Fourier analysis of the simple algorithm formulated on a collocated grid

Timothy F. Miller

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The Fourier error amplification matrix has been developed for the SIMPLE algorithm formulated on a collocated grid using the Rhie-Chow approximation. The cause of and remedy for the checkerboard pressure effect associated with collocated grid systems is shown. Comparisons with observations from the technical literature suggest that Fourier analysis is capable of describing algorithm operation. This analysis also suggests that there is a conditional relationship between the momentum underrelaxation factor and the pressure-correction damping factor for convergence of the collocated form, and indicates that the collocated form should serve as a superior multigrid smoother.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-66
Number of pages22
JournalNumerical Heat Transfer, Part B: Fundamentals
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Computer Science Applications


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