A novel SIMPLE-based pressure-enthalpy coupling scheme for engine flow problems
A novel method in CFD derived from the SIMPLE algorithm is presented. Instead of solving the linear equations for each variable and the pressurecorrection equation separately in a so-called segregated manner, it relies on the solution of a linear system that comprises the discretisation of enthalpy and pressurecorrection equation which are linked through physical coupling terms. These coupling terms reflect a more accurate approximation of the density update with respect to thermodynamics (compared to standard SIMPLE method). We show that the novel method is a reasonable extension of existing CFD techniques for variable density flows based on SIMPLE. The novel method leads to a reduction of the number of iterations of SIMPLE which translates in many – but not in all – cases to a reduction in computing time. We will therefore demonstrate practical advantages and restrictions in terms of computational efficiency for industrial CFD applications in the field of piston engine simulations.
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