Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
In the present paper, preconditioning of iterative equation solvers for the Navier-Stokes equations is investigated. The Navier-Stokes equations are solved for the mixed finite element formulation. The linear equation solvers used are the orthomin and the Bi-CGSTAB algorithms. The storage structure of the equation matrix is given special attention in order to avoid swapping and thereby increase the speed of the preconditioner. The preconditioners considered are Jacobian, SSOR and incomplete LU preconditioning of the matrix associated with the velocities. A new incomplete LU preconditioning with fill-in for the pressure matrix at locations in the matrix where the corner nodes are coupled is designed. For all preconditioners, inner iterations are investigated for possible improvement of the preconditioning. Numerical experiments are executed both in two and three dimensions.
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