Synthetic Turbulence Generation for a Zonal RANS-LES Method

  • Benedikt RoidlEmail author
  • Alibek Issakhov
  • Matthias Meinke
  • Wolfgang Schröder
Conference paper
Part of the Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design book series (NNFM, volume 117)


A synthetic turbulence generation (STG) method for flows at low and high Reynolds and Mach numbers to provide LES inflow boundary conditions of zonal Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS)- large-eddy simulation (LES) method simulations is presented. The present method separates the LES inflow plane into three sections where a local velocity signal is decomposed from the turbulent flow properties of the upstream RANS solution. Depending on the wall-normal position in the boundary layer the local flow Reynolds and Mach number specific time, length, and velocity scales with different vorticity content are imposed on the LES inflow plane. The STG method is assessed by comparing the resulting skin-friction, velocity, and Reynolds-stress distributions of zonal RANS-LES simulations of subsonic and supersonic flat plate flows with available pure LES, DNS, and experimental data. It is shown that for the presented flow cases a satisfactory agreement within a short RANS-to-LES transition of two boundary-layer thicknesses is obtained.


Turbulent Boundary Layer Reynolds Shear Stress Displacement Thickness Supersonic Boundary Layer Streamwise Development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benedikt Roidl
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alibek Issakhov
    • 2
  • Matthias Meinke
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Schröder
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of AerodynamicsRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Mechanics and MathematicsAl-Faraby Kazakh National UniversityAlmatyKazakhstan

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