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The treatment of spurious pressure modes in spectral incompressible flow calculations. (English) Zbl 0766.76059
Summary: Algorithms for the transient and steady state simulation of incompressible Newtonian and non-Newtonian flows are described for the primitive variable formulation of the governing equations. Spectral approximations are used for the spatial discretization. Attention is given to the satisfaction of the incompressibility constraint and the determination of the pressure. Spurious pressure modes are removed by means of a singular value decomposition. The corresponding velocity field is divergence free at all the collocation points. Numerical results are presented for Newtonian flow in a regularized driven square cavity and for non-Newtonian flow in a planar channel and in a journal bearing for a realistic range of material parameters.

76M20 Finite difference methods applied to problems in fluid mechanics
76D05 Navier-Stokes equations for incompressible viscous fluids
76A05 Non-Newtonian fluids
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