Conference Dates

June 22-27, 2014


A modified Rhie-Chow/ PISO segregated algorithm is proposed, whic by construction avoids the development of spurious oscillations in the solution fields for low Mach number flow in heterogeneous, isotropic porous media. The collocated variable finite volume based algorithm modifies the commonly used Rhie-Chow interpolation to maintain a strong pressure-velocity coupling when large discontinuous implicit momentum sources are present. This Redistributed Resistivity PISO algorithm is based on a redistribution of the flow resistivity over the neighboring grid cells to the discontinuity. The proposed algorithm is successfully verified against published data for the velocity and pressure for two cases. The robustness of the proposed algorithm is also demonstrated for high reynolds number flows and low Darcy numbers, for which oscillatory free solutions are achieved.