Get access

An implicit potential method for incompressible flows


Correspondence to: P. K. Papadopoulos, Department of Engineering Sciences, University of Patras, GR 26504 Patras, Greece.



In this paper, we consider a novel numerical scheme for solving incompressible flows on collocated grids. The implicit potential method utilizes an implicit potential velocity obtained from a Helmholtz decomposition for the mass conservation and employs a modified form of Bernoulli's law for the coupling of the velocity–pressure corrections. It requires the solution only of the momentum equations, does not involve the solution of additional partial differential equations for the pressure, and is applied on a collocated grid. The accuracy of the method is tested through comparison with analytical, experimental, and numerical data from the literature, and its efficiency and robustness are evaluated by solving several benchmark problems such as flow around a circular cylinder and in curved square and circular ducts.Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.