Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Application of a spectral element method to two-dimensional forward-facing step flow
Authors: Wilhelm, Dirk
Kleiser, L.
DOI: 10.1023/A:1015178831786
Published in: Journal of Scientific Computing
Volume(Issue): 17
Issue: 1-4
Pages: 619
Pages to: 627
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Springer
ISSN: 0885-7474
Language: English
Subject (DDC): 
Abstract: In the present study, we investigate the two-dimensional laminar flow through a one-sided constriction of a plane channel with a ratio of h:H=1:4 (where h is the step height and H is the channel height). The computational approach employed is based on a mixed implicit/explicit time discretization scheme together with a highly accurate spatial discretization using a P_N−P_N−2 spectral-element method. It is well known that this so-called forward-facing step (FFS) flow exhibits a singularity in the pressure and the velocity derivatives at the corner point. We account for this singularity by a geometric mesh refinement strategy that was proposed in a hp-FEM context. A detailed numerical study of the FFS flow reveals that length and height of the recirculation zone in front of the step are almost constant for creeping flow. In the limit of high Reynolds numbers the length and height of the recirculation zone increase proportional to Re^0.6 and Re^0.2, respectively.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Applied Mathematics and Physics (IAMP)
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