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CONVERGE™ Minimizes Artificial Viscosity to Produce Highly Accurate Results

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It is well known that when solving the discretized Navier Stokes equations, an additional diffusion is present which enhances the diffusivity.  This extra diffusion, called “numerical viscosity,” is a non-physical artifact of CFD and should be considered when analyzing CFD results.  

One way to test the level of numerical viscosity in a CFD solver is to simulate the mixing of two fluids (with different temperatures) and set the fluid diffusion coefficients to zero. For such a conceptualized case, the theoretical temperature profile should contain a discontinuity.  If the CFD solution shows any smearing, then we can safely assert that the numerical scheme contains numerical diffusion.

Learn more about minimizing numerical diffusion with CONVERGE™ in this paper: Numerical Viscosity

 

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