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Old   October 15, 2013, 16:06
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Hi all...
I am a newbie to openfoam and cfd.
I cant understand the finite volume calculus described in openfoam as a discretization method. I can't understand what exactly is that. I couldn't find any such method in text books etc.
I will be grateful to get some hint regarding the topic.

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Hello, Sujatha.

OpenFOAM uses finite volume method (FVM) to discretize differential equations. FVM can easily be found in most of CFD books.
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Hi Sujatha,

Even i am a new member
Kindly Go through "Jasak, H.: Error analysis and estimation for the Finite Volume method with applications to fluid flows, PhD. Thesis, Imperial College, University of London, 1996" this thesis.

this will give you more insight

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Thank you Artem and Sam ho for your quick response.
But I was asking about FINITE VOLUME CALCULUS mentioned in page 29 of programmers guide of OpenFOAM 2.2.1 and not finite volume method or are both the same thing said in different names, if so please explain the significance of such a differentiation.
I guess this time I have made my doubt specific.

"Each term in a PDE is represented individually in OpenFOAM code using the classes
of static functions finiteVolumeMethod and finiteVolumeCalculus, ".......page 29 of programmers guide

I will be grateful to get any response.
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Hello, Sujatha.
Functions located under namespace fvm (FiniteVolumeMethod) return you coefficients for matrix equation (central a_p and neighbours a_nb). At the other hand, functions located under namespace fvc (FiniteVolumeCalculus) return you fields.
E.g. fvm::div(phi, A), with phi being convective flux and A being scalar parameter, gives you matrix with coefficients, which you can solve with respect to A. fvc::div(phi*A) gives you just sink or source values of parameter A from convection of A through faces.
Basically, it's implicit (fvm) and explicit (fvc) discretisations.
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Thank you Artem. This explanations now helps me. I really wanted to confirm that both the names implies the same method of discretization.
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