i  0                                                              A.104b
x i
Because the resulting continuity equation for the mean flow is effectively the same as that for
incompressible steady flow, they are often solved with similar numerical techniques, e.g. the
pressure-based techniques discussed in §B.3.3.
Next consider the time-average of the species transport based on Eq. A.50b, where the
mean convective term can be broken into two terms:


   u i
      
    u i  
               u   
       
f                     A.105
x i 
i
t   x i    t   x i                      x i    x i 
Note that an unsteady term for the mean concentration (first term on the LHS) has been
retained even though it can be set as zero by Eq. A.103b. Retaining this term is thus not
needed for physical reasons, but is instead included to allow the PDE to be conveniently solved
with a time-marching scheme. In particular, one may employ a “guessed” initial concentration
field along with steady boundary conditions and integrate this PDE for long periods. In this
limit, the unsteady effects will be swept out of the computational domain resulting in a
discussed in §B.3.2.
One may note that Eq. A.105 is similar to Eq. A.50b, which is its laminar flow counterpart
equation. A key difference is that A.105 includes a term with gradients of u which   i
represents turbulent diffusion. Such diffusion is illustrated in Fig. A.17a, where eddies cause
fluids to spatially “mix” in a vertically-averaged sense (but remain separate in a local sense
since there is molecular diffusion). If the black fluid is defined by =1 and the white fluid by
=0, the vertical spatial average of the distribution in Fig. 16a can be considered analogous
to a time-average, i.e.  =½ corresponds to 50% probability of having white or back fluid at a
given vertical point or given point in time.

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If there is no mean convection ( u x  0 ) and there is a net gradient in  along the x-axis,
black fluid that moves into the pure white fluid region is associated with a movement to the left,
u  0 , and a positive perturbation to the concentration   0 . Similarly, white fluid that
x

moves into the pure black fluid region is associated with u  0 and   0 . As such both
x

types of mixing lead to u   0 , i.e. turbulent mixing is in the opposite direction of the mean
x
concentration gradient so that the gradient is reduced over time. The strength of this mixing
can be expected to be proportional to the strength of the turbulence mixing and the magnitude
of mean concentration gradient, i.e. is strongest where this gradient is largest (Fig. A.17b). A
such, one may expect that turbulent mass diffusion can be reasonably described by Fickian
diffusion (analogous to Eq. A.50b) yielding:

u    turb                                                                    A.106
x i
i

This is a heuristic model where the turbulent transport is related to the mean concentration
gradient and a turbulent diffusivity (turb). Similar to the relation of Eq. A.51 for molecular
diffusivity, this diffusivity can be related to a turbulent viscosity (turb) and a turbulent Schmidt
number (Scturb) as:
turb   turb / Scturb                                                          A.107
The turbulent Schmidt number is generally taken as 0.7 based on experiments (Faeth, 1987)
while the turbulent viscosity can be expected to be proportional to turbulence intensity.
Combining Eqs. A.105-A.107 yields the “pseudo-unsteady” turbulent mass transport:

    u i             f  turb      
                                                                      A.108
t   x i       x i      Sc Sc turb
                x i 

This expression shows that the turbulent and molecular diffusion are both proportional to
concentration gradient and have a similar form. For most regions in turbulent flows, the
turbulent diffusion typically dominates laminar diffusion, so that f can sometimes be ignored
with respect to  distribution. However, it should be noted turbulence that can not cause any
local mixing of the instantaneous , which is instead controlled by molecular diffusion and the
instantaneous gradients in  (based on Eq. A.50b).
As an example of the difference between diffusion in laminar flows and turbulent flows,
consider the diffusion of miscible cream on top of coffee. Assume that both liquids have the
same density and the initial condition is a horizontal interface, e.g. with the cream on the top
and the coffee below (Fig. A.18). As shown on the LHS of Fig. A.18, if the flow in the cup is
stirred at a low speed such that the flow remains laminar with no instabilities or eddies. In this
case, molecular diffusion (associated with Θf) acts along the horizontal mixture region only
which will require a long before the two liquids are homogeneously mixed. However, higher
stirring speeds can cause the flow to be turbulent as shown on RHS of Fig. A.18. This creates
a cascade of vortices through which the interface between the two liquids is rapidly stretched,
convoluted and distributed throughout the domain. This mixing associated with Θturb causes
the regions with only pure back or pure white regions to be broken up into many small such
regions. As a result, molecular mixing only has to occur over very short distances to mix these
regions and can operate simultaneously throughout the domain. Therefore, mixing in turbulent
flow can be considered to be a two-stage process:

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1) eddy-mixing whereby a wide range of vortex structures causes pockets of high and low
concentration to be transported stretched, convoluted and distorted at integral scales, so
as to yield a large amount of interfacial area with high concentration gradients,
2) molecular diffusion whereby the high concentration gradients and high interfacial areas
lead to rapid local molecular mixing (associated with f) at small scales.
As a result, the turbulent fluid will be fully mixed must faster than that for laminar flow where
the molecular diffusion alone is limited to operate in a horizontal region initially with typically

Favre-Averaged Mass and Species Transport

As mentioned above, Favre-averaging employs a density-weighting to simplify the overall
PDE equations when the density can no longer be considered a constant. The density-weighted
time-average (i.e., the Favre-average) for a property q is defined as
q
q f                                                                       A.109
f
Using this notation, an arbitrary property may be decomposed in terms of mean and fluctuating
components as
q  q  q                                                                    A.110
Favre averaging has the same properties given in Eq. A.103 and also leads to the identities:
q  f q /   0                                                         A.111a
qq                                                                     A.111b
The relationship between density-weighted average and the time-averaged can be obtained by
combining the above Favre-averaging properties with Eq. A.102:
q  q  q  q  q / f  q  q
f                                                          A.112
Therefore, the difference between time-averaged quantities and Favre-averaged quantities is
related to the density fluctuations.
Applying the Reynolds- and Favre- averaging to the variable-density mass transport PDE
(Eq. A.5a and A.44a), yields the following two PDEs (again retaining the unsteady terms for
the pseudo-unsteady formulation as discussed with Eq. A.105:
f   f u j      uj
            
f

t     x           x                                                 A.113a
j          j

f   f u j                                                          A.113b
            0
t      x j
While both equations are simple, the Reynolds-average formulation for variable density
includes a fluctuating correlation on the RHS which requires turbulence modeling. In
comparison, the Favre-formulation for mean mass conservation does not include this term and
thus is more straightforward to solve. Application of Favre-averaging to the concentration
transport Eq. of A.50a yields:

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  f k                  
t     x i
          
f k u i              
f ,k   f k 
x i                                          A.114

This is again simpler than its Reynolds-averaged counterpart, which would contain additional
correlations based on density fluctuations. Such simplifications are the primary reason for the
Favre-averaging popularity for stratified flows, where the fluid is considered incompressible
but has variable density. Examples of such low-speed flows (with small Mach number)
include a gas jet exhausting into a lower density gas or mixing of oceanic salinity currents.
Additional details of the time-averaged equations for variable density flows with effects of
compressibility are discussed by Rodi (1980) and Speziale et al. (1991).

Time-Averaged Momentum Transport and the Assumption of Boussinesq

For the momentum transport of Eqs. A.6 and A.8, the “pseudo-unsteady” formulations for
constant-density Reynolds averaging and for variable-density Favre-averaging are given by:
u
f i   f u i
u j
 f g i 
p
      f        
i 
   u i u j   f uuj 


A.115a
t         x j            x i x j   x j x i 
          x j    
                        
  f u i          f u i u j          u u j 2
p                             
                       f g i 
 f  i       3   u k   f uu j  A.115b
t         x j                          x j x i
x i x j                 i
                                       

The RHS of these equations includes effects of gravitational forces, pressure gradients, mean
viscous stress and a final term which is based on a correlation of the velocity fluctuations
multiplied by the density, e.g. f uuj . This tensor is often referred to as the “turbulent stress”
i

or the “Reynolds stress” and has units of force per unit area. The diagonal velocity
components of this tensor (i=j), contain the turbulent kinetic energy as shown by Eq. A.74b.
The off-diagonal velocity components (i≠j) are responsible for turbulent transport much in the
same way as u (of Eqs. A.105 & A.106) was responsible for turbulent mass transport.
i
The importance of the off-diagonal components of the Reynolds stress for transporting
momentum can be illustrated by an incompressible 2-D shear flow layer with mean flow in the
x-direction, as shown in Fig. A.19. In this schematic, one may note that an upward turbulent
fluctuation (associated with u y >0) will tend to move low-speed fluid into the high-speed
(where it will be associated with u x <0). Similarly, a downward fluctuation velocity will tend
to entrain high-speed fluid from above and so will be associated with u y <0 and u x >0. Thus
both scenarios transfer momentum via u u <0 and require a gradient in the mean velocity.
x y

The transfer is the reason for the downstream thickening of a boundary layer (Fig. A.8b), a
shear-layer (Fig. A.5c), a jet, or a wake. Note that flows with no mean velocity gradient will
not have this correlation, u u =0, and will also not have a mean turbulent transport of
x y

momentum
There are two principle approaches to model the velocity correlation in terms of mean
flowfield properties: turbulent viscosity models and Reynolds stress models. The first
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whereby turbulent momentum transport is related to turbulent viscosity and mean velocity
gradients so that the time-averaged and Favre-averaged versions of the turbulent stress tensor
are given by:
 u u j  2
f uuj  K   turb  i             k
 x j x i  3 f ij
A.116a
i        ij                     
           
 u u j 2 u k  2
f uu  K   turb  i                    k
i j      ij            x j x i 3 ij x k  3 f ij
                            A.116b
                     
This relationship employs the Kronecker delta of Eq. A.10 and is analogous to the diffusion of
momentum in laminar flow (Eq. A.9). It is also similar to Eqs. A.106 and A.108 whereby
turbulent mass transport is related to turbulent viscosity and mean concentration gradients. For
algebraic turbulence models, the kinetic energy is not computed explicitly so that the last term
on the RHS of these two formulations is often neglected. In this case, it can be seen that mean
velocity gradients are needed to produce a turbulent Reynolds stress. Note that the more
commonly used two-equation turbulence models include a transport PDE of kinetic energy so
that the last RHS term of these two equations is retained. Note that the kinetic energy in the
Favre-formulation is defined as:
k  1 uu
2 i i
A.117
This is the counterpart of the Reynolds-averaged kinetic energy given by Eq. A.71.
Substituting the turbulent viscosity model into the incompressible RANS momentum
equation of A.115a yields
u       u i u j    p                                    u u j  2           
f i  f                   f g i         f   turb   i          f kij 
 x j x i  3           A.118
t      x j       x i            x j 
                                       

Therefore, the Boussinesq assumption effectively assumes that the laminar and turbulent
momentum transport have the same form.
It is instructive to consider the limit of Eq. A.118 for isotropic turbulence with no mean
velocity gradients so that the empirical Boussinesq assumption can be removed. While such a
condition is not common (since mean velocity gradients are generally needed to produce
turbulence), it highlights the role of the turbulent stresses. If one neglects the hydrostatic
p      2 k
  f                                                                             A.119
x i     3 x i
This result is similar to the balance of pressure and viscous stresses of Eq. A.63 for creeping
flow, and indicates gradients in the kinetic energy (non-homogenous turbulence) will yield a
mean pressure gradient. This equation also indicates that turbulence does not affect the fluid
momentum for the idealized condition of HIST.
Another interesting limit is that of very high Reynolds numbers. Since turbulence is often
a result of essentially inviscid instabilities and since the turbulent viscosity will generally
dominate the laminar viscosity, there is a temptation to remove f from Eq. A.118. However,
viscous effects become on the order of convective effects in small localized regions, and these
in turn influence the overall fluid dynamics. For example, wall-bounded flows generally yield
high velocity gradients near the surface which, in turn, dictates the wall shear-stress magnitude
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when boundary layer separation occurs over a body, which in turn can modify the overall
pressure distributions and the surrounding flow-field. In a pipe flow, the Reynolds number
determines the mean wall-shear skin friction (Fig. A.6) and thus axial pressure drop. Even if
there is no wall-surface in the flow domain (e.g. a jet, a mixing layer, or a wake flow), the
dissipation of vorticity and kinetic energy is directly controlled by viscosity.
To employ the above equations, a model for the turbulent viscosity is needed to “close” the
equations as discussed in the following section. However, it is important to note that Eqs.
A.106 and A.116 are empirical approximations since the Boussinesq assumption does not
theoretically arise from the Navier-Stokes equations. In fact, Tennekes & Lumley (1972)
referred to the concept of eddy viscosity as the “gradient-transport fallacy” because turbulence
generally involves complex development from one region to another. As such, models of
turbulent viscosity are ultimately a “necessary evil” to provide closure to the time-averaged
momentum equations.

A.5.6.     Techniques for Closing the Turbulence Equations

For closure of the mean momentum equations, it can be seen that models are needed for the
Reynolds stress given in Eq. A.116. There are two main types of models: 1) “turbulent
viscosity” whereby models are employed for the terms on the RHS of Eq. A.116a and A.116b
and 2) Reynolds stress models whereby the velocity correlation tensor is modeled directly.
Turbulent viscosity models are more common, but both of these approaches require
consideration of turbulence characteristics as discussed below.
Turbulent viscosity models seek to relate the turbulent mixing characteristics to mean
flowfield properties. This can be accomplished in several ways, the simplest of which is the
mixing-length models. These are essentially algebraic relationships based on empirical
coefficients and mean velocity gradients and include Prandtl, Cebeci-Smith, and Baldwin-
Lomax formulations (Chung, 2002). However, these algebraic formulations assume that the
turbulent shear stress is only a function of the local mean velocity gradients. This can be a
severe limitation in many flows. For example, consider turbulence generated by a screen or
grid in a channel of constant cross section. Away from the wall boundary layers, the mean
velocity will be approximately uniform and the turbulence slowly decays as the flow moves
downstream. However, the lack of mean velocity gradients is a problem for algebraic
turbulence models since Eq. A.116 does not allow prediction of turbulence nor of its decay
because such models do not include a transport PDE for the turbulent kinetic energy. Models
which do have such turbulent transport PDEs (and so can handle grid-generated turbulent
decay) include the so-called one-equation and two-equation turbulence models discussed in
this section. A well-known one-equation transport formulation is the Spalart-Allmaras (1994)
method. However, two-equation techniques are the most commonly used. This is particularly
true for two-phase flows because they provide both a length and time-scale of the local
turbulence, which are needed to model turbulent diffusion of particles as discussed in §3.5.3.
The three most common two-equation approaches are the k- (which often gives good
performance for free-shear flows), the k- formulations (which often gives good performance
for boundary-layer flows), and the Shear-Stress Transport (SST) model which employs the k-
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between (Menter, 1993). All three approaches are similar and can provide information needed
for turbulent length- and time-scales. Herein, we will discuss the k- approach (Launder &
Spalding, 1972) as it is the simplest of the two-equation models and perhaps the most common
for multiphase flows. For constant density flows, this approach approximates the turbulent
viscosity in terms of the local kinetic energy (Eq. A.71) and dissipation (Eq. A.73) as follows:
t  f turb  f c k 2 /                                                  A.120
This form introduces an empirical eddy-viscosity constant (c) generally taken as 0.09. Using
Eqs. A.106 and A.107, the concentration–velocity correlation can be related to the turbulence
properties and the mean concentration gradient as:
       c k 2 
u  turb                                                               A.121
x i    Scturb  x i
i

For variable-density flows, the turbulent viscosity is approximated similar to Eq. A.120:
turb  f  turb  cf k 2 /                                               A.122
The variable-density version of Eq. A.116b similarly employs the Favre-averaged kinetic
energy defined by Eq. A.117 and Favre-averaged dissipation defined by:
u u
f   f   f      i    i
A.123
x j x j
This is the mean dissipation per unit volume and is the counterpart of Eq. A.73. To complete
the k- formulation, transport equations are needed for the kinetic energy and dissipation.
To obtain a PDE for the kinetic energy for incompressible flow, one may take the dot
product of ui and Eq. A.54 and time-average the result. This provides a Reynolds-averaged
transport equation for the turbulent kinetic energy:
k      k            u j         k 1               1    
 ui       uuj              f    2 uujuj  up 
t      x i          x i x i     x i               
i                              i         i
 IV            A.124
I                II                    III
This equation represents the balance of four aspects of the turbulence. The LHS of this
equation (I) represents the change in turbulent kinetic energy along the average continuous-
phase path (i.e. mean convection) and includes the unsteady terms to allow a “pseudo-
unsteady” formulation. The first term on the RHS (II) is the production term, whereby it can
be seen that the turbulence generation occurs in regions of mean shear. The second term (III)
is the diffusion of the turbulence (and includes sub-terms associated with molecular diffusion,
turbulent diffusion, and pressure diffusion). The last term (IV) is the turbulent viscous
dissipation as defined in Eq. A.73. The production term (associated with mean shear) is
dominant at the lower frequencies while the dissipation term (associated with instantaneous
shear) is dominant at the higher frequencies. A balance occurs at intermediate wave-numbers
based on the inertial sub-range (Eq. A.96). The resulting cascade of turbulent energy is shown
in Fig. A.16. Note that the degree of separation for D,  and  is a function of the domain
geometry and domain Reynolds number. A similar transport equation can be obtained for
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Note that the introduction of a transport equation for the kinetic energy has introduced
further turbulence correlations which in turn need to be closed. As such, further empirical
relations are needed. A typical set of incompressible k- transport equations obtained with
some terms modeled and some terms neglected (Shyy et al. 1997) is given by:

k      k K u j                            k 
 ui                       f   turb       
ij
A.125a
t      x i f x i x i                      x i 
       1.44         u                   turb           2
 ui               j            f                    1.92
x i x i             1.3  x i 
K ij                                                                     A.125b
t      x i   f k                                                k
For the RHS terms of these two equations, the first term represents production and employs Eq.
A.116a, the second term represents diffusion and the third term represents dissipation. Note
that the pressure fluctuation term is often neglected since it is difficult and controversial to
model. However, some formulations for this term are discussed by Chung (2002).
The variable-density kinetic energy and dissipation PDEs can be similarly obtained starting
with Eq. A.6a and assuming weak correlations between the viscosity and mean velocity
fluctuations and neglect the pressure fluctuation term. Both of these assumptions are
reasonable unless the flow is supersonic. Using the notation of Eq. A.116b, the PDEs become:

      u k   K u
 f k                                   p                                k 
 u           f   f   turb 
f   i
                                     f 
j

t         x i             x i     x i x i                          x i 
ij            i
A.126a
  f     f u i               u j         p 
                1.44  K        u       
t          x i                     x i        x i 
ij          i
k
                                 2      A.126b
 f            f   f  turb        1.92f
x i              1.3  x i           k
These equations include a new production term based on pressure gradient (second term on
each RHS) which is related to pressure work. The pressure gradient is multiplied by a time-
average of the Favre-perturbation which can be related to the density correlations using Eq.
A.112 and then modeled by the density gradients using A.121:
     c k 2 f
u  ui  u i  u / f  turb f   f                                   A.127
x i  Scturb  x i
i                i f

Note that this term is identically zero for constant density flows. The remainder of each RHS
includes diffusion terms (positive) and a dissipation term (negative).
An important benefit of the k- formulation is that it can be used to specify turbulent length
and time-scales which are useful in multiphase turbulent dispersion. For example, Gosman &
Ioannides (1981) define the turbulent mixing length as:

mix  c3/4k3/21  turbc1/4k 1/2
                                                                                    A.128
This mixing length is proportional to the integral-length scale by a constant (c) which, in turn,
can be approximated by the other integral-scale constants of Eqs. A.90 and A.91:
   mix  c  5cc                                                                      A.129

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This constant should be on the order unity from dimensional arguments, and a typical value of
c1.3 is obtained for the wake flow of Snyder & Lumley (1971) if one relates kinetic energy
and dissipation to integral length-scales. Within a wall-bounded boundary layer, Eqs. A.126
and A.127 require modification and the mixing length in this region is related to the
perpendicular distance to the wall (White, 1991):

            
 mix  0.41y wall 1  exp  y / 25 
wall                                         A.129X
In this expression 0.41 is the von Karman constant and 25 is a constant for flat-plate flow.
Based on the above, the turbulent stress tensors of Eq. A.116 can now be written entirely in
terms of the mean velocity, pressure, kinetic energy, and dissipation (as well as mean density
and viscosity for stratified flows). As such, this represents closure of the continuity and
momentum conservation. However, this closure of the equations is based on empirical
coefficients (c, Scturb, 1.44, 1.92) that have been obtained by calibration with experimental
data and are not universal. In general, they tend to allow a reasonable description of the mean
velocity for free-shear flows and attached boundary layers but only qualitative descriptions of
the k and , and are particularly troublesome in flow separation regions (Shyy et al. 1997).
Furthermore, the k- formulation cannot predict the anisotropic aspects of turbulence, which
are known to occur in many flows (e.g. near the wall Fig. A.10). To capture such behavior,
Reynolds-stress models must be used instead.
Reynolds stress models avoid the problems associated with defining a turbulent viscosity,
i.e. the RHS models of Eq. A.116 are not needed. Instead transport equations are employed for
all the components of the turbulent stress tensor. Since the velocity correlation is a symmetric
tensor, this leads to six independent transport equations for the different components in a 3-D
flow. The time-averaged PDE for these components can be given in terms of the mean
transport (LHS) and production, diffusion and dissipation terms (RHS) in a “pseudo-unsteady”
formulation:

 uuj           uuj              u i        u j  1  u uj 
 uk                uju       uu        p        
i                i                                            i
t              x k                 x k        x k    x j x i 
k         i k
                                       
A.130
   uuj                                                 u uj 
       f
x k 
i

x k
1

            
 uuju  pu jk  pujik   2 f       i         
 x k x k 
i    k      i
                                         
                        
Additional transport equations can be written for the tensor dissipation terms, and other terms
such as the triple velocity correlation, the pressure terms, etc. However, this only creates
additional correlations which further complicate the closure problem since empirical modeling
is eventually needed for all the remaining turbulent correlations. Even without additional
transport equations, Eq. A.130 requires more terms to be modeled (thus more empirical
constants to be introduced and calibrated or estimated) than that for isotropic k- transport (e.g.
Eq. A.125). The increased empiricism of the Reynolds-stress transport approach tends to
hinder its robustness so that the predicted anisotropy may only be qualitative. As such, many
researchers feel that the increased complexity of the Reynolds-stress model is not worth the
extra computational expense of solving more transport equations. If computational expense is
not a critical issue and a more accurate approach is desired, one can employ resolution of some
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A.5.7.       Fully-Resolved and Partially-Resolved Techniques

To incorporate turbulent dispersion physics, improve velocity field predictions, and reduce
empiricism associated with RANS modeling, one may choose to instead resolve all of the
turbulent features and scales. This simply entails use of the un-averaged Navier-Stokes
equations and is generally termed Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS), for which the resulting
flow can be three-dimensional and unsteady (e.g. Fig. A.8a). The DNS approach can be used
for laminar, transitional and turbulent flows. However, its computational cost can become
excessive even at modest Reynolds number (§4.3.1 and Fig. 4.21). Therefore, intermediate
approaches which a significant portion of the turbulent scales have become popular for
engineering simulations. Such “partially-resolved” approaches aim to simulate the dynamics
of the larger eddies which contain the majority of the turbulent energy, whereas the smaller
fine scales are modeled is an empirical manner. The most common of these is the Large Eddy
Simulation (LES) approach. A schematic comparison of DNS, LES and RANS is shown in Fig.
A.16, where it can be seen that DNS resolves the full spectrum of turbulent scales while LES
resolves the portion of the spectrum that has the majority of the kinetic energy. Finally, RANS
does not resolve any of the spectrum, but simply represents the turbulence in terms of a single
integral-scale mixing length. The LES technique and other partially-resolved techniques such
as hybrid RANS/LES and Proper Orthogonal Decomposition treatments, are discussed in the
next sub-sections.

Large-Eddy Simulations

Simulations which resolve some of the individual spatio-temporal features of the turbulent
eddy structures will be considered herein as “partially-resolved”. This category primarily
includes LES where the turbulence is only resolved up to some cut-off wave number of
unfiltered solution (1/G), beyond which a sub-grid-scale turbulence model is employed. Note
that in all the partially-averaged techniques, the emphasis is on resolving some form of the
larger-scale eddy structures while those at the Kolmogorov scale are always filtered out.
For LES, the governing equations are obtained by a low-pass spatial filtering of the Navier-
Stokes equations such that all the velocity components are separated into their resolved
(unfiltered) and unresolved (filtered) components. The spatial-averaged value of any flow
variable (q) can be defined as a transfer from unfiltered space ( x ) to the filtered space (x):

q  x    G  x, x  q  x  dx                                            A.131

Here G is the filter function whose integral at any point is unity and can have Gaussian, Fourier,
or Box functions. The latter is defined as a sharp cut-off in terms of the filter width (G):
1/ G if |x  x|  G / 2
G(x)                                                                           A.132
 0       if |x  x>G / 2
A common prescription for the filter-width is to set it equal to the discretization length-scale
(Garnier et al. 2002):
G                                                                         A.133

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Ideally the spatial filtering is applied at sufficiently small-scales with high-order spatial
discretization so that it occurs within the inertial sub-range so that the modeled turbulence is
nearly homogeneous and isotropic. However, there may be practical limitations to increasing
the resolution since solving the unsteady and three-dimensional LES flow is much more
computationally intensive than solving a steady two-dimensional RANS flow.
Use of the box filter is convenient as it yields u  0 so that the spatial-averaging is similar
i
to the time-averaging, i.e.
ui u j  ui u j  uuj
i                                                           A.134
If one interprets uuj as the unresolved (sub-grid) Reynolds stress, the LES governing
i

equations will be the same as that for the “pseudo-unsteady” formulation of RANS. For
example, Eqs. A.113, A.115b, A.116b and A.126 can be considered as LES variable density
transport PDEs. For many other LES filters, u  0 and u  u , giving rise to additional terms
i
in the LES transport equations. However, these terms can be expressed in terms of the
resolved flowfield so that they do not require empirical relations (Chung, 2002).
The last terms on the RHS of Eq. A.115b become the sub-grid turbulent stress tensor for an
LES formulation for incompressible or compressible flow. As with the similar term which
arises in RANS, it can be modeled in a variety of ways. In free-shear flows, it is sometimes
ignored altogether (e.g. MILES and VLES techniques) since the resolved-scales dominate and
the effect of non-linear spatial schemes tend to mask its effect anyway (Yan et al. 2002).
However, this term must be modeled for wall-bounded LES flows, and this is done with a
Smagorinsky sub-grid stress model based on a sub-grid turbulent viscosity ():
 u u j  ij
uuj     i          u u                                         A.135a
x i x i  3
i                            k k

1  u i u j  u i u j 
   c G
2 2
                                                      A.135b
2  x j x i  x j x i 
                      
In these equations, G is the filter length-scale and c is the Smagorinsky sub-grid constant,
with typical values ranging 0.2 (Piomelli, 1997) to 0.065 (Urbin & Knight (2001) for free-shear
flows. This is effectively an algebraic model for the sub-grid stresses. To improve accuracy,
the sub-grid kinetic energy (k) can be modeled with a one-equation transport like Eq. A.125a.
In this case, the sub-grid turbulent viscosity can be obtained by assuming that the sub-grid
mixing length is proportional to the filter-scale by a constant (Yoshizawa & Horiuti, 1985):
  ck k  G  0.05 k  G                                                   A.136
The turbulent dissipation can be similarly modeled as
     k 3/ 2 /  G
                                                                   A.137
This indicates that all the turbulent dissipation for LES takes place at the sub-grid-scales.
However, the total turbulent kinetic energy is the sum of the resolved and sub-grid quantities:
k  k   k res                                                                 A.138
The resolved kinetic energy can be obtained by taking a time-average of the unsteady resolved
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Near the wall-region, a RANS-type wall-damping function can be employed as a function
of y+ (defined in Eq. A.101) so that the turbulent viscosity is zero in the sub-layer. This can be
implemented by modifying the sub-grid stress constant, about


2
 0.4y wall                     3 
c  min 0.2,                        
1  exp  y  / 25  


A.139

     G                                
This equation includes the von K rm n constant (0.4) and a damping constant (25) and reverts
to the free-shear value far away from the wall (Balaras et al. 1996). More sophisticated sub-
grid stress models are discussed by Piomelli (1997) and Chung (2002) including Favre-
averaged formulations (to include density fluctuations) and dynamic sub-grid models (whereby
c is a function of the resolved velocity gradients). However, Urbin & Knight (2001) showed
that the effect of the sub-grid model is often weak and may even be neglected altogether when
non-linear schemes are used to stabilize the temporal integration. This is because laminar
viscosity is important in near-wall regions while outer regions are primarily controlled by
inviscid instabilities.

Hybrid RANS/LES Approaches

Several hybrid RANS/LES approaches have emerged which intend to treat the separated
flow regions with an LES approach while treating the attached flow regions with a RANS
approach. Perhaps the most common of these is the Detached Eddy Simulation methodology
(DES) developed by Spalart et al. (1997). The basic concept was to allow for a one-equation
RANS treatment in the attached boundary layer regions (where the approach is reasonably
robust and where LES would be prohibitively expensive computation-wise) and LES treatment
in the separated and free-shear flow regions (where LES is reasonable and generally quite
accurate). This blending is achieved by modifying the wall-distance to spatially separate the
RANS and LES regions:
ywall,DES  min  cDES, ywall                                               A.140
Typical values for cDES are 0.65 or less. In near-wall regions, ywall,DES becomes the physical
wall distance so will be governed by RANS-based turbulence model. In regions far from the
wall, ywall,DES approaches a constant so that the turbulent equations yield a Smagorinsky-type
viscosity. While the LES and DES equations share similarities, a key difference is that the
LES grid resolution in the boundary layer region must be very fine to resolve boundary layer
structures (e.g. Fig. A.8a), while DES grid resolution in the attached boundary layer must be
intentionally coarser so that region will be described with a RANS approach (e.g. Fig. A.8b).
An example of a DES computation is shown in Fig. A.20 for flow over a cylinder. Turbulent
structures associated with the separated wake region (ywall»Δ) are three-dimensional and
unsteady while the attached boundary layer region is RANS-like (steady and two-dimensional).
One problem with the one-equation DES method is that it does not provides independent
transport variables for turbulence intensity and turbulence dissipation. This can be a problem
for multi-phase flows which require both properties (i.e. both a length-scale and a time-scale of
the turbulence) and can be solved by using a two-equation hybrid model. Such a hybrid model
has been developed by Nichols & Nelson (2003) based on the SST scheme, which was noted to
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model produces both resolved and sub-grid (unresolved) turbulence which together mimic the
actual turbulence, i.e.
k = k res + k hy                                                              A.141
For RANS regions, the flow is steady (kres=0) and the hybrid model should represent the
RANS turbulence (khy=kRANS). For LES regions, the flow is three-dimensional and unsteady
so that most of the kinetic energy is resolved (kres»k) and the hybrid model represents the sub-
grid turbulence (khy=k). For the Nichols-Nelson model, the conventional SST equations are
used with the mean/resolved flow field to determine the RANS-scale turbulent properties of
kRANS, RANS, RANS, and RANS. The large-scale length scale is based on the mean/resolved
vorticity  as:

 RANS  max 6.0  RANS /, k 3/2 /ε RANS
RANS                                           A.142
This length-scale is used along with the sub-grid length-scale (, defined by Eq. A.139) to
compute the hybrid turbulent kinetic energy:
k hy     1
               RANS 4/3    2 4/3  

= 1  tanh                              4/3                  A.143
   RANS    2 
4/3
k RANS 2 
                                          

The hybrid eddy viscosity can then be calculated using
 hy   RANS  k hy k RANS   1   k hy k RANS    
                                       A.144a


   min c hy  k hy ,  RANS                                               A.144b
The quantity chy determines the transition between RANS and LES behavior is similar to ck in
Eq. A.136 and is taken as 0.0854 by Nichols & Nelson (2003). This hybrid turbulent viscosity
(hy) is then applied to model the Reynolds stress for the mean/resolved mass and momentum
flow equations. However, there is only one version of the turbulent dissipation (RANS=hy)
since dissipation is assumed to take place at the smallest scales (res=0). For the RANS portion
of the spectrum, this hybrid model behaves like a standard SST model and subsequently
transitions to a non-linear k-equation model in the LES portion. Sample turbulence predictions
for this hybrid approach are shown in Fig. A.21, which reasonably reproduces Eq. A.141.

Proper Orthogonal Decomposition

Another partially-averaged technique which is designed predict the primary of the spatio-
temporal features is Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD). In this approach, the
turbulence is decomposed into a set of fundamental modes which can evolve. These
simulations employ a low-order construction of the turbulent flow-field typically using spectral
or pseudo-spectral functions (Joia et al. 1997) which are tracked in time as 3-D dynamical
features. As such, they tend to employ a more modest number of degrees of freedom
(compared LES) while simulating the large-scale non-linear flow physics. Unfortunately, POD
models typically require input from a detailed realization (experiment or simulation) in order to
solve for the best fit of their lower-order dynamical system. Thus, they are empirical in the
sense that they cannot quantitatively self-determine the continuous-flow vortex structures for a
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as the flow evolves for long times. However, once a POD is constructed for a particular flow it
can be reasonably rendered many times to test the transport of a variety of particle conditions
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Appendix B: Single-Phase Flow Discretization Techniques
Herein we consider computational methodologies for single-phase flow. These continuous-
phase methodologies can be used directly for particle flows with one-way coupling but should
be modified for two- and three-way coupling with appropriate sink and source terms as
discussed in Chapters 7 and 8. We will limit our discussion of single-phase numerical methods
to the most common and/or simplest approaches for the sake of brevity. The reader is referred
to the texts focused on computational fluid dynamics for a more in depth discussion, e.g. Oran
& Boris (1987), Hirsch (1988), Anderson (1995), Anderson et al. (1997), and Chung (2002).
Throughout this appendix, there will be comments on numerical techniques appropriate for
certain flow regimes (incompressible flow, compressible flow, turbulent flow, etc.) for which
PDEs and equations of state were outlined in Appendix A. With respect to the reference frame
of the continuous-phase, the primary choices include Eulerian, Lagrangian and the Arbitrary
Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) approach. With respect to spatial discretization, the primary
choices are local or global discretization. For local discretization, the domain is broken up into
many smaller discrete volumes; for global discretization, the domain is decomposed into a
range of wavelengths. The Eulerian local discretization approach is the most commonly used
due to its simplicity and efficiency, and herein will be the primary focus. The associated grids
and variable distributions for this approach are discussed in the next section.

B.1. Computational Grids and Local Shape-Functions
Grid Types and Shapes

The organization of the computational nodes and volumes in an Eulerian reference frame
for multi-dimensional problems can generally be categorized into three types of grids:
structured grids, unstructured grids and hybrid grids (some regions structured and some regions
unstructured as shown in Fig. B.1). Structured grids in their simplest form have edges that fall
along physical or computational coordinate lines. For example, Cartesian meshes can have
rectangular elements in 2-D (Fig. B.1) and hexahedron (“brick”) cells in 3-D (Fig. B.2a). The
grid lines can also be curved to accommodate non-orthogonal computational domain
boundaries. Structured grids allow direct indicial means of numerical communication along
gridlines, i.e. predictable i,j,k indices along physical boundaries and principal directions. This
allows significant numerical efficiency for many numerical methods in terms of CPU cost per
cell. The simplified grid connectivity and geometry also allows the more straightforward
Finite-Difference approach to be employed.
Structured grids discretized along coordinate systems are associated with specific spatial
resolutions. For 3-D Cartesian grids these are given by side lengths of a brick (x, y, and z)
which are equal for an isotropic grid. Increasing grid resolution is often desirable but will
increase the computational cost. For example, reducing grid scales in each direction by a
factor of two will increase the number of elements in a 3-D domain by about eight-fold.
Furthermore, the time-step size tends to scale with grid length-scale (to be discussed in §B.3.2)
so that the number of time-steps for a given time will double indicating the total number of
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controlling computational resources for practical applications and ensuring independence on
spatial and temporal resolution. This issue becomes paramount when selecting a numerical
technique since each scheme has different grid resolution requirements for satisfying this
independence. If the domain has regions which require much higher physical resolution than
others (e.g. shock waves) or is geometrically complex, then structured grids can become
inefficient because it is difficult to localize such resolution increases and there can be difficulty
of grid generation for complex boundaries.
Conversely, unstructured grids do not use grid lines and instead the domain is discretized
one element at a time, typically starting from boundaries where grid resolution is specified.
They can allow local resolution of features as they are not constrained by grid line connectivity.
They are often composed of triangular elements in 2-D can be composed of tetrahedral
elements in 3-D (or the other shapes in Fig. B.2) each of which can readily adapt to complex
domains. Because of these attributes, unstructured grids are becoming increasingly important
in computational fluid dynamics. However, typical unstructured grid elements are not as
accurate in regions where grid aspect ratios are very large, e.g. boundary layers. In such cases,
hybrid grids (Fig. B.1) which utilize regions of both structured and unstructured cells allow for
the benefits of both types of grids.
However, a downside of both hybrid and unstructured grids is that the lack of grid lines
typically increases the computational time per node. Thus, they may be inappropriate for
simple geometries for which there is no significant saving in the total number of elements
compared to structured grids. Additionally, unstructured and hybrid grids do not allow
implementation of third-order or higher spatial discretization schemes which can be beneficial
for flows with a wide range of structures, e.g. direct simulation of turbulence. Therefore, there
are many conditions for which a simple structured grid is appropriate.

Shape Functions

If a computational domain is discretized into a finite number of nodes, the flow variables at
these nodes can be used to interpolate the flow variables at all other parts of the domain.
Discrete computational methods use shape functions to describe the variations within the
computational domain. Often, the shape functions can be defined “locally” (within a single
element) as a summation:
N
q  x  =  q i  i  xi , x                                                    B.1
i 1

In this equation, q represents the field variable, qi are the discrete values of this variable
(unknowns),  i are the shape (or trial) functions, and N is the number of nodes for a single
element where the discrete values are stored. For example, N=2 for a linear one-dimensional
element. In some cases, the discrete values are stored at cell centers so that N is the number
of cells which border each other. If there is only one field property to be solved, e.g. stream
function, then q is a single scalar field. However, in general the unknowns can represent
multiple fields, i.e. density, three components of velocity and energy.

To overview shape functions, it is helpful to first consider their general characteristics. For
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N
B.2a

i 1
i   1              for cell conservation

 i (x j )  ij          for nodal identity                                    B.2b
In these equations, N is the number of shape functions (and nodes) for an individual element,
xj are the node coordinates, and ij is the Kronecker delta defined in Eq. A.10. Many
computational approaches assume linear shape functions as they are reasonably straightforward
to implement. Figure B.3a shows a 1-D domain with two nodes per element. The grid spacing
and a dimensionless coordinate distance (x*) may be defined from the local coordinates as:
x*   x 2  x  /  x 2  x1    x 2  x  / x                              B.3
Applying, Eqs. B.2a and B.2b to this element yields two linear shape functions which happen
to represent the non-dimensional sub-tended length defined by x and the opposing node:
1  x *                                                                        B.4a
2  1  x *                                                                    B.4b
This result combined with Eq. B.1 recovers the nodal values at x*=0 and x*=1 and in between
yields a linear interpolation, e.g. the pressure half-way between two nodes is given by
 N                        
 p= pi i  p11  p 2 2                     p1  p2 
1
2                                  B.5
 i 1                       x*=1/2
To allow second-order polynomial variations within a cell, one may use quadratic elements.
Such a 1-D element requires three nodes per element and is shown in Fig. B.3b. The quadratic
shape functions are determined based on Eq. B.2 and the three local coordinates as:
x*   x 3  x  /  x 3  x1                                                  B.6a
1   2x * 1 x * 1 ,                                                      B.6b
 2  4 1  x * x *                                                           B.6c
 3   2x * 1 x *                                                            B.6d
Additional nodes can be added for higher-order elements. An alternative method to increase
the order of the element, which does not require adding nodes, is to store both the values and
their derivatives at the nodes.
For two-dimensional elements, the linear shape function for each node can be obtained by
defining a subtended area based on the opposing node as shown in Fig. B.4a-b. The shape
functions are then simply these areas normalized by the total element area:
 i =A i /A   A *
i                                                            B.7
Note that the element area of a triangle can be given in terms of the local nodal locations as

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1 x1        y1
1                    1
A  1 x 2        y2       x 2 y3  x 3 y 2  x1y3  x 3 y1  x1y 2  x 2 y1    B.8
2                    2
1 x3        y3

The opposing triangular area for a given node can then be simply obtained by replacing the
associated nodal coordinate with the interior nodal coordinate. For example,
A2  12  xy3  x3 y  x1y3  x3 y1  x1y  xy1                                   B.9
From this the associated shape function id given by A2/A. For a quadrilateral element, A can
be computed by dividing the element into two triangles based on two of the opposing nodes.
The four opposing areas for Ai can be formed by using two interior lines which connect the
mid-points of the opposing faces. An alternative approach which gives the same result is to
map a quadrilateral as a square by employing the local coordinate system (x*,y*) by defining
the local nodes as x*=±1 and y*=±1. For example, if Fig. B.4b was generalized to have non-
orthogonal sides, the normalization length would vary linearly from y1-y4 on the left face to y2-
y3 on the right face. Based on such a local coordinate system, the four shape functions are:
i = 1  x*1  y*                                                              B.10
Shape functions which can be defined by the local coordinate system are sometimes called a
“natural” or “local” element, and triangular elements can be similarly posed (Eq. B.4).
Three-dimensional linear shape functions are similarly equal to the subtended volume
associated with the opposing nodes (Fig. B.4c-d) so that
i =i /  *                                                                    B.11
Similar to a triangle, the tetrahedral volume (and a subtended volume) can be given by the
local nodal locations:
1      x1    y1    z1
11      x2    y2    z2
                                                                                 B.12
61      x3    y3    z3
1      x4    y4    z4

Brick elements, like quadrilateral elements, are generally mapped into a local coordinate
system with x*=±1, y*=±1, z*=±1, so that i = 1  x*1  y*1  z* . If the coordinates are
orthogonal, the computational volume is simply
   x  y  z                                                                    B.13
Higher-order elements can also be formed with such multi-dimensional elements by using
polynomial expressions which satisfy Eq. B.2 and additional nodes per element. Given the
nodal values and the shape functions, any variable can thus be described throughout an element
by Eq. B.1.
Based on Eqs. B.3, B.7, B.12, or B.13, one may define length scales associated with
various computational grids as

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  x                  for 1-D grids                                           B.14a
   A 
1/ 2
for 2-D grids                                           B.14b

    
1/ 3
for 3-D grids                                           B.14c
This length-scale can be used to gauge the computational spatial resolution (which helps
determine accuracy) and allowable time-step values (which are sensitive to grid resolution) as
will be discussed in §B.3.2.
Note that all the above shape functions can be considered “local” since they are valid over
a small discrete volume of the overall computational domain () and each element contains
N nodes and shape functions. To allow the local shape functions to be used throughout the
computational domain, one may define a global shape function Dj associated with each global
node xj, where j=1,Nf and Nf is the total number of nodes in the domain. A global shape
function will equal to the local shape function (Dj=i) when x is within a “corresponding
element”, i.e. an element which includes a local node xi used to define the local shape function.
Outside of the corresponding element, the global shape function is zero. For linear shape
functions in 1-D, this can be expressed as:
1  x i  x /x for x i  x  x

 Di  x i , x                                                             B.15
0
                for x i  x  x
This is illustrated in Fig. B.5 where it can be seen that the D2 is non-zero within element 1
and element 2 but zero within element 3. As such, the global shape functions have a tent-like
shape which are unity at the associated node then decrease linearly to zero at the neighboring
nodes beyond which they are zero (and this is also true for 2-D and 3-D linear global shape
functions). Based on this definition, Eq. B.1 can be expanded to encompass the entire
computational domain as:
Nf
q  x  =  q i  Di  xi , x                                                B.16
i 1

Since it is equally valid to consider a shape function in its local or global form, this choice is
typically based on numerical convenience. There are other types of shape functions which are
intrinsically “global”, i.e. are only defined over the entire computational domain (D). The
next section discusses these and how global shape functions are used for different numerical
methods.

B.2. Weighted Residual Methods
The central idea of the weighted residual method is to minimize a residual that relates the
exact solution of the flow variables (qexact) to the discrete solution (q). The exact solution
satisfies the governing Partial Differential Equations (PDEs) throughout the computational
domain and all the Boundary Conditions (BCs) along the surface of the domain. The residual
L is defined as the PDE operator which is zero for the exact solution at all points. For example,
the incompressible PDE of Eq. A.54 can be written in terms of the flow variables and space as

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Du
L  x, t   f   p  f g  f  2u                                          B.17
Dt
If one substitutes the exact solution, then L(qexact)=0. However, if one substitutes the numerical
solution, then this residual will typically be non-zero, L(q)≠0, owing to (hopefully small)
numerical errors. The weighted residual method examines the integral of the numerical residual
throughout the domain and seeks to determine the unknowns which minimize this integral.
This is accomplished by integrating the product of the residual and a set of “weighting
functions”, wj, over the computational domain:

 w L  q  d
j             D   0                                                      B.18
Note that wj are sometimes also called the “test functions” and generally j=1,Nf. The various
weighted-residual techniques differ primarily in their choice of the weighting and shape
functions as described in Table B.1. As noted in the previous section, a key classification for
these functions is local vs. global. Techniques which use local shape functions (discussed in
§B.1) will be discussed first, followed by those which use global shape functions.
The three most commonly used local weighting functions are: collocation, finite volume,
and Galerkin. The collocation method is the simplest since the weighting function is simply
unity at the nodes and elsewhere zero (Table B.1). As such, the integral of Eq. B.18 becomes
     Nf

L  q   qi  Di , xi         
 L q, x j  0                             B.19
     i 1            xi =x j
This effectively forces the PDE to be specified as zero only at the nodal locations (j=1,Nf). At
each nodal location, a spatial discretization of the PDE operator is typically carried out by
considering the finite difference of the variables between neighboring nodes (as discussed in
§B.3). As such, the collocation method is more commonly refereed to as the “Finite
Difference” (FD) method. The spatial discretization results in Nf equations to be solved for
convergence or for each time-step (since Nf is the number of nodes in the domain). Note that
the FD method does not require knowledge of the shape function spatial distributions between
nodes for solution of the qi values. Instead, these spatial distributions are only needed to
interpolate values of q at non-nodal locations afterwards.
For the Finite Volume (FV) technique, the weighting function is unity over each local
computational cell volume (,k) and zero elsewhere, where there are N computational cells
with index k. Thus, Eq. B.18 becomes an integral over each of these cells:
     Nf
               N             
L  q   qi  Di , xi  w jdD   L   qi i  xi   d,k  0
  i1                                                                       B.20
               i 1           
This approach thus requires integration over each computational element for which the flow
variables spatial distributions are governed by the local shape function distributions (to be
discussed in §B.4). The shape function can be specified as constant, linear, quadratic, etc.
depending on the order of spatial representation desired.
The Galerkin method is similar but uses the shape functions themselves as the weighting
function, so that the system of equations for all elements becomes
N
 N        
  jL   qii  d,k  0
 j1  i1                                                                  B.21

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This integrand includes products of shape functions as will be discussed in §B.5. Other
weighting methods which use a local weighting include the least-squares method, where the
weighting function is equal to the PDE operator.
For intrinsically global shape functions, the computational domain is often broken into
many wave-lengths based on Fourier series (sine waves), Chebyshev polynomials, Legendre
polynomials, etc (Chung, 2002). This is typically called the Spectral Element method. The
two most common weighting functions to use with this method are the Collocation and
Galerkin versions (Table B.1). The shape function and weighting function influences the
characteristics of the method and dictates its typical usage (Table B.2). The node-based finite
difference approaches are the simplest to formulate, but may suffer from conservation errors if
there are strong gradients (such as shock waves). This problem can be eliminated by using
volume-based methods such as the FV or FE techniques. Spectral Element approaches allow
high spatial accuracy for a large range of scales with high computational efficiency and, thus,
are quite popular for simulating fully-resolved turbulent flows with DNS. However, spectral
approaches can be complex to implement for complex geometries and can yield substantial
errors when the flow field is discontinuous (i.e. due to shock waves, reaction fronts, field
discontinuities, etc.) so that they are not as widely used as FD, FV and FE approaches.

B.3. Finite Difference Methods
B.3.1.      Spatial Discretization

The Finite Difference method sets the residual to zero at discrete locations L(xi)=0. To
enforce this, the PDE derivatives must be written in terms of discrete quantities of the
dependent and independent variables using finite discretization. In particular, the derivatives
are expressed in terms of algebraic equations by the use of Taylor series expansions. For a 1-D
example, consider a property q (representing velocity, pressure, etc.) defined at both points x
and x+x, where x is a discrete distance which can be related to the derivatives expanded
q     x 2  2q   x 3 3q   x 4  4q
q(x  x)  q(x)  x                                          ...    B.22
x x    2! x 2 x 3! x 3 x    4! x 4 x
This can be rearranged to represent the first derivative at point x as
q     q(x  x)  q(x) x  2q     x 2  3q
                                       ...                       B.23
x x          x         2! x 2 x 3! x 3 x

If we combine the higher-order derivatives on the RHS as a discretization error of order x and
use the notation q(x)=qi and q(x+x)=qi+1, the first derivative with the leading error term can
be expressed as:
q     qi 1  qi x  2q        q q
                    ...  i 1 i + O (x)                         B.24
x i       x      2 x i
2
x

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This finite difference equation is a “forward-difference” since it uses a position forward of x to
obtain the gradient and is “first-order” accurate since the discretization error is linearly
proportional to the grid length. The terms of Eq. B.23 which are neglected in the RHS of Eq.
B.24 are considered the “truncation terms”, and indicate the scheme’s accuracy. Similarly, a
first-order accurate backward difference-expression which instead uses q(x-x)=qi-1 is given by
q    q  q i 1
 i         + O (x)                                                      B.25
x i     x
In both cases, the truncation error is linearly proportional to the discretization, i.e. first-order
accurate.
It should be kept in mind that there is another type of numerical error called “round-off” or
“machine” error which is related to the finite amount of significant figures that a computer can
use to represent a single number. For many computers, single-precision floating-point
representation corresponds to approximately 7 digits while double-precision corresponds to
approximately 16 digits. Such errors can become significant when subtracting terms which are
nearly equal so that their difference approaches the precision of the numbers. However, this
error is generally over-shadowed by the truncation term accuracy so that it does not manifest
itself unless extremely small grid resolution is used so that the differences between two values
as in Eq. B.25 also becomes small and subject to round-off error.
In general, finite difference equations may be generated for any order derivative by using
additional Taylor series and number of property locations. For example, the forward and
backward Taylor series (Eq. B.23 and its counterpart) can be added to give a second-order
accurate central difference scheme for the first derivative:
 q  q i+1  q i 1
  =                  O (x 2 )                                               B.26
 x i    2x
The differences between the computational stencils of Eq. B.24 and B.26 are shown in Fig.
B.6a, where it can be seen that the stencil width has increased to 2x.
In some case, it is helpful to have second-order accurate schemes which are not centered.
In particular, one-sided schemes are helpful to impose gradient boundary conditions. For
example, consider a boundary condition at node 1 given by (q/x)1=const. (e.g. a symmetry
boundary condition is given when the constant is zero). In this case, the derivative should be
related to nodal values at i=1, i=2, i=3, etc. For such conditions, one may derive one-sided
schemes by combining a Taylor series expansions about node i for nodes i+1 and another for
node i+2 to create a second-order accurate forward-difference scheme (and similarly for nodes
i-1 and i-2 for a backward difference scheme):
 u  3u i  4u i+1  u i  2
  =                            O (x 2 )                                     B.27a
 x i        2x
 u  3u i  4u i-1  u i  2
                             O (x 2 )                                      B.27b
 x i       2x
The forward-difference schemes can be used to represent a gradient boundary condition at i=1,
while the backward difference scheme can be used for a gradient boundary condition at i=N.
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domain so that a centered scheme can be used, e.g. specify an additional node at N+1 and then
discretize (q/x)N based on Eq. B.26. Note that fixed boundary conditions which simply
specify a constant, e.g. q1=const., can be applied directly without any discretization error.
A second-order accurate central-difference can be obtained for the second derivative by
subtracting the forward and backward Taylor series (Eq. B.23 and its counterpart). Doing so,
eliminates the first derivative terms and yields an expression involving nodes at i+1, i and i-1:
  2 q  q i+1  2q i  q i 1 1         4q        q  2qi  qi 1
 2     =                         x 2      
 ...  i+1             O x 2    
 x i           
x  2
       12      x i
4
x 2
              B.28

Finite difference schemes for numerical implantation are obtained by replacing all the
derivatives of the PDE with such expressions and ignoring the discretization errors (also called
“truncation errors”). This, along with suitable boundary conditions, yields a set of
simultaneous algebraic equations for the q nodal values throughout the computational domain.
For both the first and second-derivatives, the order of accuracy can be increased further
(e.g. to third-order or fourth order) by employing additional Taylor series terms and expansions
about other points (e.g. qi+2, qi-2, etc.). A summary of many such finite differences is given by
Anderson et al. (1997). Such higher-order schemes can allow substantial reductions in error or
computational requirements. To demonstrate this, consider a one-dimensional domain of
length D with uniform discretization so that the number of nodes is given by
N f  1  D / x                                                                     B.29

Therefore, the error of the scheme given in Eq. B.24 is proportional to N f1 i.e. doubling the
number of grid points will tend to half the error. In contrast, the error for the scheme of Eq.
B.26 is proportional to N f2 so that doubling the grid will lead to a four-fold reduction in error.
One may also compare the number of nodes required for either scheme if they are specified to
have equal error. In this case, the number of grid points for the first-order scheme will equal
the square of the number of grid points for the second-order scheme. Thus, the second-order
accurate scheme will require less grid points and this corresponds to a reduction in the amount
of required computational resources both in terms of both memory and number of operations.
While such benefits of higher-order schemes can be important, there are some conditions
for which they are not helpful. For example, involving more nodal values to increase the
accuracy also increases the computational stencil width which can increase the complexity and
cost of the computational operation. In addition, regions with discontinuities (e.g. shock
waves) can give non-physical oscillations with higher-order schemes. As such, many schemes
are second-order which yields a balance between accuracy and complexity.
Another way to increase accuracy is to have non-uniform mesh spacing when the gradients
are non-uniform. The motivation for this is that the truncation error is proportional to grid size
and spatial gradients (e.g. Eqs. B.24 and B.28). As such, error distribution can be balanced by
using a smaller x where the gradients are high and a larger x where the gradients are low.
In this way, the overall error throughout the domain is minimized for a fixed number of nodal
values by increasing the grid resolution in the areas where significant changes are occurring.
This non-uniform distribution can be imposed with a linear grid stretching factor ():
x i 1  x i 1  x i  (1  ò )x i  (1  ò )(x i  x i 1 )                    B.30

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With such stretching the second derivative finite-difference expression of Eq. B.28 will have a
modified scheme and will include an additional truncation term:
 2q    2q  2  2  ò  q i  2 1  ò  q i 1 x i2  4 q      x i  3q
 i 1                                                  ò            ... 
x 2 i        x i2 2  3ò  ò   2
                      
12 x 4 i        3 x 3 i
B.31

This additional truncation term is negligible as  →but can yield a first-order scheme if its
absolute value is large. In practice, the stretching rate is limited to small values, e.g. || ≤0.15,
to retain approximately second-order accuracy.
For discretization in multiple dimensions, the above finite difference expressions can be
linearly combined, e.g. the 2-D Laplacian at node i (in the x-direction) and j (in the y-direction)
can be written as
q i+1,j  2q i, j  q i 1, j       q i,j+1  2q i, j  q i, j1
 q 
2
i,j
=
(x)    2

(y)    2
 O (x 2 , y 2 )   B.32

This can be similarly extended to 3-D. Expressions can also be obtained for PDEs in
cylindrical or spherical coordinates, and complex computational domains can employ grid
discretization along transformed coordinate systems which conform to the domain geometry.
In such cases, the discretization and solution occurs in the transformed coordinates (which
need not be orthogonal, but should not be substantially skewed either), and then the results are
converted into the physical (e.g. Cartesian coordinate system) using the transformation
Jacobian. For very complex domains, it may be best to discretize with unstructured triangular
or tetrahedral grids in which case the finite volume or finite element approaches are needed.

B.3.2.      Temporal Discretization

Temporal discretization is critical for unsteady computational fluid dynamics for which the
temporal integration should be accomplished with sufficient accuracy so that the solution is
independent of the time-step employed. However, time-stepping is also used for many steady
flows which use a “pseudo-unsteady” formulation by retaining an artificial unsteady terms.
For example, the time-averaged turbulence PDEs of §A.5.5 include an unsteady term on the
LHS. Such formulations start with an initial “guessed” solution and employ time-stepping
with steady boundary conditions until a converged steady-state flow solution is reached, once
the time-derivative terms becomes negligible. A similar approach can be used for the solution
of other steady flows, e.g. a steady laminar flow can be similarly solved numerically by
employing the unsteady PDEs of §A.1 (e.g., Eqs. A.5, A.6, etc.) with steady boundary
conditions. For such “pseudo-unsteady” formulations, it is not critical that the temporal
integration be accurate since any unsteady features will not be relevant to the converged
solution. Instead it is more important that pseudo-time-marching allows rapid progression to
convergence while avoiding numerical instabilities. This technique is useful for complex
three-dimensional flows for which iteration to the exact solution can be impractical. In
addition, pseudo-time-marching can make use of computational frame developed for truly
Time-marching schemes for both steady and unsteady flows can generally described as
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how a new time-step unknown at a given point is determined. Explicit schemes provide a
solution for this new unknown independent of the solution of any of the other new unknowns
at other grid points. In contrast, an implicit scheme relates the solution for the new unknown to
other new unknown values at other grid points. In 1-D, the functional dependence of these two
schemes can be expressed as:


uin 1  F uin1 , uin , uin1 ,etc.                                    for explicit schemes      B.33a

                                       
F uin1 , uin 1 , uin1 ,etc.  F u in1, u in , u in1,etc.
1                 1                                             for implicit schemes         B.33b

In the following, some simple explicit and implicit schemes are discussed.

Explicit Schemes

To consider various finite-difference expressions, let us consider Eq. A.55b under the
assumption of one-dimensional flow with linearized inertia and with constant density and
pressure so that the non-linear convection, gravitational and pressure terms can be neglected.
The result can be expressed in terms of two simple PDEs if one alternatively neglects viscous
or convective effects:
u        u     2u
 u      f 2                                                                               B.34
t        x     x
For any ODE or PDE discretization, it is important to evaluate all terms at a consistent time-
level and a consistent spatial location. For the above equations, the simplest temporal
integration scheme is to evaluate all terms at the current time-step and a nodal location:
n
 u       u       2u 
n                     n

   u      f  2                                                                         B.35
 t i     x i    x i
The LHS time-derivatives require discretization which can be obtained with a forward-
differencing in time (similar to that as used for the spatial discretization in Eq. B.23):
n
 u   u in 1  u in t   2 u        u in 1  u in
n

                     2  + O (t )                 + O (t) 
2
B.36
 t i       t       2  t i                t

In this equation, un+1 represents the solution at t+t and un at time t and the resulting scheme is
first-order accurate in time. The RHS spatial derivatives of Eq. B.35 can be evaluated with
second-order spatial (central) difference schemes about location xi:
u  t(u in1  u in1 )  f t(u in1  2u in  u in1 )
u in 1 =u in                                                              O ( x 2 ,  t 2 )   B.37
2x                           (x) 2

The resulting one-step finite difference equation is “explicit”, i.e. un+1 can be obtained directly
as a function of the previous unknowns, which is numerically convenient. Note that this
scheme is first-order accurate in time with respect to acceleration (Eq. B.36) second-order in
time with respect to velocity (Eq. B.37) because of the multiplication by t.

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While this explicit scheme seems reasonable to use for solution of Eq. B.34, it has major
problems related to numerical stability. The diffusion-based discretization of Eq. B.37
(associated with f) is only conditionally stable and thus the time-steps must be carefully
chosen (to be discussed in the next sub-section). A more severe problem occurs with the
convection-based portion (associated with u∞) in that it is unconditionally unstable and thus
never appropriate! In the following, explicit convection schemes are considered which are
conditionally stable and thus appropriate.
The unconditional instability of the convection-based portion may be traced to a fatal flaw
in its mathematical character. To see this, consider u∞>0. Only upstream information should
influence u in 1 so that use of u in1 and u in is appropriate but use of the downstream value
u in1 suggests that information is moving in the direction of -u∞, which is unphysical and this
leads to instabilities. This problem may be conditionally solved by “upwinding” the spatial
discretization. In particular, one may use Eq. B.24 or Eq. B.25 depending on the flow direction,
such that only physically relevant upstream quantities are employed (for f=0):
u in 1 =u in  u  (u in1  u in )t / x  O (x, t 2 )            for u in  0                  B.38a
u in 1 =u in  u  (u in  u in1 )t / x  O (x, t 2 )            for u in  0                  B.38b
This first-order accurate upwinding scheme is “non-linear”, in that the scheme itself depends
on the local flow solution. The spatial schemes can also use the higher-order discretization of
Eqs. B.26 and B.27a while maintaining upwind behavior:
u in 1 =u in  1 u  (3u in  4u in1  u in 2 ) t / x  O ( x 2 , t 2 )
2
for u in  0   B.39a
u in 1 =u in  1 u  (3u in  4u in1  u in 2 )t / x  O (x 2 , t 2 )
2
for u in  0   B.39b
This yields an explicit scheme which is second-order accurate in space and first-order accurate
in time. One drawback of this method is that it employs an expanded computational stencil
width which can make the scheme awkward to use near boundaries.
A second-order accurate scheme which avoids the above increased stencil width is the Lax-
Wendroff method, which is second-order accurate in time. This scheme differentiates the
inviscid PDE of Eq. B.34 with respect to time to relate the second derivative in time to the
second derivative in space

       u  
n                                                                  n
  u    2 u                                u        2  u 
n                         n                    n         2
  2    u           u             u  2 
 
t  t  i  t i t 
B.40
      x i          x t i        x i
The last term on the RHS comes about from re-substituting the unsteady term of the PDE for
the convective term. This result can be used to replace the term which is second derivative in
Eq. B.36 with a spatial derivative. Retaining the resulting term, shift the truncation error to a
term associated with the derivative in time so that the scheme is second-order accurate in time:
n
 u    u n 1  u in t 2   2 u 
n

       i            u   2  + O (t 2 )                                                         B.41
 t i       t       2     x i

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Replacing the new spatial derivative with a second-order accurate central difference and using
central differencing for the convective spatial derivative (in Eq. B.37) yields the one-step
inviscid Lax-Wendroff method:

u t                               u t 
2
n 1
u          =u  (u
n   1    n
i 1    u )   1 (u in1  2u in  u in1 )     O (x 2 , t 3 )
n
i 1
B.42
x                                x 
i       i   2                     2

The increased time-accuracy associated with this Lax-Wendroff method (there is also a two-
step version) importantly results in a scheme which is conditionally stable, and one that can be
extended to include the viscous term discretization of Eq. B.37.

Time-Step Limits

The convection-based stability constraints for the upwind schemes (Eqs. B.38a-B.38b or
Eqs. B.39a-B.39b) and the Lax-Wendroff scheme (Eq. B.42) can be obtained by examining the
conditions for which a numerical error in the solution will decay (or grow) over a single time-
step. For incompressible flow, linear instability analysis of the inviscid version of Eq. B.35
(f=0) yields the Courant–Friedrichs-Lewy (CFL) criterion:
t conv  x / u                                                                             B.43
Such a constraint is equivalent to limiting the travel of information within a single time-step to
the physical domain for which this information is available (consistent with one grid spacing).
This constrain indicates that reduced spatial resolution or increased convection speeds will tend
to reduce the numerical time-step allowed. If the convection becomes non-linear (u∞ is
replaced by u), then this time-step may need to be reduced further in regions of large gradients.
This is typically accomplished by multiplying the RHS of Eq. B.43 by a coefficient (cCFL)
which can be adjusted between 0 and 1 and is typically set at the maximum value which
ensures numerical stability. This constant is sometimes called the Courant or CFL number.
If the inviscid PDE of Eq. B.34 is extended to include finite compressibility, information
may travel due to both convection and acoustic signals. In this case, it can be shown that the
Eigenvalues of this system yield wave speeds of u∞, u∞+a, and u∞-a, where a is the speed of
sound. The CFL condition must be modified to account for the fastest possible wave-speed
t conv  x / ( u  a)                                                                      B.44
The inclusion of the acoustic speed indicates the importance of compressibility but leads to a
more restrictive time-step constraint. This restriction becomes impractical for flow at very low
Mach numbers ( u        a ) since the flow will develop based on convection scales while the
time-step will be restricted on the much finer acoustic scales. Therefore, compressibility is
ignored in such cases (e.g. acoustic waves are neglected) and specialized incompressible
schemes are employed (e.g. §B.3.3). The diffusion time-step limit for the non-convective
portion of Eq. B.37 can also be obtained from stability analysis which yields:
t visc  ( x) 2 / 2 f                                                                      B.45
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The techniques for the diffusion terms and convection terms of Eq. B.35 can be combined
by satisfying the combined stability limits. For example, one may combine central
differencing for the diffusive terms with upwinding for the convective terms to get a one-step
explicit scheme which is second-order accurate in space and first-order accurate in time. The
resulting scheme has a stability constraint which can be approximated as
t  min  t visc , t conv                                                       B.46
However, this criterion may be overly conservative and also needs to be considered for both
For flow fields which are steady, “local time-stepping” is a common solution technique
whereby an unsteady time-marching scheme is coupled with an initial guess for the flow
conditions and steady boundary conditions is used to solve a “pseudo-unsteady” formulation
noted in §A.5.5. Temporal integration over a long-time, barring numerical instability, will
yield a flow field which converges to the steady-state solution since the q/t terms will
eventually vanish. In this case, temporal accuracy is neither important nor desired. Instead,
one wishes to arrive to the converged steady-state solution as soon as possible. To do so, each
node in the domain can use its own time-step which is maximized for the stability. Anderson
et al. (1997) proposed a local time-step constraint for 3-D flows which have convection,
compressibility and viscous effects as:
1
Re       min  u x x, u y y, u z z 
                        
B.47a

1
u        uy         u     1                 1       1         
t conv   x              z a                                         
 x y z                x              y   z        
2              2         2
                                                                      B.47b
cCFL  t conv i, j,k
t i, j,k                            local time - stepping for steady flows
1  2 /  Re  i, j,k                                                  B.47c

The last equation includes a Courant number (cCFL), which is nominally unity but can be
reduced for non-linear flows to improve stability. This time constraint is local in the sense that
it is applied at each node and at each time in order to accelerate the solution to convergence.
Unsteady problems require that the time-step be universally synchronized for the entire
domain in order to ensure temporal accuracy of the fluid dynamics. In this case, we must use a
single “global” time-step for all nodes which satisfies stability constraints throughout the
domain:
t  min  t i, j,k                global time-stepping for unsteady flows        B.48

This global time-stepping can lead to quite small convection time-steps throughout to
accommodate regions with small grid resolution (Eq. B.47a). In regions dominated by viscous
effects, where the flow velocities and grid resolutions are small, the Re  can become very
small, which will reduce the overall time-step even further. This can lead to impractically
small time-step, but this is typically avoided by using an implicit scheme for the diffusion term,
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Implicit Schemes

As mentioned above, time-step constraints on the diffusion terms with explicit schemes can
be prohibitive. Therefore a common approach is to treat such terms with an implicit approach
so that the scheme will be unconditionally stable. In this case, the time-step is limited only by
accuracy and not by stability, and thus generally allows greater time-steps to be used. A
popular implicit time-integration technique which is 2nd-order accurate and is unconditionally
stable is the Crank-Nicolson method. For this method, the time derivative is considered at
tn+1/2 and is discretized using a central-difference scheme:
n 1/2
 u i                   u in 1  u in
                                       O (t 2 )                                          B.49
 t                           t
Any spatial derivatives are then approximated as an average at the initial and final time-step
values base on a Taylor series expansion in time (similar to that in space for Eq. B.22):

1  u                  u  
n 1/2                    n 1
 u 
n

                                          O ( x 2 )                               B.50
 x i             2  x i
                       x i 

To apply the Crank-Nicolson method to non-convective version of Eq. B.35, the LHS is
replaced with Eq. B.49 and the RHS is discretized with Eq. B.50, after which the spatial
derivatives are approximated with central differencing in space (Eq. B.281) yielding:
u in 1  u in f  u in11  2u in 1  u in1 u in1  2u in  u in1 
                               1
                          O (x , t )
2    2
B.51
t       2               x   2
x  2

This second order-accurate scheme and can be written in terms of the new velocity values as
f t  u in11  2u in 1  u in1 
u in 1                                            h i  u i 1 , u i , u i 1 
n     n        n     n

1
B.52
2                x   2

Unlike Eq. B.37, this scheme is implicit due to the multiple n+1 terms on the LHS. In general,
this may be solved using an iterative approach whereby the unknown variables are continually
updated until they are converged for a given timestep. However, the 1-D discretization of Eq.
B.52 happens to yield a tri-diagonal system which can be solved directly using the form:
a i u in11  bi u in 1  ci u in1  h in
1            for i=1,N                                   B.53
The RHS is a known function of the values associated with the previous time-step as in Eq.
B.33b. This linear system of equations can be solved efficiently with the Thomas algorithm
which modifies the coefficients with two down-sweeps and one up-sweep. If there are no
ghost nodes, a1=cN=0, this scheme can be expressed as

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bimod  bi   a i ci 1  / bi 1                     for i=2,N                                                         B.54a
h imod  h in   a i d i 1  / bi 1                 for i=2,N                                                         B.54b
uN  h     mod
i         /b   mod
N                                                                                              B.54c
u i   h imod  ci u i 1  / bimod                   for i=N-1,1                                                       B.54d
This form is convenient in that it avoids any iteration, though it is only directly applicable to 1-
D discretizations.
For 2-D and 3-D flows, iterative techniques are common because the system is no longer
simply tri-diagonal since neighboring j (and k) nodes are coupled to the neighboring i nodes.
However, the direct tri-diagonal scheme can be modified to handle multi-dimensional systems
differencing is first applied implicitly in one-direction (and thus solvable with the Thomas
algorithm) and explicitly in all other directions. This procedure is then alternated among the
other directions so that each of the directions is treated implicitly for one time-step and then the
whole process is repeated. For example, consider the 2-D PDE given by
u       2u 2u 
 f  2  2                                                                                                        B.55
t       x y 
The 2-D ADI approach used two alternating time-steps (the first is implicit in the x-direction
and the second is implicit in the y-direction):
n 1/2
 u i                u in 1  u in       u in1, j  2u i,1  u in1, j u i, j1  2u i, j  u i, j1 
1        n             1     n           n        n

                 f                                                                 
j
                                                                                                                     B.56a
 t                        t                          x 2                            y 2               
n  3/2
 u i                   u in  2  u in 1       u in1, j  2u i,1  u in1, j u i,21  2u i, 2  u i,21 
1        n             1     n           n         n

                        f                                                                  
j                   j           j         j
                                                                                                                       B.56b
 t                             t                            x 2                             y 2               
                                                                  
The ADI technique approximates the Crank-Nicolson scheme in accuracy and is widely used
for linear 2nd order derivative terms in space. However, iterative techniques can be applied to
improve temporal accuracy and handle non-linear terms (e.g. if viscosity is not constant).
Perhaps the simplest iterative technique is the Jacobi method which uses fixed-point
iteration based on the values from the previous iteration. Application of this technique to Eq.
B.55 evaluates the newest (k+1) iteration of an unknown based upon the surrounding values at
the previous (k) iteration:
f t n 1,k                  t n 1,k
x  2         
u i 1, j  u in1,k  f 2 u i,1  u i,1  h n
1, j
y
 j          
n 1,k
j                     
u i,1,k 1 
n                                                                                                                      B.57
j

2 1   f t / x 2   f t / y 2                  
In this equation, hn refers to an explicit RHS operator. This scheme can be iterated to a
convergence tolerance (maximum net change of u between iterations) or an iteration count
(kmax). The convergence can be accelerated by the Gauss-Seidel method which uses the most
recently updated values (be they k or k+1) as one sweeps from i=1,Nx and j=1,Ny (where Nx

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and Ny are the number of nodes in the x and y directions). This method can be coupled with
successive over-relaxation (SOR) with a tunable parameter (cSOR) as:
f t n 1,k                   t n 1,k
2x 2                
u i 1, j  u in1,k  f 2 u i,1  u i,1  h n
1, j
2y
   j
n 1,k
j  
n 1,k 1
u i, j                                                                  1  cSOR  u i,1,k
n        B.58
                              
1   f t / x   f t / y / cSOR
2           2                                   j

If cSOR=1, this result is the standard Gauss-Seidel while cSOR=2 corresponds to an instability
limit for linear systems. In the range 1<cSOR<2, changes will be accelerated compared to
standard Gauss-Seidel and optimum values for convergence acceleration for linear systems are
on the order of 1.5-1.8. Non-linear systems often require a lower value due to stability issues.
Convergence of any of the Gauss-Seidel methods can be improved further by sweeping
forwards and then backwards. For example, a sweep of Eq. B.58 with i=1,Nx and j=1,Ny can
be alternated by a sweep for i=Nx,1 and j=Ny,1. The resulting scheme is called the Symmetric
SOR Gauss-Seidel method and is quite popular for handling the viscous terms in many CFD
approaches. Other commonly used iterative methods include the Conjugate Gradient and the
Generalized Minimum Residual methods (Chung, 2002). Such methods are robust (nearly
always converge) but are also more complex and require more memory. At the other extreme,
the Gauss-Seidel SOR method is relatively simple and efficient and uses the minimum memory.
The ADI method is intermediate to these two extremes, i.e. moderately robust and moderately
expensive to employ. Other implicit schemes have also been developed for the terms
associated with convection and pressure for incompressible flows, as will be discussed in
§B.3.3. However, compressible flows typically use explicit schemes for the convection and
pressure terms, as is discussed next.

B.3.3.       Incompressible Flow Implicit Schemes

While explicit methods are generally favored for convection-dominated flows where the
flow Mach numbers are significant, low-speed flows often use a different class of time-
marching called “implicit methods”. In this case, the numerical schemes for a given space-
time stencil are formulated as a function of multiple unknowns at the n+1 time-step. This is
consistent with the elliptic character of the pressure field since disturbances at any location are
felt all other locations instantaneously once a→∞. While this yields a more costly simultaneous
evaluation of all the unknowns at n+1 time-level, it has the substantial advantage of increased
numerical stability so that time-step constraints such as Eqs. B.43 and B.45 are no longer
applicable. Most of the implicit schemes are unconditionally stable for linearized PDEs so that
a time-step constraint is based more on convergence rates for steady-state problems. For
unsteady incompressible flow problems, time-steps are typically constrained by Eq. B.47c in
order to properly capture convection physics. However, this is still much larger than a time-
step based on the acoustic speed or pseudo-compressibility. There are a great many implicit
schemes which have been used including those of Laasonen, Crank-Nicolson, Beam-Warning,
Briley-McDonald, and MacCormack (Chung, 2002). These schemes are generally second-
order accurate in space and time but sometimes add fourth-order diffusivity to avoid dispersion
errors for non-linear problems. Multiple dimensions can be addressed efficiently by using
“Alternating Difference Implicit” (Eq. B.56) or the more general “Approximate Factorization”
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A key issue for viscous incompressible flows is the proper treatment of the continuity
though the solution of the pressure field. Some of common implicit schemes include Artificial
Compressibility, Marker-and-Cell (MAC), Semi-Implicit Method for Pressure-Linked
Equation (SIMPLE), SIMPLER (SIMPLE Revised), and Pressure Implicit with Splitting
Operators (PISO). A common aspect of such incompressible flow techniques is the use of a
staggered grid, whereby the fluid velocities are defined on a stencil that is shifted by a x/2
and y/2 from the pressure stencil. This combination avoids the unphysical checker-board
type oscillations which can occur if a single unified grid is used for all variables. The MAC
scheme is relatively straightforward to implement and is generally robust. The PISO scheme
(Issa et al. 1986) is particularly popular since it allows large time-steps and avoids iterations so
that it is generally efficient. Both of these schemes are overviewed in the following.
Like most of these techniques, the PISO scheme uses a momentum equation which
substitutes A.55a into Eq. A.55b, as well as a Poisson equation for pressure. The latter is
obtained by taking the spatial gradient of the momentum equation, reapplying the continuity
equation (A.55a), and assuming the temporal and spatial derivatives are independent. In vector
notation, the PISO governing equations become:

u i      f u i u j                 p
f                               f  2 u i -       f g i                                             B.59a
t          x j                       x i

2p         u                            f u i u j               
2p                      f  i                                              f  2 u i            B.59b
x i
2
t  x i            x i        x j                          
                               
If hydrostatic forces are important, the fluid dynamic pressure (Eq. A.43) can be used in this
equation so that the gravitational terms are implicitly included.
The PISO scheme uses the following five steps to update the momentum and pressure
fields, where only the temporal discretization is presented:

  uiu j 
pred1
f pred1 n                                                                             p n
t

u i - u i  f
x j
                               f  u  2   pred1
i       -
x i
 f g i       B.60a

    uiu j 
           pred1

f  u in                                    2 pred1 
p   2       pred1
            f                         f  u i
t  x i        x i  x j                                                       B.60b
                               
  uiu j 
pred1
f pred2 n                                                                             p pred1
t

u i - u i  f
x j
                                f  2 u ipred1 -
x i
 f g i
B.60c

    uiu j 
           pred 2

n 1                         f  u in                                     2 pred2 
p   2
 p2       pred 2
            f                          f  u i
t  x i        x i  x j                                   B.60d
                                
  f u i u j 
pred 2
f n+1 n                                                                             p pred 2
t

ui - ui  
x j
                                   f  2 u ipred2 -
x i
 f g i    B.60e

Note that u associated with continuity equation appears as the first term on the RHS of Eqs.
B.60b and B.60d. For increased accuracy and stability, the terms in the square brackets can be

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split into diagonal and non-diagonal terms (Chung, 2002). The PISO method is well-suited for
unsteady flow but also is quite reasonable for steady-flow, which is a reason for its popularity.
However, the SIMPLE method (whose first three steps are similar) tends to be faster for
steady-state problems for which the momentum coupling to the pressure variations is strong.
Other techniques for incompressible flows include methods which successively employ a
scheme for the convection and viscous terms followed by an implicit iterative scheme to
include pressure corrections. This broad class of solvers includes the projection method and
the Marker-and-Cell (MAC) method (Chung, 2002). For these methods, the momentum
equation (e.g. Eq. B.59a) can be written in terms of convection and diffusion acceleration
functions as:
u                      1                                                          B.61a
 Fconv  Fdiff  g  p
t                      f
Fconv     uu 
B.61b

Fdiff   f  2u                                                                    B.61c
To discretize this equation, the projection method uses central-differencing in time on Eq.
B.61a and then breaks up the change in velocity by using a predicted velocity (upred) and a
corrected velocity (un+1):
n 1/2
 u            u n 1  u n            u n 1  u pred u pred  u n
 
 t 

t
 
 O t 2 
t

t
 
 O t 2     B.62a
u u
pred      n

t
n 1/2     n
 
 Fconv  Fdiff1/2  g  O t 2                                    B.62b

u n 1  u pred
t
1
f
 
  p n 1  O t 2                                               B.62c

Thus, upred is the velocity at time tn that neglects the pressure gradient while un+1 includes this
effect. Note that un and pn are assumed to satisfy both the above momentum equation and the
incompressibility condition (Eq. A.29) at time tn and a similar statement can be made for un+1
and pn+1.
For steady-flows where the time-derivative is non-physical and just used for convergence,
the predictor step for the velocity can be accomplished with fast 1st-order explicit schemes.
For unsteady problems, higher-order schemes are instead preferred since temporal accuracy is
critical. A common approach for the non-linear convective portion is the 2nd-order accurate
explicit Adams-Bashforth method. This method is based on a Taylor series expansion and a
backward-difference for the temporal derivative about tn:
t Fconv
n
F n  F n 1
n 1/2
Fconv = Fconv 
n

2 t
 
 O t 2  Fconv  conv conv  O t 2 
n

2
          B.63

Since the viscous terms are linear, they can often be treated implicitly, e.g. with a Crank-
Nicolson scheme (Eq. B.52) based on two Taylor series expansions about tn+1/2:
n                     n
Fdiff1  Fdiff t 2  2Fdiff1/2
n
F n 1  Fdiff
n
n
Fdiff1/2 =
2

2      t 2
 ...  diff
2
 
 O t 2        B.64

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Combining Eqs. B.62b, B.63 and B.64 yields a prediction of the uncorrected velocity:

2    
n

upred  un  1 t  3Fconv  Fconv  Fdiff  Fdiff   tg 
n 1    pred    n
                        B.65

Note that the viscous portion is implicit (since Fdiff is based on upred) but can be solved with
conventional iterative methods, such as the ADI scheme of Eq. B.56.
For the correction step of B.62c, the pressure field is first determined to be consistent with
condition of incompressibility, i.e.   un 1  0 . To do this, one may take the divergence of Eq,
B.62c to obtain a semi-discrete equation for pressure:
f
2 pn 1            upred                                                  B.68
t
This is an implicit equation for the pressure which requires a Poisson solver. Compared to the
viscous terms (which include local diffusive effects), the pressure field requires more care for
convergence as its influence is global (owing to the infinite acoustic speed for incompressible
flow). Therefore, advanced iterative solvers are often employed for Eq. B.68 including pre-
conditioning and multi-grid methods (Wesseleing & Oosterlee, 2001). Once the pressure field
is obtained to within a suitable convergence level, the predicted velocity is corrected for the
(previously missing) pressure gradient term using Eq. B.62c, i.e.:
t n 1
u n 1  u pred          p                                                  B.69
f

The MAC method thus explicitly satisfied the momentum equation with a pressure that
indirectly satisfies the continuity equation.
A variant of the above technique is to use the old pressure gradient for the predictor step
and then use just the change in pressure (from n to n+1) for the correction. For example, Eq.
B.65 can be transformed as
upred  un  1 t  3Fconv  Fconv  Fdiff  Fdiff   tg  pn / f 
2    
n
n 1    pred    n
                         B.70

This scheme is second-order accurate for the convection and viscous terms but only first-order
accurate for the pressure gradient. To achieve second-order accuracy for the pressure gradient
and to satisfy continuity, a pressure increment can be defined through a Poisson equation based
on Eq. B.68:
p  p n 1  p n                                                              B.71a
 2  p    f / t    u pred                                           B.71b
u   n 1
u   pred
  t / f    p                                   B.71c
Similar to the conventional MAC approach, the predicted velocity (Eq. B.70) is used to solve a
Poisson equation (Eq. B.71b) with an implicit iterative scheme from which the corrected
velocity can be computed (Eq. B.71c). This variant is similar to the SIMPLE method
described earlier. The timestep for integration is generally given by Eqs. B.43, B.45, and B.46.
Other incompressible flow techniques include the artificial compressibility method and vortex
methods, though these are not as commonly used.
One problem with all Finite Difference (both compressible and incompressible) methods
for complex domain geometries (e.g. Fig. 1.13) is that it is difficult to discretize the domain for

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the spatial derivative terms in Eq. B.88 with an adaptive 3-D coordinate system. This problem
can be solved to some degree by overlapping grids (Chimera schemes) but these are limited to
rather simple geometries. A more robust solution is to use unstructured grids, e.g. triangles in
2-D (Fig. B.1) and tetrahedron in 3-D (Fig. B.2); these require FV or FE approaches which are
discussed in the next two sections.

B.3.4.       Compressible Flow Flux-Based Schemes

Many of the schemes used today for compressible flow are designed to ensure conservation
by employing flux-based methods. For examples, consider the 1-D convection equation for a
variable q given by
q      uq 
                                                                        B.72
t      x
For transport equations in conservative form, q can represent , u, or etot. A general scheme
can be constructed using central-differencing in space and time as
t 
 uq i+1/2   uq i-1/2   O (x 2 , t 3 ) 
n+1/2         n+1/2
qin+1  qin                                                                  B.73
x                            
The terms in the parentheses are the “interface fluxes” between two cells. A common method
to obtain these for uniform mesh spacing is to assume a linear interpolation between the cell-
centered values:

2   
qi+1/2  1 qi+1  qin+1/2
n+1/2      n+1/2
                                       B.74a

ui+1/2  1
n+1/2
2   u   n+1/2
i+1      uin+1/2                                         B.74b

In these equations, the values at the half time-step (n+1/2) can be obtained by first using a
forward-differencing from the initial time-step values with t/2. Substituting the RHS
expressions into Eq. B.73 yields a central-difference scheme, similar to Eq. B.26, but with
conservation of the fluxes enforced directly.
This approach can be similarly extended to multi-dimensional system of equations with the
pressure terms, e.g. for the 3-D Euler equations (Eq. A.44) can be written as
q Q x Q y Q z
             S                                                       B.75
t   x   y   z
The vectors of conserved quantities and fluxes for inviscid compressible flow are then:

                   u x                 u y                u z   
 u             u 2  p           u u                 u u        
 x                   x                     x y                 x z  
 q   u y  , Q x   u x u y  , Q y   u y  p  , Q z   u y u z  B.76
2

                                                                    
 u z             u x u z         u y u z             u z  p 
2

e              u  e  p                             u  e  p 
 tot            x      tot         u y  e tot  p  
                      z       tot 

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Here, Qx, Qy and Qz represent the flux vectors and S represents the source vector which can be
due to viscous effects, etc. Extending Eq. B.73 to a two-dimensional scheme using central-
differencing in time and space is thus given by
t                                      t
 Qx i+1/2, j   Q x i-1/2, j    Q y i, j+1/2   Q y i, j-1/2  
n+1/2             n+1/2                n+1/2             n+1/2
qi, j  qi, j 
n+1     n
B.77
x                                    y                                 

This can be extended to three-dimensional conditions and to include source terms. The fluxes
at the half time-steps can be computed by using a variety of explicit and implicit schemes, as
discussed by Chung (2002). Use of these fluxes in 2-D or 3-D requires definition of the cell
volume so as to obtain the flux areas. For grids which are not simply rectangles in 2-D or
“brick” elements in 3-D (Fig. B.2a), the finite-difference model is generally inadequate since
careful integration along the cell surfaces is needed. In this case, finite volume or finite
element discretizations (§B.4) are typically used.
To ensure stability, one may not simply compute the fluxes with central differencing (recall
the unconditionally unstable scheme realized with the inviscid version of Eq. B.37). One
solution is to use the upwinding (similar to Eqs. B.39a and B.39b) for the convected quantities
q. For example, the x-flux terms for the continuity equations can be computed with a 1st order
upwind scheme as
 1 i  u x,i 1  u x,i          for ui  0            B.78a
 u x i1/ 2 = i1/ 2    u x i1/ 2 =  12

 2 i 1  u x,i 1  u x,i 
                                    for ui  0           B.78b
This is referred to as the donor-cell scheme and q denotes a convected quantity (Prosperetti
et al. 2007). A more accurate solution is to compute these flux terms using inviscid solutions
to the discrete local flow (Gudunov, 1959). The first-order accurate version of this technique
assumes that the flow properties are piecewise constant within a cell so that there is a
discontinuity at the interface given by the left and right states:
qi+1/2,left  qi+1                                                                                   B.79a

qi+1/2,right  qi                                                                                    B.79b
The flow will develop in time in accordance with an exact, but local solution to the inviscid
Riemann problem. Figure B.6b shows an example where the adjoining cells have a pressure
difference (but there is no velocity difference) which produces a local 1-D shock wave and
contact discontinuity into the low-pressure cell and a local 1-D expansion wave into the high-
pressure cell.
A second-order accurate description can include construction based on piecewise linear
variations of the conservative variables for which the discontinuities in pressure at the cell
interfaces are generally smaller. In either case, the exact Riemann problem based on the
interface differences can be obtained analytically for the general case where the velocities of
the left and right states are not equal. The solutions for the four primary cases (shock-shock,
shock-expansion, expansion-shock, and expansion-expansion) are outlined by Knight (2006) as
a function of the “contact pressure”, which is an implicit function of the left and right states
and must be obtained iteratively (e.g. by the Newton method). From this solution of the
interface state condition after the interaction, the Riemann-based fluxes given by

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and  uq i-1/2 , can then be used to obtain the cell values at i, i+1, etc. at the next time
 uq i+1/2
n                     n

(as in Eq. B.73). At the next time-step, a whole new set of local Riemann problems is solved
for each set of adjoining cells, and so forth. This has the advantage of yielding the exact
solution if there is a 1-D shock wave. However, there are some downsides: reconstruction can
be expensive and use of three local 1-D Riemann reconstructions for a 3-D problem or a
viscous problem introduces some errors. To address the first downside, there are two well-
known groups of schemes: a) Roe’s scheme, which uses an approximate Riemann solution to
avoid having to iterate to solution at each time-step and thus is a commonly employed variant
of Gudunov’s scheme; and b) flux-vector splitting methods which decompose the fluxes on
each side into two components, each associated with left and right running waves (Knight,
2006).
While donor-cell schemes and Gudonov schemes can be stable, the above techniques will
require special treatment if there are high gradients in the flow variables coupled with weak or
negligible diffusion terms, e.g. shock waves in an inviscid flow. In such conditions, low-order
upwind schemes (such as Eq. B.38) can be used for the flux differentiation of Eq. B.73.
However, such schemes can be highly diffusive causing discontinuities to be “smeared” over
an increasing number of cells. This diffusion is avoided with higher-order schemes (e.g., 2nd
order Gudonov schemes or 2nd order upwind schemes based on Eq. B.77). However, these can
lead to non-physical oscillations (termed “ringing” and illustrated in Fig. B.7) due to the
absence or weakness of the stabilizing diffusion terms. Therefore, a practical solution for
conditions with sharp gradients (especially when viscous effects or the effects of sources and
sinks on the transport become important) is to combine low-order and high-order schemes in a
non-linear manner, e.g. include numerical dissipation only in regions of sharp gradients. Such
schemes can be represented with a slope limiter coefficient (clim) for selection of the convected
variables:

                        
 q i  1 clim,i 1/2 q i+1  q i
2                                                  for u i+1  0
q i+1/2                                                                                   B.80
1

q i+1  2 clim,i 1/2 q i+1  q i
                                                          for u i+1  0

As such, clim=1 advances the scheme to a second-order central difference scheme with no
limiting (Eq. B.77), while eliminating the mid-point terms (clim=0) reverts the scheme to a first-
order upwind difference scheme (Eq. B.24 or B.25).
To determine clim , one may use many different “limiting” schemes. Some of the more
popular ones include: Essentially Non-Oscillatory (ENO), min-mod limiter, Monotone
Upward-Centered Scheme for Conservation Laws (MUSCL), Total Variation Diminishing
(TVD), and Flux Corrected Transport (FCT). These methods all employ low-order non-
oscillatory schemes in high gradient regions while allowing high spatial resolution in other
regions (Knight, 2006). For these schemes, clim is related to a smoothness coefficient:

             
csmooth,i 1/ 2  qi  qi-1 / qi+1  qi                                 for u i+1  0
       B.81
csmooth,i 1/ 2    q   i+1    q  / q
i+2           i    qi+1              for u i+1  0

This parameter is of order unity for smooth regions, e.g. regions where the gradient is
approximately constant. Some of the limiter schemes are shown in Table B.3, and it can be
seen that they yield cmin1 as csmooth1 for “smooth” conditions and cmin0 as csmooth0 for

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regions with high variations in the gradients. For example, limiters for 2nd order schemes will
be Total Variation Diminishing if 0  clim  min(2,csmooth ) . Note that four of the limiters can
have cmin2, which is effectively allowing anti-diffusion. This helps to create sharp
discontinuities but can be related to instabilities in some cases. Application of B.81 and B.78a
to Eq. B.76, thus yields
t  n+1/2 n+1/2
qin+1  qin 
x 

u i+1/2 qi+1/2         u   n+1/2
i-1/2   qi-1/2  
n+1/2
                                              B.82

The Flux Corrected Transport scheme is a variant of these approaches and employs a linear
combination of a Low-Order (LO) scheme (such as a 0th-order or 1st-order accurate scheme)
with a High-Order (HO) scheme (such as a 2nd order accurate scheme) to compute the new
value of q. The weighting of the contributions is defined to be the maximum HO contribution
such that no new undershoots or overshoots are introduced in the variable q compared to the
values at the previous time-step. This method can be summarized as
t
                                              t
                         
n+1/2                                          n+1/2
qin+1  qi,LO 
n+1
clim  uq HO   uq LO                         clim  uq HO   uq LO               B.83
x                                  i 1/ 2       x                             i 1/ 2

In this approach, 0  clim  1 , and its value is determined by comparing the LO and HO
solutions to q with the previous time-step values of q to identify the maximum value for mono-
tonicity (Chung, 2002). Typically such methods allow physical discontinuities to be smoothly
and monotonically resolved over 3-4 grid cells, whereas low-order schemes would spread the
change over many more grid cells and would diffuse further in time (Fig. B.7). A detailed
discussion and comparison of these methods is given by Knight (2006).
For unsteady problems, one also prefers to employ higher-order temporal accuracy. Since
the typical one-step schemes above are first-order (except for Lax-Wendroff which is limited to
linear inviscid PDEs), most time-dependent numerical solutions use multi-step schemes.
Perhaps the two most popular of these schemes are the MacCormack scheme and the Runge-
Kutta scheme.
The MacCormack (1969) scheme is a two-step scheme (predictor-corrector) which uses
forward-differencing in space for the predicted variables and backward differencing for the
corrected variables. It is particularly well-suited to non-linear problems written in conservative
form, e.g. the compressible Navier-Stokes form in Eqs. A.5a and A.6a. For example, the 1-D
ODE for an unknown conservative variable q and flux Q can be written
q / t  Q/x                                                                                                  B.84
This form can be generalized to vectors q and Q corresponding to conservation equations for
mass, momentum and energy. The corresponding MacCormack predictor-corrector scheme
(with coordinate node index i) is then
q ipred =q in  (Qin1  Qin )t / x                                                                             B.85a
q in 1 = q in  q ipred  (Qipred  Qipred )t / x  / 2
                              1                                                                      B.85b
This combination of averaging turns out to be second-order accurate in time and space and any
non-linear derivatives in Q can be decomposed into derivatives of each variable, i.e. if
Q≡q1q2+q3 then the forward differencing operation becomes

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n

Qin1  Qin =q1,i q n 1  q n  q 2,i q1,i 1  q1,i  q3,i 1  q3,i
2,i      2,i  n    n
        n
  n         n
    B.86
A similar equation can be written for the backward differencing of the predictor method. For
multi-dimensional problems, forward-differencing is used for the first-step and backward-
differencing is used for the spatial derivatives of the corrector step.
For even higher-order accuracy, the four-step Runge-Kutta scheme can be used as:
q ipred1 =q in  Qin  t / 2x                                             B.87a

q ipred2 =q in  Qipred1  t / 2x 
B.87b
B.87c
q ipred3 =q in  Qipred2  t / x 
B.87d
q in 1 =q in   Qin  2Qipred1  2Qipred2  Qipred3   t / 6x 
                                                            B.87e
Qi  Qi 1/ 2  Qi 1/ 2   Qi 1  Qi 1  / 2                             B.87f
This scheme uses three intermediate predictions of the variable q (noted by superscripts pred1,
pred2 and pred3) before finally advancing to the next time-step (n+1). The first two steps can
be seen as forward-difference operators to obtain improving mid-point estimates, the third step
obtains an estimate of the final value, and the fourth step combines these expressions together
for a fourth-order accurate prediction. The approximation used for the Runge-Kutta spatial flux
difference on the RHS of Eq. B.87f assumes a simple linear variation. A similar assumption is
made for the MacCormack and Lax-Wendroff schemes. However, this scheme requires
approximately two-fold the storage of the MacCormack and other two-step schemes.

B.4. Finite Volume Method
While spatial discretization of the differential form is called the Finite Difference (FD)
method, the discretization of the integral form is called the Finite Volume (FV) method. As
noted in Table B.2, FV (or control volume) methods are formulated from the inner product of
the governing PDE with a unit function integrated over a discrete volume. This process results
in spatial integration of the governing equations. Using discrete control volumes within the
domain allows the use of unstructured grids with triangular and tetrahedral elements, which are
especially useful for grid adaptivity and complex domain geometries. Because of this, CFD
codes have shifted their focus from FD to FV methods over the last decade or so. Another
important attribute of FV methods is that conservation (of mass, momentum and energy) can
be ensured within each computational cell and the computational domain. This is especially
important for flows with contact discontinuities (e.g. shocks, slip layers, and scalar or reaction
fronts), for which some finite difference schemes can have significant conservation errors.
This is because FD methods only satisfy the differential form at a point instead of the integral
for a volume.
To illustrate the FV method, consider the conservative form of the compressible Euler
equations (Eq. A.44) as a vector of PDEs:
q    Q x Q y Q z
=                                                                       B.88
t     x   y   z

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The conservative unknown variables (q) and the fluxes (Qx, Qy, Qz) are given by

                   u x                    u y              u z     
 u              p  u 2             u u                 u u        
 x                       x                    x y               x z    
q =   u y  , Q x =  u y u x    , Q y =  p  u y 2  , Q z =  u y u z     B.89
                                                                       
 u z            u z u x             u z u y             p  u z 
2

 e             e u  pu                                 e u  pu 
 tot             tot x     x         e tot u y  pu y 
                      tot z      z

This conservative form can be maintained even with inclusion of viscous terms (Eqs. A.5a,
A.6a & A.15). Writing the PDEs in finite-volume form for a discrete volume (Δ) yields:
 q Q     Q y Q 
  t  xx  y  zz d  0
                      
B.90

If we define a volume-average of the conservative variables as q and employ second-order
central-differencing in time, the PDE can be expressed as:
n 1/2
t      Q x Q y Q z 
   x
n 1          n 1/2
q  q  q  
n
                           d           B.91
y      z 
This scheme can be applied to either cell-centered or node-centered (also called vertex-
centered) schemes depending on the choice of the discrete volume (Fig. B.8). Cell-centered
schemes are more common since their volumes are more straightforward to define and their
unknown variables are stored at either the cell centers (Fig. B.8b) or at the nodes themselves.
To illustrate implementation, consider a cell-centered scheme which stores the unknowns at
the nodal locations 1,2,3 for two-dimensional triangular cells (Fig. B.4a). The RHS integral of
Eq. B.91 becomes a volume per unit width integral over the cell area (A) which can be
converted into a line integral over the cell edge lengths using Green’s theorem
 Q x Q y 
                dA     Q x dy   Q y dx                             B.92
 x    y 
Assuming a linear variation of the fluxes along the cell edges and using area of Eq. B.8,
t  Q x 2  Q x1              Q Q                 Q Q
q                       y2  y1   x3 x 2  y3  y2   x1 x3  y1  y3 

        2                      2                    2              
B.93
t  Q y2  Q y1               Q Q                  Q Q               
-                  x 2  x1   y3 y2  x 3  x 2   y1 y3  x1  x 3 
       2                       2                     2               
Each cell-averaged difference for a cell (k) is then extrapolated to the cell’s nodal locations (i)
using a discrete version of Eq. B.88 (Chung, 2002). Then the contributions from the K cells
surrounding a vertex are averaged to find the net nodal correction and the new value
1 K
qin 1 = qin       qi,k
K k 1
B.94

To improve stability and accuracy, a second (corrector) step is generally added, e.g. a four-step
Runge-Kutta temporal integration. Another popular approach is to use temporal integration to
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second-order accuracy (this is effectively a two-step Runge-Kutta method). For supersonic
(highly compressible) flows, upwinding of the convective terms is often important for stability.
Implicit FD methods (§B.3.2) can also be used for FV methods to further increase stability,
especially for incompressible flows.

B.5. Finite Element Method
For the Galerkin formulation of the finite element method (commonly used in CFD), the
shape functions are used to weight the residual (Eq. B.21). However, some care must be taken
with respect to temporal integration as is discussed in the following. For comparison with the
FV method, the FE method is applied to the PDEs of Eq. B.88. If the shape function is a
function of space only (and not time), the resulting FE form for a single computational element
and forward-difference time marching yields:
 Q x Q y 
n

  q  q  jdA   t   x  y   jdA 
n 1 n
B.95
             
For computational efficiency, it is convenient to assume the same shape functions also apply to
the fluxes, i.e.
Q   qi i    iQ  qi    iQi                                                B.96
Applying this expression and substituting the discrete form of the variables (Eq. B.1), yields
   i             n
    dA  q
i   j   
n 1
i       qin   t    i 
    x
 jdA    Q x,i  Q y,i 
y         
n
B.97

For a single element, i and j range from 1 to N (the number of nodes per element), thus
yielding a set of N for each element and for each variable in the vector q.
The first term in parentheses on the LHS of Eq. B.97 is the called the mass matrix, which
does not appear in the FD or FV methods (see Eqs. B.37 & B.91). The mass matrix causes the
RHS to be coupled, but this is sometimes eliminated by using a “lumped” mass matrix
whereby the area integral is simply replaced by A. This decouples the qn+1 variables so that
the result is fully explicit and thus faster computationally. While lumping reduces the temporal
accuracy, it is reasonable for local-times for which only a steady-state solution is required. For
unsteady problems, an iterative procedure can be used for Eq. B.97 using successive
improvements on qn+1 with a (low-cost) lumped mass matrix for increments. Typically three to
four iterations are suitable for convergence with second-order accurate temporal schemes.
The term in brackets on the RHS of Eq. B.97 requires differentiation of the shape functions
and a non-unique solution requires them to be linear or higher-order. For a linear 1-D element
in a local coordinate system with nodes 1 and 2 (N=2), Eq. B.4 yields 1/x*=1 and
2/x*=-1 within the element. Note that adjoining elements which share a node will also
share the q at the node, which must satisfy the FE equations for both elements. To demonstrate
this coupling with Eq. B.97, consider a three element (four-node) discretization of a 1-D
domain with the linearized advection equation: u/t=u∞u/x. The resulting set of equations
(one for each unknown/node in the domain) is obtained by global assembly as

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2      1 0 0   u1 1  u1 
n        n
 1 1 0   0  u1 
n

               n 1 n                                
0 u n 
x 1      2 1 0 u 2  u 2          u  t  1 0 1     2
                                        B.98
6 0      1 2 1   u 3 1  u 3 
n        n
2  0 1 0      1 u3 
n

               n 1 n                              
0      0 1 2  u 4  u 4 
                          0 0 1   1 u n 
 4
With mass lumping of the LHS matrix (terms in a row are summed to replace the diagonal and
other terms are reset to zero), a general interior node equation reduces to
u in 1  u in  (u  t / 2x)(u in1  u in1 )                             B.99
Comparing this with the inviscid version of Eq. B.37, it can be seen that this one-step forward-
difference, central-space discretization yields the same scheme as when coupled with the finite-
difference method (and the FV method), and thus also the same problem of numerical stability.
To avoid these, unconditional stability (at least for linear systems) may be obtained with
implicit time-stepping, e.g. the first-order accurate backward differencing scheme or the
second-order iterative Newton-Raphson scheme. Otherwise, the same type of explicit time-
stepping solutions used for FD and FV are also appropriate for FE, e.g. use of a Lax-Wendroff
scheme (termed “Taylor-Galerkin” when used with an FE approach) or upwinding when
viscous stress terms are also important.
The inclusion of viscous stress terms in the FE approach with linear elements requires that
the discrete form of the equations be modified. This is necessary because direct application of
Eq. B.97 would result in terms such as 2/x2 which become zero. This problem can be
solved with higher-order elements, but is more generally addressed by employing integration
by parts. For example, the RHS terms with the second derivative of velocity are revised as:
2u                  u  j       u
 x 2  jd    x x d   x  jdA 
B.100
  i  j           i         
 u i         d         jdA  
     x x           x          
Thus, any second derivative in the control volume is reduced to a first derivative so that a
linear shape function can be employed. Furthermore, the boundary surface integral can be
used to explicitly impose boundary conditions. Because of this, integration by parts is
sometimes used on all the RHS terms. A similar result can be obtained through the variational
principle approach (Chung, 2002). In either case, the resulting system of equations can be then
be solved explicitly or implicitly.

B.6. Spectral Element Method
Spectral Element methods differ from the above FD, FV and FE methods in that they use
smooth basis functions which are global, i.e. finite over the entire domain instead of just over a
small discretized region. Spectral approximations differ primarily based on the choice of the
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The most common basis functions are the Fourier and Chebyshev expansions, for which
fast Fourier transforms and real cosine transforms exist. Fourier basis functions, also called
spectral series, are simply the sum of linear sinusoidal functions (Fig. B.9)
Nf


q=  ci (t) sin ix *                                                                  B.101
i 1
The spatial resolution is increased by increasing the number of terms in the series (Nf). Note
that this form differs from other weighted residual methods defined by Eq. B.1 in that spectral
methods solve for basis function coefficients rather than for the values at nodal locations. For
complex geometries or domains where harmonic series can not be readily applied (e.g. a flat
wall extending to infinity), Chebyshev polynomials are preferred (Orszag, 1980). The terms
are based on orthogonal cosine terms in Fourier space, so that the first terms are given by
q=c1  c2 x*  c3 2(x* )2 1  c4 4(x* )3  3x*   c5 8(x* ) 4  3(x* ) 2  1  ... B.102
                                                           
For an unsteady problem the polynomial coefficients are solved as a function of time. Because
of their simple and global description for the basis functions, spectral methods are best for
problems with either square or circular boundaries. When the boundaries have other shapes, a
conformal mapping procedure can be used.
The above representations are generally employed in two forms: fully-spectral and pseudo-
spectral. The fully spectral method is related to the Galerkin form whereby the PDE is
weighted by the basis functions themselves over the entire domain
 Nf               
                               
sin jx* L   ci sin ix *  d  0                                       B.103
 i 1             
This is similar to Eq. B.21 for discrete methods. With either Fourier or Chebyshev basis
functions, this technique can take advantage of Fast Fourier Transforms to solve for the system
of coefficients.
The pseudo-spectral method uses collocation at particular points, i.e.
 Nf               

L   ci sin ix*           0                                             B.104
 i 1              x =x j
This is similar to Eq. B.19, and the locations employed are equally spaced if Fourier series are
employed (or are the roots of the polynomials if Chebyshev polynomials are employed). In
comparison to the spectral method, the pseudo-spectral method can be very efficient (twice as
fast as the fully-spectral method) since direct integration is not required. However, it may
suffer from aliasing or conservation errors if not independently filtered.

B.7. Lattice Boltzman Method
The Lattice Boltzmann (LB) method is a powerful technique for the computational
modeling of a wide variety of complex fluid flow problems. Like FD, FV and FE methods, it
uses a discrete domain. However, discretization is not based on macroscopic continuum
equations but is instead based on microscopic models. In particular, it considers a collection of
“fluid particles” each with a velocity distribution in specific directions. The fluid particles
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rules governing the collisions are designed such that the time-average motion of the fluid
particles is consistent with the Navier-Stokes equation. The collision principle allows
boundary conditions for interfacial dynamics and complex boundaries to be implemented in a
straightforward approach.
The LB space is discretized consistent with a kinetic equation for the velocity of each fluid
particle, i.e. the coordinates of the neighboring points around x are x+ui, where ui are the
discrete velocities. As shown in Fig. B.10, a 1-D lattice for a given volume has only three
directions (+1, 0, and -1), but a 2-D lattice can have 5 or 9 directions, while 27 directions are
possible for 3-D meshes. Each direction is associated with a certain fluid particle mass/volume
(i) which can be summed to give the macroscopic density, momentum and kinetic energy for
a given mesh volume as
N
=  i                                                                        B.105a
i=1
N
u =  iui                                                                    B.105b
i=1

3R g T               N
(ui  u) 2
=  i
2              i=1         2                                            B.105c

In these equations, N is the number of directions of particle velocity directions at each node,
e.g. N=3 for 1-D. To obtain the above macroscopic properties, the LB method uses a
convection/collision equation for the fluid particles at each node and in each direction, which
can be written as:
i (x  ui t, t  t)  i ( x, t)  F,i ( x, t)               for i=1,N     B.106
Therefore a set of transport equations are solved along discrete paths as compared to
conventional finite difference equation for which there is only one transport equation for
density. Thus the LB technique has more differential equations, but each is limited to specific
communication paths with other nodes, allowing computations to be done independently for
each path. For the RHS, F,i is the collision operator which represents the rate of change of
each fluid particle density resulting from collisions. It may be expressed as


F,i =  i  ieq /                                                        B.107

In this expression, ieq is local equilibrium distribution function and   is the equilibrium
relation time-scale to be consistent with pressure and shear stresses. The collision operator is
required to satisfy conservation of total mass and total momentum at each lattice:
N                                  N

F,i  0,
i=1
F
i=1
 ,i   ui  0.                      B.108

In 3-D flows, the collision process combined with the high number of components per cell
volume make this method resource intensive (memory and CPU) compared to other discrete
techniques. However, since it only requires nearest neighbor information it avoids the Poisson
equation for pressure (generally needed for incompressible flows) making it highly

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parallelizable. More work is needed to make it robust for highly compressible flows or flows
with large density ratios.

B.8. Direct Simulation Monte-Carlo Method
For flow conditions where the Knudsen number (Eq. 1.19) becomes finite, the governing
equations must adapt as shown in Fig. B.11. The above techniques coupled with the equations
in Appendix A are appropriate for continuum flow (Kn0), and can even be used for small but
finite Kn values so long as accommodation coefficients are included (Eq. 6.98a). However for
Knudsen number of order of unity or greater, it is important to simulate the finite molecular
spacing and collision effects. The most common numerical approach for this is the Direct-
Simulation Monte-Carlo Method (DSMC) which utilizes many random “representative”
molecular trajectories to represent the much larger number of actual molecules present in a
system (Bird, 1976). The DSMC method follows such molecules as they interact with each
other and any surface or flow boundaries. To focus on nearby interactions, the domain is
divided into cells and evaluated over discrete time intervals. A representative molecule is
considered within a cell when it is closest to the point which specifies that cell. As such, cells
need not be structured and may be simply a distribution of points in space, which is convenient
for complex domains. Furthermore, the molecular properties need not be stored with respect to
a cell to allow for efficient data storage. The cell population is chosen to be statistically
significant, e.g. on the order of 20 representative molecules. As with continuum CFD, the
DSMC cell sizes should be such that the flow properties do not substantially vary across a
single cell. Similarly, the time-step is chosen to be small compared to the mean collision time
per molecule (t«m-m) so that the molecular movement and collisions can be decoupled and
treated sequentially within the time-step period.
For unsteady flows, initial conditions are implemented by specifying random molecular
velocities that are consistent with the mean temperature and mean flow speed. At each time-
step, the molecules are first moved according to their individual velocities or introduced at an
inflow boundary. Appropriate action is taken if a molecule crosses a domain boundary (e.g.
leaves for outflow, returns with the same tangential velocity for symmetry, etc.). Then a
number of molecule-molecule collisions are simulated which are appropriate to the time-step,
mean collision rate, and the number of representative molecules in a cell. For each specified
collision to occur within a cell, two pairs of molecules are randomly selected to see whether
they should collide (Bird, 1976). This is determined by using an acceptance-rejection method
which is based on a random number generator and a Probability Distribution Function
determined from the relative velocities (neglecting relative positions) between the two
molecules. If a pair is rejected to collide, then another pair is selected and examined until a
collision is “accepted”. At this point, the pre-collision velocities are replaced by the post-
collision velocities using an inter-molecular force model, e.g. the inverse power law
approximation or a more sophisticated model which includes the attraction forces. To compute
mean properties, a sampling time is used which is much greater than the time-step thus
ensuring a large number of representative collisions have occurred. As with the (deterministic)
LB method, this technique is computationally intensive but is highly parallelizable as it
depends only on nearest neighbor information.

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