Part 2 - Implicit Formulation

This post will focus on integrating turbulence models into Aither’s implicit solver. This includes calculation of the flux jacobians which are necessary for the implicit solver. A previous post covered integration with the explicit solver, which is a prerequisite to this post.

LU-SGS Method With Turbulence Equations

An excellent description of the LU-SGS method for the mean flow equations can be found in Blazek. The mean flow procedure remains unchanged because the turbulence equations are solved separately. The procedure for solving the turbulence equations with the LU-SGS is identical to that of the mean flow equations with the exception that the flux jacobians are different. As a review, the solution update is obtained with two sweeps, one forward and one backward over hyperplanes through the domain. Sweeping across hyperplanes allows the off-diagonal terms to be computed on-the-fly. The two sweeps along with the diagonal and off-diagonal matrices are shown below.

The equations above show that the source terms only contribute to the main diagonal. The LU-SGS method requires inversion of the main diagonal matrix. However a great computational savings can be incurred if the flux jacobians on the main diagonal are approximated by their spectral radii. Using this approximation makes the elements of the main diagonal scalars instead of matrices, so their inversion is trivial. These flux jacobian approximations are shown below.

As can be seen above, only the destruction terms are included in the source term flux jacobian. This treatment is detailed in Wilcox. It is beneficial because the source terms will only contribute to the diagonal dominance of the system, helping with stability.