Towards a Physical Scale Decomposition of Mean Skin Friction Generation in the Turbulent Boundary Layer

  • Nicolas RenardEmail author
  • Sébastien Deck
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 196)


A decomposition of mean skin friction generation in zero-pressure-gradient boundary layers is presented, relying on an energy budget in an absolute reference frame. It has a direct physical interpretation and emphasizes the importance of the production of turbulent kinetic energy in the logarithmic layer in mean skin friction generation at very high Reynolds number. This leads to a new approach to the scale decomposition of mean skin friction, illustrated using a Wall-Resolved LES at \(Re_\theta \) = 13,000 obtained by the ZDES technique. The role of superstructures is especially discussed.



The authors wish to thank all the people involved in the past and present evolution of the FLU3M code. Romain Laraufie and Pierre-Élie Weiss are warmly acknowledged for very stimulating discussions. The WRLES computation was made thanks to the HPC resources from GENCI-CINES (Project ZDESWALLTURB, Grant 2012-[c2012026817]).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Onera The French Aerospace LabMeudonFrance

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