Transport of Passive Scalars in a Turbulent Channel Flow

  • J. Kim
  • P. Moin
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A direct numerical simulation of a turbulent channel flow with three passive scalars at different molecular Prandtl numbers is performed. Computed statistics including the turbulent Prandtl numbers are compared with existing experimental data. The computed fields are also examined to investigate the spatial structure of the scalar fields. The scalar fields are highly correlated with the streamwise velocity; the correlation coefficient between the temperature and the streamwise velocity is as high as 0.95 in the wall region. The joint probability distributions between the temperature and velocity fluctuations are also examined; they suggest that it might be possible to model the scalar fluxes in the wall region in a manner similar to the Reynolds stresses.




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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Kim
    • 1
  • P. Moin
    • 1
  1. 1.NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett FieldCaliforniaUSA

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