# src/navier-stokes/centered.h

# Incompressible Navier–Stokes solver (centered formulation)

We wish to approximate numerically the incompressible, variable-density Navier–Stokes equations $${\partial}_{t}\mathbf{\text{u}}+\nabla \cdot (\mathbf{\text{u}}\otimes \mathbf{\text{u}})=\frac{1}{\rho}[-\nabla p+\nabla \cdot (2\mu \mathbf{\text{D}})]+\mathbf{\text{a}}$$ $$\nabla \cdot \mathbf{\text{u}}=0$$ with the deformation tensor $\mathbf{\text{D}}=[\nabla \mathbf{\text{u}}+(\nabla \mathbf{\text{u}}{)}^{T}]/2$.

The scheme implemented here is close to that used in Gerris (Popinet, 2003, Popinet, 2009, Lagrée et al, 2011).

We will use the generic time loop, a CFL-limited timestep, the Bell-Collela-Glaz advection scheme and the implicit viscosity solver. If embedded boundaries are used, a different scheme is used for viscosity.

```
#include "run.h"
#include "timestep.h"
#include "bcg.h"
#if EMBED
# include "viscosity-embed.h"
#else
# include "viscosity.h"
#endif
```

The primary variables are the centered pressure field $p$ and the centered velocity field $\mathbf{\text{u}}$. The centered vector field $\mathbf{\text{g}}$ will contain pressure gradients and acceleration terms.

We will also need an auxilliary face velocity field ${\mathbf{\text{u}}}_{f}$ and the associated centered pressure field ${p}_{f}$.

```
scalar p[];
vector u[], g[];
scalar pf[];
face vector uf[];
```

In the case of variable density, the user will need to define both the face and centered specific volume fields ($\alpha $ and ${\alpha}_{c}$ respectively) i.e. $1/\rho $. If not specified by the user, these fields are set to one i.e. the density is unity.

Viscosity is set by defining the face dynamic viscosity $\mu $; default is zero.

The face field $\mathbf{\text{a}}$ defines the acceleration term; default is zero.

The statistics for the (multigrid) solution of the pressure Poisson problems and implicit viscosity are stored in *mgp*, *mgpf*, *mgu* respectively.

If *stokes* is set to *true*, the velocity advection term $\nabla \cdot (\mathbf{\text{u}}\otimes \mathbf{\text{u}})$ is omitted. This is a reference to Stokes flows for which inertia is negligible compared to viscosity.

```
(const) face vector μ = zerof, a = zerof, α = unityf;
(const) scalar ρ = unity;
mgstats mgp, mgpf, mgu;
bool stokes = false;
```

## Boundary conditions

For the default symmetric boundary conditions, we need to ensure that the normal component of the velocity is zero after projection. This means that, at the boundary, the acceleration $\mathbf{\text{a}}$ must be balanced by the pressure gradient. Taking care of boundary orientation and staggering of $\mathbf{\text{a}}$, this can be written

```
#define neumann_pressure(i) (a.n[i]*fm.n[i]/(α.n[i] + SEPS))
p[right] = neumann (neumann_pressure(ghost));
p[left] = neumann (- neumann_pressure(0));
#if AXI
uf.n[bottom] = 0.;
uf.t[bottom] = dirichlet(0); // since uf is multiplied by the metric which
// is zero on the axis of symmetry
p[top] = neumann (neumann_pressure(ghost));
#else // !AXI
# if dimension > 1
p[top] = neumann (neumann_pressure(ghost));
p[bottom] = neumann (- neumann_pressure(0));
# endif
# if dimension > 2
p[front] = neumann (neumann_pressure(ghost));
p[back] = neumann (- neumann_pressure(0));
# endif
#endif // !AXI
```

## Initial conditions

```
event defaults (i = 0)
{
CFL = 0.8;
```

The pressures are never dumped.

` p.nodump = pf.nodump = true;`

The default density field is set to unity (times the metric).

```
if (α.x.i == unityf.x.i) {
α = fm;
ρ = cm;
}
else if (!is_constant(α.x)) {
face vector alphav = α;
foreach_face()
alphav.x[] = fm.x[];
boundary ((scalar *){α});
}
```

On trees, refinement of the face-centered velocity field needs to preserve the divergence-free condition.

```
#if TREE
uf.x.refine = refine_face_solenoidal;
```

When using embedded boundaries, the restriction and prolongation operators need to take the boundary into account.

```
#if EMBED
for (scalar s in {p,u,g}) {
s.restriction = restriction_embed_linear;
s.refine = s.prolongation = refine_embed_linear;
}
#endif // EMBED
#endif // TREE
}
```

After user initialisation, we initialise the face velocity and fluid properties.

```
double dtmax;
event init (i = 0)
{
boundary ((scalar *){u});
trash ({uf});
foreach_face()
uf.x[] = fm.x[]*(u.x[] + u.x[-1])/2.;
boundary ((scalar *){uf});
```

We update fluid properties.

` event ("properties");`

We set the initial timestep (this is useful only when restoring from a previous run).

```
dtmax = DT;
event ("stability");
}
```

## Time integration

The timestep for this iteration is controlled by the CFL condition, applied to the face centered velocity field ${\mathbf{\text{u}}}_{f}$; and the timing of upcoming events.

```
event set_dtmax (i++,last) dtmax = DT;
event stability (i++,last) {
dt = dtnext (stokes ? dtmax : timestep (uf, dtmax));
}
```

If we are using VOF or diffuse tracers, we need to advance them (to time $t+\Delta t/2$) here. Note that this assumes that tracer fields are defined at time $t-\Delta t/2$ i.e. are lagging the velocity/pressure fields by half a timestep.

```
event vof (i++,last);
event tracer_advection (i++,last);
event tracer_diffusion (i++,last);
```

The fluid properties such as specific volume (fields $\alpha $ and ${\alpha}_{c}$) or dynamic viscosity (face field ${\mu}_{f}$) – at time $t+\Delta t/2$ – can be defined by overloading this event.

```
event properties (i++,last) {
boundary ({α, μ, ρ});
}
```

### Predicted face velocity field

For second-order in time integration of the velocity advection term $\nabla \cdot (\mathbf{\text{u}}\otimes \mathbf{\text{u}})$, we need to define the face velocity field ${\mathbf{\text{u}}}_{f}$ at time $t+\Delta t/2$. We use a version of the Bell-Collela-Glaz advection scheme and the pressure gradient and acceleration terms at time $t$ (stored in vector $\mathbf{\text{g}}$).

```
void prediction()
{
vector du;
foreach_dimension() {
scalar s = new scalar;
du.x = s;
}
if (u.x.gradient)
foreach()
foreach_dimension()
du.x[] = u.x.gradient (u.x[-1], u.x[], u.x[1])/Δ;
else
foreach()
foreach_dimension()
du.x[] = center_gradient (u.x);
boundary ((scalar *){du});
trash ({uf});
foreach_face() {
double un = dt*(u.x[] + u.x[-1])/(2.*Δ), s = sign(un);
int i = -(s + 1.)/2.;
uf.x[] = u.x[i] + (g.x[] + g.x[-1])*dt/4. + s*(1. - s*un)*du.x[i]*Δ/2.;
#if dimension > 1
if (fm.y[i,0] && fm.y[i,1]) {
double fyy = u.y[i] < 0. ? u.x[i,1] - u.x[i] : u.x[i] - u.x[i,-1];
uf.x[] -= dt*u.y[i]*fyy/(2.*Δ);
}
#endif
#if dimension > 2
if (fm.z[i,0,0] && fm.z[i,0,1]) {
double fzz = u.z[i] < 0. ? u.x[i,0,1] - u.x[i] : u.x[i] - u.x[i,0,-1];
uf.x[] -= dt*u.z[i]*fzz/(2.*Δ);
}
#endif
uf.x[] *= fm.x[];
}
boundary ((scalar *){uf});
delete ((scalar *){du});
}
```

### Advection term

We predict the face velocity field ${\mathbf{\text{u}}}_{f}$ at time $t+\Delta t/2$ then project it to make it divergence-free. We can then use it to compute the velocity advection term, using the standard Bell-Collela-Glaz advection scheme for each component of the velocity field.

```
event advection_term (i++,last)
{
if (!stokes) {
prediction();
mgpf = project (uf, pf, α, dt/2., mgpf.nrelax);
advection ((scalar *){u}, uf, dt, (scalar *){g});
}
}
```

### Viscous term

We first define a function which adds the pressure gradient and acceleration terms.

```
static void correction (double dt)
{
foreach()
foreach_dimension()
u.x[] += dt*g.x[];
boundary ((scalar *){u});
}
```

The viscous term is computed implicitly. We first add the pressure gradient and acceleration terms, as computed at time $t$, then call the implicit viscosity solver. We then remove the acceleration and pressure gradient terms as they will be replaced by their values at time $t+\Delta t$.

```
event viscous_term (i++,last)
{
if (constant(μ.x) != 0.) {
correction (dt);
mgu = viscosity (u, μ, ρ, dt, mgu.nrelax);
correction (-dt);
}
```

We reset the acceleration field (if it is not a constant).

```
if (!is_constant(a.x)) {
face vector af = a;
trash ({af});
foreach_face()
af.x[] = 0.;
}
}
```

### Acceleration term

The acceleration term $\mathbf{\text{a}}$ needs careful treatment as many equilibrium solutions depend on exact balance between the acceleration term and the pressure gradient: for example Laplace’s balance for surface tension or hydrostatic pressure in the presence of gravity.

To ensure a consistent discretisation, the acceleration term is defined on faces as are pressure gradients and the centered combined acceleration and pressure gradient term $\mathbf{\text{g}}$ is obtained by averaging.

The (provisionary) face velocity field at time $t+\Delta t$ is obtained by interpolation from the centered velocity field. The acceleration term is added.

```
event acceleration (i++,last)
{
trash ({uf});
foreach_face()
uf.x[] = fm.x[]*(face_value (u.x, 0) + dt*a.x[]);
boundary ((scalar *){uf, a});
}
```

## Approximate projection

This function constructs the centered pressure gradient and acceleration field *g* using the face-centered acceleration field *a* and the cell-centered pressure field *p*.

```
void centered_gradient (scalar p, vector g)
{
```

We first compute a face field ${\mathbf{\text{g}}}_{f}$ combining both acceleration and pressure gradient.

```
face vector gf[];
foreach_face()
gf.x[] = fm.x[]*a.x[] - α.x[]*(p[] - p[-1])/Δ;
boundary_flux ({gf});
```

We average these face values to obtain the centered, combined acceleration and pressure gradient field.

```
trash ({g});
foreach()
foreach_dimension()
g.x[] = (gf.x[] + gf.x[1])/(fm.x[] + fm.x[1] + SEPS);
boundary ((scalar *){g});
}
```

To get the pressure field at time $t+\Delta t$ we project the face velocity field (which will also be used for tracer advection at the next timestep). Then compute the centered gradient field *g*.

```
event projection (i++,last)
{
mgp = project (uf, p, α, dt, mgp.nrelax);
centered_gradient (p, g);
```

We add the gradient field *g* to the centered velocity field.

```
correction (dt);
}
```

Some derived solvers need to hook themselves at the end of the timestep.

`event end_timestep (i++, last);`

## Adaptivity

After mesh adaptation fluid properties need to be updated.

```
#if TREE
event adapt (i++,last) {
event ("properties");
}
#endif
```

## See also

## Usage

### Examples

- Atomisation of a pulsed liquid jet
- Bubble rising in a large tank
- Forced isotropic turbulence in a triply-periodic box
- Bénard–von Kármán Vortex Street for flow around a cylinder at Re=160
- Vortex shedding behind a sphere at Reynolds = 300
- Two-phase flow around RV Tangaroa

### Tests

- Axisymmetric mass conservation
- Capillary wave
- Couette flow between rotating cylinders
- Charge relaxation in an axisymmetric insulated conducting column
- Charge relaxation in a planar cross-section
- Stokes flow past a periodic array of cylinders
- Impact of a viscoelastic drop on a solid
- Gravity wave
- Hydrostatic balance with refined embedded boundaries
- Oldroyd-B lid-driven cavity
- Lid-driven cavity at Re=1000
- Shape oscillation of an inviscid droplet
- Axisymmetric Poiseuille flow
- Transient planar Poiseuille flow for a viscoelastic Oldroyd-B or FENE-P fluid
- Poiseuille flow in a periodic channel inclined at 45 degrees
- Stokes flow through a complex porous medium
- /home/popinet/basilisk/src/test/refine-axi.c.page
- Rising bubble
- Sessile drop
- Circular droplet in equilibrium
- Starting flow around a cylinder
- Taylor–Green vortices
- Equilibrium of a droplet suspended in an electric field
- Stability of the embedded face velocity interpolation
- Viscoelastic 2D drop in a Couette Newtonian shear flow
- Merging of two vortices (centered Euler solver)
- Wannier flow between rotating excentric cylinders