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On the preservation of total enthalpy in SUPG methods

Bova, S.W.; Kirk, Benjamin S.

We analyze the artificial dissipation introduced by a streamline-upwind Petrov-Galerkin finite element method and consider its effect on the conservation of total enthalpy for the Euler and laminar Navier-Stokes equations. We also consider the chemically reacting case. We demonstrate that in general, total enthalpy is not conserved for the important special case of the steady-state Euler equations. A modification to the artificial dissipation is proposed and shown to significantly improve the conservation of total enthalpy.