Cartesian grid methods for fluid flow in complex geometries

D. Calhoun, R. LeVeque, "Cartesian grid methods for fluid flow in complex geometries", {Computational Modeling in Biological Fluid Dynamics}, 2001.


Biological fluid dynamics typically involves geometrically complicated structures which are often deforming in time. We give a brief overview of some approaches based on using fixed Cartesian grids instead of attempting to use a grid which conforms to the boundary. Both finite-difference and finite-volume methods are discussed , as well as a combined approach which has recently been used for computing incompressible flow using the streamfunction-vorticity formulation of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations.

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