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eric weddle January 25, 2012 05:51

constitutive or closure relations
What exactly are constitutive or closure relations ?

I've read this term all over an CFD article I read, and I don't know the exact meaning of it.

Would you mind helping me?

cfdnewbie January 25, 2012 14:11

hey eric,
would is meant by that term is usually the "closure" for any unknowns in your solution. Let's say for the Navier-Stokes equations, you have 5 equations: momentum in 3 directions, mass and energy conservations. Your equations however contain 6 unknown (u,v,q,p,rho,T), so you need a sixth equation to close the system: the equation of state relating rho, p and T!

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