Finite Point Low Mach Number Algorithm for Unsteady Nonisothermal Flows: Application to the Study of Reactive Flow Past a Thin Catalytic Wire Articles uri icon

publication date

  • December 2009

start page

  • 983

end page

  • 1003


  • 11


  • 55

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1040-7782

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1521-0634


  • A numerical algorithm is presented for the solution of low Mach number unsteady nonisothermal flows at moderate Reynolds numbers (Re ∼ 100) with variable transport properties. The low Mach number limit is approached by using a relaxation method of the pseudo-compressibility type that has proved to be numerically robust and accurate enough to be used in industrial applications. Time integration is explicit and space integration is based on a finite point approach. Solver validation includes a sensitivity analysis and a comparison with previously published results concerning the flow around heated cylinders at different Re and temperature loadings. Then, the solver is applied to calculate the flow of a reacting mixture past a thin catalytic wire, a problem of interest for power MEMS design (micro catalytic reactors), aiming to determine the chemical-to-thermal energy conversion rate at the catalytic wire