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What are we learning from simulating wall turbulence?
Year:2007
Research Areas
  • Fluid mechanics
Information
Abstract
The study of turbulence near walls has experienced a renaissance in the last decade, largely owing to the availability of high-quality numerical simulations. The viscous and buffer layers over smooth walls are essentially independent of the outer flow, and there is a family of numerically exact nonlinear structures that account for about half of the energy production and dissipation. The rest can be modelled by their unsteady bursting. Many characteristics of the wall layer, such as the dimensions of the dominant structures, are well predicted by those models, which were essentially completed in the 1990s after the increase in computer power made the kinematic simulations of the late 1980s cheap enough to undertake dynamic experiments. Today, we are at the early stages of simulating the logarithmic ( or overlap) layer, and a number of details regarding its global properties are becoming clear. For instance, a finite Reynolds number correction to the logarithmic law has been validated in turbulent channels. This has allowed upper and lower limits of the overlap region to be clarified, with both upper and lower bounds occurring at much larger distances from the wall than commonly assumed. A kinematic picture of the various cascades present in this part of the flow is also beginning to emerge. Dynamical understanding can be expected in the next decade.
International
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JCR
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Title
PHILOS T R SOC A
ISBN
1364-503X
Impact factor JCR
1,52
Impact info
Volume
365
Journal number
1852
From page
715
To page
732
Month
MARZO
Ranking
Participants
  • Autor: Robert Moser (Texas A&M University)
  • Autor: Javier Jimenez Sendin (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Mecánica de Fluidos Computacional
  • Departamento: Motopropulsión y Termofluidodinámica
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