Direct numerical simulations of variable-aspect-ratio turbulent duct flows at low to moderate reynolds numbers

Ricardo Vinuesa, Azad Noorani, Adrián Lozano-Durán, George El Khoury, Philipp Schlatter, Paul F. Fischer, Hassan M. Nagib

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Abstract

Three-dimensional effects in turbulent duct flows, i.e., side-wall boundary layers and secondary motions, are studied by means of direct numerical simulations (DNS). The spectral element code Nek5000 is used to compute turbulent duct flows with aspect ratios 1 to 7 (at Reb, c = 2800, Reτ 180) and 1 (at Reb, c = 5600, Reτ 330) in streamwiseperiodic boxes of length 25h. The total number of grid points ranges from 28 to 145 million, and the fluid kinematic viscosity n was adjusted iteratively in order to keep the same bulk Reynolds number at the centerplane with changing aspect ratio. Spanwise variations in wall shear, mean-flow profiles and turbulence statistics are analyzed with aspect ratio, and also compared with the 2D channel. These computations show good agreement with experimental measurements carried out at IIT in parallel, and reinforces one important conclusion: the conditions obtained in the core region of a high-aspect-ratio duct cannot exactly be reproduced by spanwise-periodic DNSs of turbulent channel flows.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena, TSFP 2013
PublisherTSFP-8
ISBN (Electronic)9780000000002
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event8th International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena, TSFP 2013 - Poitiers, France
Duration: Aug 28 2013Aug 30 2013

Publication series

NameInternational Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena, TSFP 2013
Volume1

Other

Other8th International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena, TSFP 2013
CountryFrance
CityPoitiers
Period8/28/138/30/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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