Comparison of the algorithms piso and simpler for solving pressure-velocity linked equations in simulating compartmental fire

Wan Ki Chow, F. L. Cheung

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This article reports a comparison of three algorithms SIMPLER, PISO, and iterative PISO, for solving pressure-velocity linked equations in simulating fire using the field modeling technique. The set of equations describing transient three-dimensional turbulent fluid flow induced by afire was solved. The standard k-e turbulent model is employed for describing the turbulent effect. Numerical experiments were performed in simulating the fire-induced flow and temperature in the large test room reported by Ingason and Olsson [IS], The predicted results using the three algorithms are compared with the experimental data. The results show that the iterative-type solution method is good for fire field modeling. Solutions predicted from the original noniterative PISO algorithm might not satisfy the continuity equation, but do give preliminary estimation for fire engineering application, as the required computation time is significantly reduced. The treatment of free boundary conditions for the cases studied are important in achieving a reasonably steady state solution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-112
Number of pages26
JournalNumerical Heat Transfer; Part A: Applications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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