Reynolds stress closure for strongly swirling flows

Karuna S. Koppula, Charles A. Petty, Andre Benard

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Abstract

The Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS-) equation for the mean velocity field is statistically unclosed. Previous research by Parks et al. (1998) has identified a class of algebraic closures that relate the turbulent flux of momentum to a prestress induced by fluctuations in the instantaneous Reynolds stress and fluctuations in the pressure field. The new approach shifts the turbulence closure problem from the anisotropic component of the Reynolds stress to the anisotropic component of a prestress with the result that the turbulent momentum flux is not frame indifferent at the mesoscale relevant to turbulent flows. The closure hypothesis yields an explicit non-linear algebraic relationship between the turbulent momentum flux and a non-negative, symmetric, dyadic-valued operator that depends on the mean velocity gradient and a relaxation time associated with the local space-time structure of the turbulence. The eigenvalues of the resulting turbulent momentum flux are non-negative for all flows. Benchmark experimental and computational data are used to determine the parameters in the new closure. The application of the closure to homogeneous shear in noninertial frames and other flows in inertial frames will be presented and compared with direct numerical simulations.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings
Pages644
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase - Cincinnati, OH, United States
Duration: Oct 30 2005Nov 4 2005

Other

Other05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase
CountryUnited States
CityCincinnati, OH
Period10/30/0511/4/05

Profile

Swirling flow
Momentum
Fluxes
Turbulence
Direct numerical simulation
Relaxation time
Navier Stokes equations
Turbulent flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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Koppula, K. S., Petty, C. A., & Benard, A. (2005). Reynolds stress closure for strongly swirling flows. In AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings (pp. 644)

Reynolds stress closure for strongly swirling flows. / Koppula, Karuna S.; Petty, Charles A.; Benard, Andre.

AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings. 2005. p. 644.

Research output: ResearchConference contribution

Koppula, KS, Petty, CA & Benard, A 2005, Reynolds stress closure for strongly swirling flows. in AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings. pp. 644, 05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase, Cincinnati, OH, United States, 10/30/05.
Koppula KS, Petty CA, Benard A. Reynolds stress closure for strongly swirling flows. In AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings. 2005. p. 644.
Koppula, Karuna S. ; Petty, Charles A. ; Benard, Andre. / Reynolds stress closure for strongly swirling flows. AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings. 2005. pp. 644
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