The Role of Computation in Transition Research

  • Javier Jiménez
Conference paper


The impact of numerical simulation on the study of turbulent transition is reviewed briefly, and its probable future evolution is discussed. It is argued that, in the next two decades, it should be possible to study many transition problems more economically and efficiently by means of direct numerical simulation than by actual experiments. This is already true today for some classes of flows. Some of the problems that will likely be studied in this way in the immediate future are then discussed. It is argued that much of the advantage of computational methods is due not only to their efficiency in simulating experiments, but on their ability to execute “thought” experiments that cannot be performed otherwise.


Direct Numerical Simulation Couette Flow Poiseuille Flow Plane Channel Amplitude Equation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javier Jiménez
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  1. 1.School of AeronauticsMadridSpain

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