In this work we explore a velocity correction method that introduces the splitting at the discrete level. In order to do so, the algebraic continuity equation is transformed into a discrete pressure Poisson equation and a velocity extrapolation is used. In Badia et al. (IJNMF, 2008, p. 351), where the method was introduced, the discrete Laplacian that appears in the pressure Poisson equation is approximated by a continuous one using an extrapolation for the pressure. In this work we explore the possibility of actually solving the discrete Laplacian. This introduces significant differences because the pressure extrapolation is avoided and only a velocity extrapolation is needed. Our numerical results indicate that it is the second‐order pressure extrapolation which makes third‐order methods unstable. Instead, second‐order velocity extrapolations do not lead to instabilities. Avoiding the pressure extrapolation allows to obtain stable solutions in problems that become unstable when the Laplacian is approximated. A comparison with a pressure correction scheme is also presented to verify the well‐known fact that the use of a second order pressure extrapolation leads to instabilities. Therefore we conclude that it is the combination of a velocity correction scheme with a discrete Laplacian that allows to obtain a stable third‐order scheme by avoiding the pressure extrapolation.
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