Lattice Bgk Model for Incompressible Navier–Stokes Equation

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Journal of Computational Physics 165, 288–306 (2000) doi:10.1006/jcph.2000.6616, available online at on

Lattice BGK Model for Incompressible Navier–Stokes Equation Zhaoli Guo,∗ Baochang Shi,† and Nengchao Wang†
∗ National Laboratory of Coal Combustion, and Department of Computer Science, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, People’s Republic of China; and †Department of Mathematics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, People’s Republic of China E-mail: Received May 10, 1999; revised February 28, 2000

Most of the existing lattice Boltzmann BGK models (LBGK) can be viewed as compressible schemes to simulate incompressible fluid flows. The compressible effect might lead to some undesirable errors in numerical simulations. In this paper a LBGK model without compressible effect is designed for simulating incompressible flows. The incompressible Navier–Stokes equations are exactly recovered from this incompressible LBGK model. Numerical simulations of the plane Poiseuille flow, the unsteady 2-D shear decaying flow, the driven cavity flow, and the flow around a circular cylinder are performed. The results agree well with the analytic solutions and the results of previous studies. c 2000 Academic Press Key Words: Lattice BGK method; Incompressible Navier–Stokes equation.


The Lattice Boltzmann BGK (LBGK) method is a new numerical scheme for simulating viscous compressible flows in the subsonic regime [2]. In recent years, LBGK has achieved great success in simulations of fluid flows and in modeling physics in fluids. Through multiscaling expansion [7], the compressible Navier–Stokes equations can be recovered from the lattice Boltzmann BGK equation on the assumptions that (i) the Mach number is small, and (ii) the density varies slowly. Therefore, theoretically the LBGK model can only be used to simulate compressible flows in the incompressible limit. When used for incompressible flows, it must be viewed as an artifical compressible method for the incompressible Navier–Stokes equations. In such circumstances, the LBGK solutions might depart from the direct solutions of the incompressible Navier–Stokes equations [14]; at least part of the departures might be attributable to the effects of the compressibility of the LBGK model. Some efforts have been made to reduce or eliminate such errors [7, 9, 13, 22]. However, most of these existing incompressible LBGK models can be used only to simulate steady 288

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flows. By neglecting terms of higher order Mach number in the equilibrium density distribution function, He and Luo [9] proposed an incompressible LBGK model in which the distribution function is of pressure representation. From the model, the incompressible Navier–Stokes equations in artificial compressible form can be derived. He’s model can be used for both incompressible steady and unsteady flows. However, before the model is used, the average pressure of the flow must be specified in advance. In some cases, especially in practical problems, the average pressure is not known or cannot be prescribed precisely. Furthermore, when used to simulate unsteady incompressible flows, the model requires an additional condition, T L/cs (T and L are characteristic time and length, respectively), to neglect the artifical compressible effect. Considering the significance of the incompressible Navier–Stokes equations in theory and applications, it is necessary to establish a LBGK model which can exactly model the incompressible Navier–Stokes equations in general. It is well known that the small Mach number limit is equivalent to the incompressible limit, so it is possible to set up a LBGK model which can properly model the incompressible Navier–Stokes equations only with the...

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