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Coupling of compressible and incompressible flow regions using the multiple pressure variables approach

Boger, M. and Jägle, F. and Munz , C.-D. and Klein, R. (2015) Coupling of compressible and incompressible flow regions using the multiple pressure variables approach. Mathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences, 38 (3). pp. 458-477.

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In many cases, multiphase flows are simulated on the basis of the incompressible Navier–Stokes equations. This assumption is valid as long as the density changes in the gas phase can be neglected. Yet, for certain technical applications such as fuel injection, this is no longer the case, and at least the gaseous phase has to be treated as a compressible fluid. In this paper, we consider the coupling of a compressible flow region to an incompressible one based on a splitting of the pressure into a thermodynamic and a hydrodynamic part. The compressible Euler equations are then connected to the Mach number zero limit equations in the other region. These limit equations can be solved analytically in one space dimension that allows to couple them to the solution of a half-Riemann problem on the compressible side with the help of velocity and pressure jump conditions across the interface. At the interface location, the flux terms for the compressible flow solver are provided by the coupling algorithms. The coupling is demonstrated in a one-dimensional framework by use of a discontinuous Galerkin scheme for compressible two-phase flow with a sharp interface tracking via a ghost-fluid type method. The coupling schemes are applied to two generic test cases. The computational results are compared with those obtained with the fully compressible two-phase flow solver, where the Mach number zero limit is approached by a weakly compressible fluid. For all cases, we obtain a very good agreement between the coupling approaches and the fully compressible solver.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:compressible flow; incompressible flow; multiple pressure variables; iterative coupling procedures; half-Riemann problem
Subjects:Mathematical and Computer Sciences > Mathematics > Applied Mathematics
Divisions:Department of Mathematics and Computer Science > Institute of Mathematics > Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Group
ID Code:1370
Deposited By: Ulrike Eickers
Deposited On:23 Jan 2014 12:20
Last Modified:21 Apr 2015 11:47

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