Volume 24, Issue 2
High-Order Vertex-Centered U-MUSCL Schemes for Turbulent Flows.

H. Q. Yang and Robert E. Harris


Commun. Comput. Phys., 24 (2018), pp. 356-382.

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  • Abstract

Many production and commercial unstructured CFD codes provide no better than 2nd-order spatial accuracy. Unlike structured grid procedures where there is an implied structured connectivity between neighboring grid points, for unstructured grids, it is more difficult to compute higher derivatives due to a lack of explicit connectivity beyond the first neighboring cells. Our goal is to develop a modular highorder scheme with low dissipation flux difference splitting that can be integrated into existing CFD codes for use in improving the solution accuracy and to enable better prediction of complex physics and noise mechanisms and propagation. In a previous study, a 3rd-order U-MUSCL scheme using a successive differentiation method was derived and implemented in FUN3D. Verification studies of the acoustic benchmark problems showed that the new scheme can achieve up to 4th-order accuracy. Application of the high-order scheme to acoustic transport and transition-to-turbulence problems demonstrated that with just 10% overhead, the solution accuracy can be dramatically improved by as much as a factor of eight. This paper examines the accuracy of the high-order scheme for turbulent flow over single and tandem cylinders. Considerably better agreement with experimental data is observed when using the new 3rd-order U-MUSCL scheme.

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Published online: 2018-08

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