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25.8.4 Choosing the Density Interpolation Scheme

As discussed in Section  25.4.2, four density interpolation schemes are available when the pressure-based solver is used to solve a single-phase compressible flow.

The first-order upwind scheme (the default) provides stability for the discretization of the pressure-correction equation, and gives good results for most classes of flows. If you are calculating a compressible flow with shocks, the first-order upwind scheme may tend to smooth the shocks; you should use the second-order-upwind or QUICK scheme for such flows. For compressible flows with shocks, using the QUICK scheme for all variables, including density, is highly recommended for quadrilateral, hexahedral, or hybrid meshes. The third-order MUSCL scheme is applicable to arbitrary meshes and has the potential to improve spatial accuracy for all types of meshes by reducing numerical diffusion.


In the case of multiphase flows, the selected density scheme is applied to the compressible phase and arithmetic averaging is used for incompressible phases.

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