Accurate solutions are obtained with the numerical method of Oliveira et al (1998) for the inertialess plane flow around a confined cylinder. This numerical procedure is based on the finite-volume method in non-orthogonal block-structured meshes with a collocated arrangement of the dependent variables, and makes use of a special interpolation practice to avoid stress-velocity decoupling. Two high-resolution schemes are implemented to represent the convective terms in the constitutive equations for the upper converted Maxwell and Oldroyd-B fluids, and the resulting predictions of the drag coefficient on the cylinder are shown to be as accurate as existing finite-element method predictions based on the very accurate h-p refinement technique.

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