Viscous/Inviscid Interaction Procedures Based on Domain Decomposition Techniques

In these zonal procedures, the flow field is divided into two regions. To patch the two regions, an overlap layer, where the equations on both sides are valid, must exist.

Quarteroni and Valli [37] studied direct coupling of the Euler and Navier-Stokes equations. The motivation is clear. Away from the body, the grid is usually coarse and the viscous terms are not resolved and are not needed anyway, hence they are switched off. It turns out that errors can be reflected at the interface. Some fixes are possible however, but the general case is complicated.

To demonstrate some of these ideas, we will use stream function/vorticity formu­lation for incompressible two-dimensional steady laminar flow. The Navier-Stokes equations in Cartesian coordinates are given by

Viscous/Inviscid Interaction Procedures Based on Domain Decomposition Techniques Viscous/Inviscid Interaction Procedures Based on Domain Decomposition Techniques
Подпись: (9.86)


The boundary conditions on a solid surface are given in terms of ф (u is unknown there), namely ф = const and дф/дn = 0, where n is the normal direction to the surface. For multi-connected domain, special treatment is required to assign the level of ф on each closed body.

For high Reynolds number flows, upwind differences are used for the convective terms of the vorticity equation. Moreover, thin layer approximations (or partially parabolized Navier-Stokes equations) may be used, where the second derivatives in the tangential direction of the main flow in the vorticity equation, uxx, is neglected.

Notice, neglecting i^xx compared to фуу as well, will lead to the boundary layer approximations and the equations become parabolic, where upstream effect is not possible. hence, the name of partially parabolized equations, where only uxx is neglected.

Obviously, the flow in the whole domain can be simulated using a stretched grid and iterative methods of the discrete equations coupled, for example successive line iteration can be used with 2 x 2 block tridiagonal solver, marching in the flow direction. Several sweeps are required for convergence.

Now, one can split the domain in two regions. in the outer one, vorticity vanishes and the vorticity equation is not needed. The question is where should the interface be? One can calculate the viscous terms, from the previous iteration, and if they are relatively small, they are switched off. Here, for convenience, the two regions are fixed a priori using rough boundary layer estimates.

To see the effect of switching off the vorticity in the outer region, the same numer­ical method described before for the whole domain is used. Comparison of accuracy of the results (i. e. friction drag) and the convergence of iterations for different sizes of the viscous region may assess the merit of this zonal approach (see Halim and Hafez [38], Tang and Hafez [39]), Hafez and Guo [40].

To take advantage of the different scales involved, one may solve the viscous and inviscid flow problems separately, hence a coupling procedure is needed. Two possibilities will be discussed.

In the first method, the viscous flow calculations provide фу as boundary condition for the inviscid flow calculations, while the inviscid flow calculations provide in return фі and (фп)i for the viscous flow calculations, as shown in Fig. 9.11.

Again, the size of the overlap region must be determined based on the accuracy of the results and the convergence of iterations.

Viscous/Inviscid Interaction Procedures Based on Domain Decomposition Techniques

far field



solid body

Fig. 9.11 Sketch for method 1

In the second method, a coupling formula is introduced along the interface. The only requirement for the coupling formula is to be consistent (i. e. it does not upset the converged solution), see for example Carter’s formula [25] or semi-inverse incom­pressible flow example used by Cebeci [28] for transonic flow calculations. It is argued, however, a “better” coupling formula can be introduced if the flow physics is taken into consideration.

Подпись: far field Fig. 9.12 Sketch for method 2

An application to our simple problem is shown in Fig. 9.12.

According to Carter, a coupling formula for a semi-inverse implicit procedure could be

ФП+1 = ФПp + a(ui – uv) (9.88)

where ui is the velocity component calculated from the inviscid flow region and uv is the velocity component calculated from the viscous flow region.

Подпись: фі, Подпись: фi, Viscous/Inviscid Interaction Procedures Based on Domain Decomposition Techniques Подпись: 2ФП p + ФП p-1 Ay2 Подпись: (9.89)

In the above formula, a is a free parameter. However, since the interface must lie in a region where both the viscous and inviscid flow equations are valid, one can choose the coupling formula as follows

The first term on the right-hand-side is evaluated at level n + 1, leading to an implicit formula for фі, p and requires a tridiagonal solver.

Подпись: (9.90)

Подпись: 2 д25ф гд5ф (1 - M ) — + ^ + аЗф dx2 dx
Подпись: T( + r(P ? dx p dx dy p dy

In general, the interface equation may be the governing equation for ф, hence the coupling formula may be given for low speed flow, by

where 5ф is the correction, M is the local Mach number and p is the artificial density. Notice a should be zero for supersonic flow regions, according to the Fourier analysis!

In the above method, the overlap region consists of only three horizontal lines. The updated values of Ф p is used for both the inviscid and viscous flow regions. The latter requires also фі_p+1 to calculate ui = (фі_p+1 – фі, p)/Ay.

In general, methods with larger overlap region have better convergence. In the fol­lowing, methods using all the viscous region as an overlap region will be considered and their merits will be discussed.

Consider the same simple problem with the following splitting, method 3, Fig.9.13:

In this method, the streamfunction equation is solved in the whole domain, assum­ing w is known (in the viscous layer) and using only the no penetration boundary

Подпись: far fieldПодпись: flowПодпись:Fig. 9.13 Sketch for method 3

condition on the solid surface (ф = const). The no slip condition, фп = 0, is not imposed on this step of the calculations. The viscous flow is solved as usual with the two interface conditions and the no slip and no penetration conditions at the solid surface. The vorticity calculated, in the viscous flow region, is used as a forcing function distributed over part of the domain for the first calculations. The overlap region, now, is the whole viscous flow region. Moreover, the forcing function, ш, is distributed over the whole viscous flow region. An example of this method is given in [39] for the trailing edge flow and good comparison with the full Navier-Stokes equations and triple deck theory calculations is shown.

The same example is solved in [41], using potential formulation augmented with velocity correction in the viscous layer. The governing equations are

Подпись: (9.91) (9.92) Подпись: (9.93)Подпись: (9.94)дф

u= + u+U

д x



The continuity equation becomes

д2ф д2ф ди

дх2 + ду2 дх

In the momentum equation

Подпись: дp 1 д2и дх + Re ду2 ди ди и + v дх ду

the pressure term is approximated via linearized Bernoulli’s law, p = p0 – pUи. Notice, и = фх varies with у inside the viscous flow region. This formulation is similar to Cousteix’ recent analysis [23].

The augmented potential equation is solved everywhere with the forcing function – их, distributed in the viscous layer. Only the no penetration фп = 0 boundary condition at the solid surface is imposed. The momentum equation is solved for и with the pressure gradient given in terms of фх as a forcing function and the no slip boundary condition at the solid surface and и = фх + U at the interface (i. e. и = 0 there).

A more general formulation is adopted in [41] for the simulation of viscous flow over a rotating cylinder, where


и = + и + U дх



v = + v ду


Viscous/Inviscid Interaction Procedures Based on Domain Decomposition Techniques
Viscous/Inviscid Interaction Procedures Based on Domain Decomposition Techniques

Both the x – and the у-momentum equations are used to update и and v. The pressure terms are still evaluated based on Bernoulli’s law and in terms of фх and


The results for finite flat plate and rotating cylinders are shown in Figs. 9.14, 9.15 and 9.16.

Finally, the approximation of the pressure in terms of фх and фу, using Bernoulli’s law can be removed. The pressure can be evaluated by integrating the normal momen­tum equation inwards, from the interface to the solid body and thus the formulation, in the viscous flow region, becomes completely equivalent to the Navier-Stokes equa­tions. This variable fidelity formulation has been used to simulate shock wave/laminar boundary layer interaction and the comparison with results of Navier-Stokes equa-

Viscous/Inviscid Interaction Procedures Based on Domain Decomposition Techniques

Fig. 9.16

Fig. 9.18 tionsis given in Ref. [42]. Figures 9.17 and 9.18 from Ref. [42] show the wall pressure distribution and the Mach contours respectively.

The same method has been used to simulate transonic flows with shocks over airfoils and wings, see Hafez and Wahba [43-45]. It is claimed that the domain decomposition technique allows to use multigrid and upwind schemes more effl- ciently.

Viscous/inviscid interaction procedures for unsteady flows are discussed in Ref. [46, 47].

9.2 Summary of Chapter 9

Two main approaches are discussed in this chapter. The first one is based on the dis­placement thickness concept and the inviscid flow and boundary layer calculations are coupled through the displacement thickness and the streamwise pressure distri­bution. The inviscid flow and boundary layer calculations can be based on integral formulations or finite discrete approximation techniques and the four possibilities are covered. In the case where both calculations are based on integral formulations, quasi-one dimensional flow in a nozzle is studied via Pollhausen method, extended to compressible flow by Gruschwitz and by Oswatisch, as well as incompressible and supersonic flows over thin airfoils. Also, the potential flow calculation based on the streamfunction formulation, for two-dimensional flows, is coupled with the integral momentum equation. Coupling Euler calculations with boundary layer calculations are discussed in details, using several ideas.

Finally, coupling the numerical solution of the field equations of inviscid and boundary layer equations is briefly reviewed.

In the second approach, heterogeneous domain decomposition is used to cou­ple potential and Euler calculations with solutions of boundary layer or thin layer approximation of the Navier-Stokes equations. Streamfunction/vorticity formulation is described to demonstrate the concept, and potential formulation augmented with vorticity correction terms is used for compressible flow calculations.


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