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June 15, 2012, 08:20 
Coefficients discretized momentum equation

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Dear CFDonliners,
I came across a question when trying to solve the momentum equation following Patankar's book (1980) indications. When solving a general transport equation for a certain variable , the discretized form takes the form: , where P,E,W,N,S stand for point, east face, west face, north face and south face, respectively. The coefficients depend on the type of numerical scheme used (central differences, upwind, exponential, power law...). My question: how do we calculate the discretization coefficients for the momentum equations u and v? can we just assume that the momentum equations are another set of convectiondiffusion equations, where the variable are u and v? Then we could just use the same method as before (upwind, power law, ...). Any help will be welcome. Thanks in advance . 

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Hi Chris, I found later in Patankar's book that we could just use any differentiation scheme for the diffusive and convective terms in the momentum equation, as it is done for general convectiondiffusion equations (I also found the coefficients I was looking for in Versteeg&Malalasekera book).
Yes, I will treat the pressure gradient term differently don't worry. I appreciate your reply anyway. Cheers. 

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The momentum equations are EXACTLY convectiondiffusion equations with a source term. In this case the source term is the pressure gradient (dp/dx_i) + cross derivative of velocity (du_j/dx_i). (here d is partial derivative) It can be discretized using the same schemes as the ones used for any scalar transport equation. The scalars here are the componnents of the velocity vector u and v. 

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