WIAS Preprint No. 2171, (2015)

Projection methods for incompressible flow problems with WENO finite difference schemes


  • de Frutos, Javier
  • John, Volker
    ORCID: 0000-0002-2711-4409
  • Novo, Julia

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 65M06


  • incompressible Navier-Stokes equations, finite difference, WENO schemes, non-incremental projection methods, incremental projection methods, PSPG-type stabilization


Weighted essentially non-oscillatory (WENO) finite difference schemes have been recommended in a competitive study of discretizations for scalar evolutionary convection-diffusion equations [20]. This paper explores the applicability of these schemes for the simulation of incompressible flows. To this end, WENO schemes are used in several non-incremental and incremental projection methods for the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations. Velocity and pressure are discretized on the same grid. A pressure stabilization Petrov-Galerkin (PSPG) type of stabilization is introduced in the incremental schemes to account for the violation of the discrete inf-sup condition. Algorithmic aspects of the proposed schemes are discussed. The schemes are studied on several examples with different features. It is shown that the WENO finite difference idea can be transferred to the simulation of incompressible flows. Some shortcomings of the methods, which are due to the splitting in projection schemes, become also obvious.

Appeared in

  • J. Comput. Phys., 309 (2016) pp. 368--386.

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