A robust and efficient finite volume scheme for the discretization of diffusive flux on extremely skewed meshes in complex geometries

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Journal of Computational Physics
Saturday, August 1, 2009

In this paper an improved finite volume scheme to discretize diffusive flux on a non-orthogonal mesh is proposed. This approach, based on an iterative technique initially suggested by Khosla and known as deferred correction, has been intensively utilized by Muzaferija and later Fergizer and Peric to deal with the non-orthogonality of the control volumes. Using a more suitable decomposition of the normal gradient, our scheme gives accurate solutions in geometries where the basic idea of Muzaferija fails. First the performances of both schemes are compared for a Poisson problem solved in quadrangular domains where control volumes are increasingly skewed in order to test their robustness and efficiency. It is shown that convergence properties and the accuracy order of the solution are not degraded even on extremely skewed mesh. Next, the very stable behavior of the method is successfully demonstrated on a randomly distorted grid as well as on an anisotropically distorted one. Finally we compare the solution obtained for quadrilateral control volumes to the ones obtained with a finite element code and with an unstructured version of our finite volume code for triangular control volumes. No differences can be observed between the different solutions, which demonstrates the effectiveness of our approach.

2009 Elsevier Inc.
Author Name: 
Philippe Traoré
Christophe Louste
Yves Marcel Ahipo
Paul Sabatier Toulouse