The steady-state compressible form of the Navier-Stokes equations, along with no-slip boundary conditions on walls, represents a boundary value problem. In closed heated cavities, these equations are incapable of preserving the initial mass of the cavity and predicting the pressure rise. A simple strategy to adjust the reference pressure in the system is presented and demonstrated. The strategy is similar to solving the transient form of the governing equations, but completely eliminates truncation errors associated with temporal discretization of the transient terms. Results exhibit good agreement with previous reports. Additional results are shown to highlight differences between the fully compressible formulation and the Boussinesq approximation.

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