Effects of preconditioning on the accuracy and efficiency of incompressible flows

S. Patel, D. Drikakis

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An investigation of some form of preconditioning approach for the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations is presented. We have implemented preconditioning in conjunction with a high-resolution (characteristics-based) scheme for the advective terms, a non-linear multigrid algorithm and an explicit fourth-order, total variation diminishing (TVD) Runge-Kutta scheme. Computations have been carried out for flows through suddenly-expanded and expanded-contracted geometries, for a broad range of Reynolds numbers, featuring flow separation as well as instabilities. We present comparisons of the preconditioned and non-preconditioned solutions against experimental and previous computational results and show that for the cases exhibiting instabilities, preconditioning has a positive effect on the convergence, but the accuracy is adversely affected. Further investigations of other forms of preconditioning need to be performed in order to shed light on the above issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)963-970
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids
Issue number8-9
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2005


  • High-resolution methods
  • Incompressible flows
  • Instabilities
  • Preconditioning


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