Application of Les to Jets and Internal Turbulent Flows

  • M. Meinke
  • E. Krause
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Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 395)


Two solution methods for compressible flows and their application in Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) of turbulent flows are discussed. After a summary of the basic equations and subgrid scale models, the applied discretization methods, solution schemes and boundary conditions with their implementation on high-performance computers are presented. The two discretization methods for the advective terms used in the simulations are a second-order mixed central-upwind discretization based on a AUSM formulation and a higher-order compact finite difference scheme. First, results of the second-order scheme are shown for the case of a turbulent channel and pipe flow, which are only weakly influenced by subgrid scale models, but are in good agreement with DNS and experimental data. Higher-order compact schemes are then used for both laminar and turbulent flows and the results are compared to those from simulations with the second-order scheme. It is found that for the laminar flow and the LES of plane turbulent jets the higher-order compact scheme is not of principal advantage. This is primarily related to the sensitivity of the compact scheme to stretched and curvilinear grids, which requires explicit filtering steps to avoid unphysical oscillations in the solution. Further results are then presented, which are obtained with the computationally cheaper second-order scheme. The results include turbulent flows in pipe bends with different Reynolds and Dean numbers. The solutions show swirl switching with a distinct low frequency peak. Finally, turbulent flows in non-trivial geometries are considered. This includes a first step towards the LES of the flow in an internal combustion engine with four valves and a realistic geometry.


Direct Numerical Simulation Strouhal Number Turbulent Channel Flow Smagorinsky Model Compact Scheme 
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