On some numerical dissipation schemes

R. C. Swanson*, R. Radespiel, E. Turkel

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Several schemes for introducing an artificial dissipation into a central difference approximation to the Euler and Navier-Stokes equations are considered. The focus of the paper is on the convective upwind and split pressure (CUSP) scheme, which is designed to support single interior point discrete shock waves. This scheme is analyzed and compared in detail with scalar dissipation and matrix dissipation (MATD) schemes. Resolution capability is determined by solving subsonic, transonic, and hypersonic flow problems. A finite-volume discretization and a multistage time-stepping scheme with multigrid are used to compute solutions to the flow equations. Numerical solutions are also compared with either theoretical solutions or experimental data. For transonic airfoil flows the best accuracy on coarse meshes for aerodynamic coefficients is obtained with a simple MATD scheme. The coarse-grid accuracy for the original CUSP scheme is improved by modifying the limiter function used with the scheme, giving comparable accuracy to that obtained with the MATD scheme. The modifications reduce the background dissipation and provide control over the regions where the scheme can become first order.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)518-544
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Computational Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 10 Dec 1998


  • Euler
  • Navier-Stokes
  • Numerical dissipation


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