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PISO algorithm (Pressure implicit with splitting of operator) was proposed by Issa in 1986 without iterations and with large time steps and a lesser computing effort. It is an extension of the SIMPLE algorithm used in CFD (computational fluid dynamics) to solve the Navier-Stokes equations. PISO is a pressure-velocity calculation procedure for the Navier-Stokes equations developed originally for non-iterative computation of unsteady compressible flow, but it has been adapted successfully to steady-state problems.

PISO involves one predictor step and two corrector steps and is designed to satisfy mass conservation using predictor-corrector steps.

Algorithm Steps

The algorithm can be summed up as follows:

  1. Set the boundary conditions.
  2. Solve the discretized momentum equation to compute an intermediate velocity field.
  3. Compute the mass fluxes at the cells faces.
  4. Solve the pressure equation.
  5. Correct the mass fluxes at the cell faces.
  6. Correct the velocities on the basis of the new pressure field.
  7. Update the boundary conditions.
  8. Repeat from 3 for the prescribed number of times.
  9. Increase the time step and repeat from 1.

As already seen for the SIMPLE algorithm, the steps 4 and 5 can be repeated for a prescribed number of time to correct for non-orthogonality.
predictor step
guess the pressure field p^* and get velocity field component u^* and v^* using Discretized momentum equation.The initial guess for the pressure may be correct or not.
corrector step 1
velocity component obtain from predictor step may not satisfy the continuity equation ,so we define correction factor p',v',u' pressure field and velocity field. solve momentum equation by put correct pressure p^{**} field and get corresponding correct velocity component u^{**} and v^{**}.

where ;
p^{**},v^{**},u^{**}  :correct pressure field and velocity component
p',v',u' :correction in pressure field and correction in velocity component
p^*,v^*,u^* :guessed pressure field and velocity component
we define as above p',v',u'. by put correct term of pressure field p^{**} in discretized momentum equation we get correct velocity component v^{**} and u^{**}. Once the pressure correction p' is known we can find correction component for the velocity v' and u' .

corrector step2 in piso another corrector step .
p^{***}=p^{**}+p''  ; p''=p^*+p'
u^{***}=u^{**}+u''  ; u''=u^*+u'
v^{***}=v^{**}+v''  ; v''=v^*+v'
where : P^{***},v^{***},u^{***} are respectively correct pressure field and correct velocity component
and p'',v'',u'' are second correction pressure and velocity field.
set p=p^{***}, v=v^{***}, u=u^{***} where ; p,v,u are correct pressure and velocity field

Advantages and disadvantages

  1. Generally gives more stable results and takes less CPU time but not suitable for all processes.
  2. Suitable numerical schemes for solving the pressure-velocity linked equation.
  3. For laminar backward facing step PISO is faster than SIMPLE but it slower for concerning flow through heated fin.
  4. If momentum and scalar equation have weak or no coupling then PISO is better than SIMPLEC.


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