Evaluation and Comparison of Bounding Techniques for Convection-Diffusion Problems

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M. A. R. Sharif

Department of Engineering Mechanics, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 34587

A. A. Busnaina

Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY 13676

J. Fluids Eng 115(1), 33-40 (Mar 01, 1993) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910109 History: Received March 19, 1991; Online May 23, 2008


The effects of bounding the skew upwind and the second-order upwind discretization schemes for the convection terms in convection-diffusion transport equations have been studied. Earlier studies indicated that these two schemes produce less numerical diffusion but introduce unacceptable numerical dispersion or oscillations in the solution if not bounded. A simplified analytical treatment exploring the reason for this behavior is presented. Two bounding techniques, the flux-corrected transport and the filtering remedy and methodology were evaluated. Test problems used in the evaluation are (i) one-dimensional convection of a rectangular pulse, (ii) transport of a scalar step in a uniform velocity field at an angle to the grid lines, (iii) Smith and Hutton problem, (iv) two-dimensional convection of a square scalar pulse in a uniform velocity field at an angle to the grid lines, and (v) two interacting parallel streams moving at an angle to the grid lines. The results indicate that the flux-corrected transport eliminates the oscillations in the solution without introducing any additional numerical diffusion when used with both schemes. The filtering remedy and methodology also eliminates the oscillation when used with the skew upwind scheme. This technique, however, is not effective in reducing the over-shoots when used with the second-order upwind scheme.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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