The system of governing equations for a single-component fluid, written to describe the mean flow properties, is cast in integral Cartesian form for an arbitrary control volume with differential surface area as follows:
where the vectors
are defined as
and the vector contains source terms such as body forces and energy sources.
Here , , , and are the density, velocity, total energy per unit mass, and pressure of the fluid, respectively. is the viscous stress tensor, and is the heat flux.
Total energy is related to the total enthalpy by
The Navier-Stokes equations as expressed in Equation 25.5-1 become (numerically) very stiff at low Mach number due to the disparity between the fluid velocity and the acoustic speed (speed of sound). This is also true for incompressible flows, regardless of the fluid velocity, because acoustic waves travel infinitely fast in an incompressible fluid (speed of sound is infinite). The numerical stiffness of the equations under these conditions results in poor convergence rates. This difficulty is overcome in FLUENT's density-based solver by employing a technique called (time-derivative) preconditioning [ 396].