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An improved interpolation scheme for finite volume simulations on unstructured meshes

Authors: Samuel K. M. Chenoweth, Julio Soria and Andrew Ooi
Journal: Math. Comp. 82 (2013), 803-830
MSC (2010): Primary 65D05
Published electronically: November 14, 2012
MathSciNet review: 3008839
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Abstract: The unstructured bilinear interpolation scheme of Kim and Choi (2000) is claimed to be second order accurate on the basis of empirical results from finite volume simulations of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations. In this paper, the scheme is analysed theoretically, and is shown to be only first order accurate for function interpolation and zeroth order accurate for spatial derivative approximation, in the general case. A number of special cases exist, however, where higher order accuracy may be obtained, and these are identified in this paper. Since the mesh used by Kim and Choi to demonstrate the accuracy of their scheme was one of these special cases, this explains their results. Finally, an improved version of Kim and Choi's scheme is presented, which is shown to be truly second order accurate for function interpolation and first order accurate for spatial derivative approximation.

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Samuel K. M. Chenoweth
Affiliation: P.O. Box 1026, Salisbury, South Australia, S108, Australia

Julio Soria
Affiliation: Laboratory for Turbulence Research in Aerospace and Combustion, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Monash University, Victoria, 3800, Australia

Andrew Ooi
Affiliation: Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne, Victoria, 3010, Australia

Keywords: Interpolation, unstructured meshes
Received by editor(s): June 24, 2010
Received by editor(s) in revised form: May 29, 2011
Published electronically: November 14, 2012
Additional Notes: The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the Australian Research Council for this research through grant DP0556098.
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