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Old   June 9, 2004, 04:21
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Which is the most widely used method in CFD (FDM, FVM, and FEM) and why? Also please give an example of the kind of problems each method is suited for.
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Old   June 9, 2004, 16:25
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Firstly - FDM is suited only for structured, orthogonal meshes. FEM is used in some areas with success, but general application is problematic due to problems in derivation of a weak formulation for all the fancy equations arising in CFD. FVM is by far the most popular.

For a simple into to the three approaches see e.g. http://www.eng.warwick.ac.uk/staff/cts/cfdbook/

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