Modeling Techniques

Anyone who has used CFD extensively will have his own preferences and prejudices for what are the best numerical methods to use.  The articles in this section explain some of the modeling techniques the author has used and why he believes they are good choices with respect to other methods.

These articles center on the FAVOR (Fractional-Area-Volume-Obstacle-Representation) method and the VOF (Volume-of-Fluid) method.  When modeling fluid flow around complex obstacles many practitioners prefer to use computational grids that are deformed to the shape of the obstacles, these are generally referred to as body-fitted grids.  The FAVOR method, in contrast, employees easy to generate rectangular grids whose elements are assigned fractional areas and volumes.  The connection between these approaches is discussed in the articles FAVOR vs. Body-Fitted Coordinates and No Loss with FAVOR.

The tracking of fluid surfaces or interfaces using the VOF has become quite popular; however, the idea behind this technique has been used or modified in numerous ways by different groups.  The article VOF – What’s in a Name? explains why the original method is superior to its many derivatives.