International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics (INT J COMPUT FLUID D)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Journal description

The aim of the International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics is a continuous and timely dissemination of new and innovative CFD research and developments. The journal is a truly interdisciplinary forum for CFD, and publishes refereed papers on the latest advances in numerical methods in fluid dynamics and their applications to the aeronautrics, hydrodynamics, environmental, and power and process fields. The journal has a distinctive and balanced international contribution, with emphasis on papers dealing with efficient methods to produce accurate predictive numerical tools for flow analysis and design, and those promoting the understanding of the physics of fluid motion. Relevant and innovative practical and industrial applications, as well as those of an interdisciplinary nature, are strongly encouraged.

Current impact factor: 0.88

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 0.875
2013 Impact Factor 0.716
2012 Impact Factor 0.87
2011 Impact Factor 0.943
2010 Impact Factor 0.704
2009 Impact Factor 0.571
2008 Impact Factor 0.43
2007 Impact Factor 0.314
2006 Impact Factor 0.383
2005 Impact Factor 0.434
2004 Impact Factor 0.485
2003 Impact Factor 0.373
2002 Impact Factor 0.238
2001 Impact Factor 0.354
2000 Impact Factor 0.299
1999 Impact Factor 0.271
1998 Impact Factor 0.274
1997 Impact Factor 0.222

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 0.84
Cited half-life 8.00
Immediacy index 0.00
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.37
Website International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics website
Other titles International journal of computational fluid dynamics (Online), Computational fluid dynamics
ISSN 1061-8562
OCLC 49941636
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: This computational study shows, for the first time, a clear transition to two-dimensional Hopf bifurcation for laminar incompressible flows in symmetric plane expansion channels. Due to the well-known extreme sensitivity of this study on computational mesh, the critical Reynolds numbers for both the known symmetry-breaking (pitchfork) bifurcation and Hopf bifurcation were investigated for several layers of mesh refinement. It is found that under-refined meshes lead to an overestimation of the critical Reynolds number for the symmetry breaking and an underestimation of the critical Reynolds number for the Hopf bifurcation.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics
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    ABSTRACT: Local scour has been identified as the main factor that causes failures of structures in offshore engineering. Numerous research efforts have been devoted to local scour around offshore pipelines in the past. In this paper, a finite element numerical model is established for simulating local scour below offshore pipelines in steady currents. The flow is simulated by solving the unsteady Reynolds-averaged Navier–Stokes equations with a standard k − ϵ turbulent model closure. A sand slide scheme is proposed for the scour calculation, and bed load is considered in the proposed scour model. To account for changes in bed level, the moving mesh method is adopted to capture the water–sediment interface (bed), and the change of bed level is calculated by solving Exner–Polya equation. All the equations are discretised within the two-step Taylor–Galerkin algorithm in this paper. It is found that the sand slide model works well for the simulation of the scour, and the numerical results are shown to be in good agreement with the available experimental data.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics
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    ABSTRACT: A vertical 2Dxz laterally averaged hydrodynamic model is presented in this paper to study the aeration process in lakes. The system exhibits highly nonlinear behaviour due to the phenomena involved such as stratification, air concentration, and convective terms. The suggested model is used to simulate mechanical aeration to overcome and prevent the eutrophication in lakes. The multiquadric radial basis functions are used to solve numerically the governing partial differential equations. Because of the difficulty and the complexity when choosing a suitable shape parameter in radial basis functions, an alternative way is introduced in this work to overcome these difficulties. A validation study is carried out using several test examples, including Poisson, Navier–Stokes and transport equations. Finally, the proposed model is first applied to simulate a squared domain aeration problem and then a real test case has been considered. The obtained results are in good agreement with the results reported in the literature.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics
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    ABSTRACT: In this paper, direct numerical simulation is performed to investigate a pulsatile flow in a constricted channel to gain physical insights into laminar–turbulent–laminar flow transitions. An in-house computer code is used to conduct numerical simulations based on available high-performance shared memory parallel computing facilities. The Womersley number tested is fixed to 10.5 and the Reynolds number varies from 500 to 2000. The influences of the degree of stenosis and pulsatile conditions on flow transitions and structures are investigated. In the region upstream of the stenosis, the flow pattern is primarily laminar. Immediately after the stenosis, the flow recirculates under an adverse streamwise pressure gradient, and the flow pattern transitions from laminar to turbulent. In the region far downstream of the stenosis, the flow becomes re-laminarised. The physical characteristics of the flow field have been thoroughly analysed in terms of the mean streamwise velocity, turbulence kinetic energy, viscous wall shear stresses, wall pressure and turbulence kinetic energy spectra.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics
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    ABSTRACT: This paper analyses the effects of considering non-reflective (characteristic boundary conditions) versus reflective boundary conditions (BCs) on the flow past a square object. We observe a clear dependence of the force exerted over the obstacle on the choice of BCs. Recirculation lengths, lift and drag coefficients, phase diagrams and streamlines for several angles of incidence are compared for a range of low Reynolds numbers (50–150) and two different values of the ratio of the object cross section to the channel width, 1/8 and 1/16. We remark distinct effects depending on the combination of BCs used at the inlet and at the outlet.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics
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    ABSTRACT: The diagonally implicit harmonic balance method is developed in an overset mesh topology and applied to unsteady rotor flows analysis. Its efficiency is by reducing the complexity of a fully implicit harmonic balance method which becomes more flexible in handling the higher harmonics of the flow solutions. Applied to the overset mesh topology, the efficiency of the method becomes greater by reducing the number of solution interpolations required during the entire solution procedure as the method reduces the unsteady computation into periodic steady state. To verify the accuracy and efficiency of the method, both hovering and unsteady forward flight of Caradonna and Tung and AH-1G rotors are solved. Compared with wind-tunnel experiments, the numerical results demonstrate good agreements at computational cost an order of magnitude more efficient than the conventional time-accurate computation method. The proposed method has great potential in other engineering applications, including flapping wing vehicles, turbo-machinery, wind-turbines, etc.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics
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    ABSTRACT: An improved lattice Boltzmann (LB) model with a new scheme for the interparticle interaction force term is proposed in this paper. Based on the improved LB model, the equation-free method is implemented for simulating liquid–vapour phase change and multiphase flows. The details of phase separation are presented by numerical simulation results in terms of coexistence curves and spurious currents. Compared with existing models, the proposed model can give more accurate results in a wider temperature range with the spurious currents reduced and less time consumed. Characteristics of phase separation can be quickly and accurately reflected by the proposed method. Then, the contact angle of the solid surface is numerically investigated based on the proposed model. The proposed model is valid for steady flow with near zero velocity; unsteady cases will be investigated in further studies. This work will be helpful for our long-term aim of multi-scale modelling of convective boiling.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics
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    ABSTRACT: This paper is an extended study from previous work. In this study, the focus is paid to the dynamics of bubble rising and deformation in a complex channel, while the previous work is in straight channel. For this purpose, a three-dimensional lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) is employed to simulate the dynamics behaviour of a bubble rising in a complex channel consisting of three half-round throats. To validate the numerical method, a visual experiment was carried out by means of a high-speed digital camera and computer image processing technology. The behaviour of the rising bubble through glycerine solution in a complex channel was recorded. Some physical parameters such as rising velocities, trajectory and shapes of the bubble were calculated and processed based on the experimental data. In the same conditions, the trajectory, shapes and rising velocities of the bubble were simulated during its rising process by the proposed LBM. The numerical results are in good agreement with the experimental results. It demonstrates that LBM used in this work is feasible for simulating two-phase flow in such a complex channel.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics
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    ABSTRACT: Nearly all types of flow measurement devices installed in pipes are affected by the flow conditions at their inlet section, which can lead to measurement errors of several per cent. To evaluate the influence of uncertain inflow profiles on the flow field at different positions of the flow meter, a non-intrusive polynomial chaos approach is applied to simulations of turbulent pipe flow. This allows us to estimate the expected variations of the flow profiles as a function of the distance to the inlet of the pipe in an efficient way. The polynomial chaos approach shows reasonable convergence already for a small number of function evaluations. The results are validated by comparison with a quasi-Monte Carlo method and an exact solution, where available. The approximation error of the polynomial chaos method with 10 function evaluations is smaller than the one for the quasi-Monte Carlo method with 100 runs.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics
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    ABSTRACT: An implicit approach is modified and extended for numerical simulation of four-coupled transport equations in the γ-(Formula presented.) transition model. The method preserves the positivity of all turbulence and transition variables throughout the solution convergence. While a range of segregated and coupled treatments are investigated, a modified segregated approach is shown to perform best. The developed numerical procedure is very robust and displays excellent convergence properties, two characteristics which have not been previously well reported in the literature. The approach is thoroughly verified for a range of two-dimensional transitional flow benchmarks, for which good agreement is observed in comparison with previous numerical and experimental data. Machine-level convergence is achieved for all of the simulated test cases.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics
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    ABSTRACT: In this work, a study involving magnetic field actuation over reentry flows in thermochemical non-equilibrium is performed. The Euler and Navier–Stokes equations are studied. The proposed numerical algorithm is centred and second-order accurate. The hypersonic flow around a blunt body is simulated. Three time integration methods are tested. The reactive simulations involve Earth atmosphere of five species. The work of Gaitonde is the reference to couple the fluid dynamics and Maxwell equations of electromagnetism. The results have indicated that the Maciel scheme, using the Mavriplis dissipation model, yields the best prediction of the stagnation pressure.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics
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    ABSTRACT: A new HLLC (Harten-Lax-van leer contact) approximate Riemann solver with the preconditioning technique based on the pseudo-compressibility formulation for numerical simulation of the incompressible viscous flows has been proposed, which follows the HLLC Riemann solver (Harten, Lax and van Leer solver with contact resolution modified by Toro) for the compressible flow system. In the authors' previous work, the preconditioned Roe's Riemann solver is applied to the finite difference discretisation of the inviscid flux for incompressible flows. Although the Roe's Riemann solver is found to be an accurate and robust scheme in various numerical computations, the HLLC Riemann solver is more suitable for the pseudo-compressible Navier--Stokes equations, in which the inviscid flux vector is a non-homogeneous function of degree one of the flow field vector, and however the Roe's solver is restricted to the homogeneous systems. Numerical investigations have been performed in order to demonstrate the efficiency and accuracy of the present procedure in both two- and three-dimensional cases. The present results are found to be in good agreement with the exact solutions, existing numerical results and experimental data.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics
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    ABSTRACT: Large Eddy Simulation is used to simulate a series of plane mixing layers. The influence of the spanwise domain on the development of the mixing layer, and the evolution of the coherent structures, are considered. The mixing layers originate from laminar conditions, and an idealised inflow condition is found to produce accurate flow predictions when the spanwise computational domain extent is sufficient to avoid confinement effects. Spanwise domain confinement of the flow occurs when the ratio of spanwise domain extent to local momentum thickness reaches a value of ten. Flow confinement results in changes to both the growth mechanism of the turbulent coherent structures, and the nature of the interactions that occur between them. The results demonstrate that simulations of the two-dimensional mixing layer flow requires a three-dimensional computational domain in order that the flow will evolve in a manner that is free from restraints imposed by the spanwise domain.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics
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    ABSTRACT: In this paper, a kind of arbitrary high order derivatives (ADER) scheme based on the generalised Riemann problem is proposed to simulate multi-material flows by a coupling ghost fluid method. The states at cell interfaces are reconstructed by interpolating polynomials which are piece-wise smooth functions. The states are treated as the equivalent of the left and right states of the Riemann problem. The contact solvers are extrapolated in the vicinity of contact points to facilitate ghost fluids. The numerical method is applied to compressible flows with sharp discontinuities, such as the collision of two fluids of different physical states and gas-liquid two-phase flows. The numerical results demonstrate that unexpected physical oscillations through the contact discontinuities can be prevented effectively and the sharp interface can be captured efficiently.
    No preview · Article · May 2015 · International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics
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    ABSTRACT: Large-eddy simulations (LES) are employed to understand the flow field over a NACA 0015 airfoil controlled by a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma actuator. The Suzen body force model is utilised to introduce the effect of the DBD plasma actuator. The Reynolds number is fixed at 63,000. Transient processes arising due to non-dimensional excitation frequencies of one and six are discussed. The time required to establish flow authority is between four and six characteristic times, independent of the excitation frequency. If the separation is suppressed, the initial flow conditions do not affect the quasi-steady state, and the lift coefficient of the higher frequency case converges very quickly. The transient states can be categorised into following three stages: (1) the lift and drag decreasing stage, (2) the lift recovery stage, and (3) the lift and drag converging stage. The development of vortices and their influence on control is delineated. The simulations show that in the initial transient state, separation of flow suppression is closely related to the development spanwise vortices while during the later, quasi-steady state, three-dimensional vortices become more important.
    No preview · Article · May 2015 · International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics
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    ABSTRACT: Wall boundary modelling is one of the key factors that affect the accuracy of the moving particle semi-implicit (MPS) method. In most implementations of the MPS method, wall boundaries are modelled by discrete wall particles and corresponding phantom particles. In this work, a systematic analysis is performed to demonstrate that the discretised representation of wall boundaries can numerically cause unphysical ‘frictional force’ and ‘bouncing movement’ to nearby fluid particles. This can significantly influence the accuracy of the MPS method. To address these issues, a new fluid-wall interaction model is proposed which replaces the discrete wall particles with a continuous, smooth mathematical description of the particle number density. With the new fluid-wall interaction model, solid boundaries are modelled to retain their physical shapes. Numerical examples demonstrate that the new method generates more accurate and physical results than the original MPS method. In addition to the improved results, the new method also features reduced complexity of MPS modelling and more efficient computation. The method is also envisioned to be applicable to problems with arbitrarily shaped boundaries.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2015 · International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics