Boundary Layer (boundary + layer)

Distribution by Scientific Domains

Kinds of Boundary Layer

  • atmospheric boundary layer
  • convective boundary layer
  • internal boundary layer
  • marine boundary layer
  • planetary boundary layer
  • thermal boundary layer
  • turbulent boundary layer

  • Terms modified by Boundary Layer

  • boundary layer flow
  • boundary layer theory
  • boundary layer thickness

  • Selected Abstracts


    Turbulent flow over a dune: Green River, Colorado

    EARTH SURFACE PROCESSES AND LANDFORMS, Issue 3 2005
    Jeremy G. Venditti
    Abstract Detailed echo-sounder and acoustic Doppler velocimeter measurements are used to assess the temporal and spatial structure of turbulent flow over a mobile dune in a wide, low-gradient, alluvial reach of the Green River. Based on the geometric position of the sensor over the bedforms, measurements were taken in the wake, in transitional flow at the bedform crest, and in the internal boundary layer. Spatial distributions of Reynolds shear stress, turbulent kinetic energy, turbulence intensity, and correlation coefficient are qualitatively consistent with those over fixed, two-dimensional bedforms in laboratory flows. Spectral and cospectral analysis demonstrates that energy levels in the lee of the crest (i.e. wake) are two to four times greater than over the crest itself, with minima over the stoss slope (within the developing internal boundary layer). The frequency structure in the wake is sharply defined with single, dominant peaks. Peak and total spectral and cross-spectral energies vary over the bedform in a manner consistent with wave-like perturbations that ,break' or ,roll up' into vortices that amalgamate, grow in size, and eventually diffuse as they are advected downstream. Fluid oscillations in the lee of the dune demonstrate Strouhal similarity between laboratory and field environments, and correspondence between the peak frequencies of these oscillations and the periodicity of surface boils was observed in the field. Copyright 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    Mechanisms affecting the dissolution of nonaqueous phase liquids into the aqueous phase in slow-stirring batch systems

    ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY & CHEMISTRY, Issue 3 2001
    Mathias Schluep
    Abstract Understanding the kinetics of the exchange processes between nonaqueous phase liquids (NALs) and water is important in predicting the fate of anthropogenic compounds such as petroleum hydrocarbons, i.e., benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX) as well as polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Exchange processes occurring in the environment resemble the experimental setup of the slow-stirring method (SSM) designed to determine solubilities and octanol-water partition coefficients. Data obtained from SSM experiments for diesel fuel compounds are interpreted by a linear transfer model that is characterized by an aqueous molecular boundary layer and the water/NAPL equilibrium partition coefficient. For the chosen experimental setup, the boundary layer thickness is 2.42 10,2 cm. Typical equilibration times lie between 1 and 2 d. Due to the temperature dependence of the aqueous diffusivity, this time increases with decreasing temperature. Transport within the NAPL phase can slow down the exchange process for the more water-soluble compounds (e.g., benzene) provided that the stirring rate exceeds a critical value. [source]


    Bacteria in the cold deep-sea benthic boundary layer and sediment,water interface of the NE Atlantic

    FEMS MICROBIOLOGY ECOLOGY, Issue 2 2000
    Carol Turley
    Abstract This is a short review of the current understanding of the role of microorganisms in the biogeochemistry in the deep-sea benthic boundary layer (BBL) and sediment,water interface (SWI) of the NE Atlantic, the gaps in our knowledge and some suggestions of future directions. The BBL is the layer of water, often tens of meters thick, adjacent to the sea bed and with homogenous properties of temperature and salinity, which sometimes contains resuspended detrital particles. The SWI is the bioreactive interface between the water column and the upper 1 cm of sediment and can include a large layer of detrital material composed of aggregates that have sedimented from the upper mixed layer of the ocean. This material is biologically transformed, over a wide range of time scales, eventually forming the sedimentary record. To understand the microbial ecology of deep-sea bacteria, we need to appreciate the food supply in the upper ocean, its packaging, passage and transformation during the delivery to the sea bed, the seasonality of variability of the supply and the environmental conditions under which the deep-sea bacteria grow. We also need to put into a microbial context recent geochemical findings of vast reservoirs of intrinsically labile organic material sorped onto sediments. These may well become desorped, and once again available to microorganisms, during resuspension events caused by deep ocean currents. As biotechnologists apply their tools in the deep oceans in search of unique bacteria, an increasing knowledge and understanding of the natural processes undertaken and environmental conditions experienced by deep-sea bacteria will facilitate this exploitation. [source]


    Predicting HCl concentrations in fire enclosures using an HCl decay model coupled to a CFD-based fire field model

    FIRE AND MATERIALS, Issue 7 2007
    Z. Wang
    Abstract The amount of atmospheric hydrogen chloride (HCl) within fire enclosures produced from the combustion of chloride-based materials tends to decay as the fire effluent is transported through the enclosure due to mixing with fresh air and absorption by solids. This paper describes an HCl decay model, typically used in zone models, which has been modified and applied to a computational fluid dynamics (CFD)-based fire field model. While the modified model still makes use of some empirical formulations to represent the deposition mechanisms, these have been reduced from the original three to two through the use of the CFD framework. Furthermore, the effect of HCl flow to the wall surfaces on the time to reach equilibrium between HCl in the boundary layer and on wall surfaces is addressed by the modified model. Simulation results using the modified HCl decay model are compared with data from three experiments. The model is found to be able to reproduce the experimental trends and the predicted HCl levels are in good agreement with measured values. Copyright 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    The aerodynamics and efficiency of wind pollination in grasses

    FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY, Issue 4 2010
    James E. Cresswell
    Summary 1.,Under natural selection for sexual success, the reproductive organs of plants should evolve to become highly effective pollen receptors. Among wind-pollinated plants, larger reproductive structures appear counter-adapted to accumulate pollen by impaction on their windward surfaces, because airborne particles are less able to penetrate the thicker boundary layer of larger targets. Therefore, it has been proposed that wind-pollinated plants with pollen receptors on relatively large structures, like some grasses (family Poaceae), are architecturally adapted to create downstream vortices in which airborne pollen recirculates before accumulating on leeward surfaces. From this basis, the striking diversity among the grasses in the architecture of their flowering stems has been attributed in part to the existence of these contrasting mechanisms for effecting pollen receipt, namely impact collection and recirculatory collection. 2.,We investigated the relative importance of impact and recirculatory collection in grasses by analysing a model system in silico using Computational Fluid Dynamics and by conducting in vivo experiments, both in a wind tunnel and outdoors, using two grass species with compact inflorescences, Alopecurus pratensis and Anthoxanthum odoratum. 3.,Irrespective of the experimental approach, we found that although pollen recirculated in the leeward eddies of inflorescences, over 95% of the accumulated pollen was collected by windward surfaces. 4.,In A. pratensis, the collection efficiency (proportion of oncoming pollen collected) was between 5% and 20%, depending on wind speed in the range 05,19 m s,1 and these levels conform to those predicted by a mechanistic model of impact collection. 5.,Our results demonstrate that grass species with larger inflorescences are, like those with smaller inflorescences, primarily impact collectors of airborne pollen, which suggests that dissimilar reproductive morphology among species cannot be attributed to differentiation in the mode of pollen capture and, instead, requires reference to other factors, such as the need to produce, protect and disperse seeds of different sizes in different environments. [source]


    Airspeed adjustment and lipid reserves in migratory Neotropical butterflies

    FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY, Issue 2 2008
    R. Dudley
    Summary 1Aerodynamic theory predicts that migrant fliers should reduce their speed of flight as endogenous energy reserves are gradually consumed. This prediction was tested for butterfly species (Pieridae and Nymphalidae) that engage in annual rainy season migrations through central Panama. 2Direct airspeed measurements were made on butterflies in natural free flight, followed by chloroform : methanol extractions of abdominal lipids from the same insects. 3Among individuals within particular species/gender subsets, airspeeds during flight were higher with greater lipid content following adjustment for body mass. Although it was not possible to measure lipid content repeatedly on a single insect, these comparisons among individuals for five migratory species suggest that butterflies reduce their flight speed as lipid reserves are progressively depleted. 4Because choice of airspeed can strongly influence the rate of energetic expenditure, these results together with previously described strategies of wind drift compensation in the same taxa demonstrate sophisticated long-distance orientation and optimization strategies by migratory Neotropical butterflies flying within the boundary layer. [source]


    A glassy lowermost outer core

    GEOPHYSICAL JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL, Issue 1 2009
    Vernon F. Cormier
    SUMMARY New theories for the viscosity of metallic melts at core pressures and temperatures, together with observations of translational modes of oscillation of Earth's solid inner core, suggest a rapid increase in the dynamic viscosity near the bottom of the liquid outer core. If the viscosity of the lowermost outer core (F region) is sufficiently high, it may be in a glassy state, characterized by a frequency dependent shear modulus and increased viscoselastic attenuation. In testing this hypothesis, the amplitudes of high-frequency PKiKP waves are found to be consistent with an upper bound to shear velocity in the lowermost outer core of 0.5 km s,1 at 1 Hz. The fit of a Maxwell rheology to the frequency dependent shear modulus constrained by seismic observations at both low and high-frequency favours a model of the F region as a 400-km-thick chemical boundary layer. This layer has both a higher density and higher viscosity than the bulk of the outer core, with a peak viscosity on the order of 109 Pa s or higher near the inner core boundary. If lateral variations in the F region are confirmed to correlate with lateral variations observed in the structure of the uppermost inner core, they may be used to map differences in the solidification process of the inner core and flow in the lowermost outer core. [source]


    A thermochemical boundary layer at the base of Earth's outer core and independent estimate of core heat flux

    GEOPHYSICAL JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL, Issue 3 2008
    David Gubbins
    SUMMARY Recent seismological observations suggest the existence of a ,150-km-thick density-stratified layer with a P -wave velocity gradient that differs slightly from PREM. Such a structure can only be caused by a compositional gradient, effects of a slurry or temperature being too small and probably the wrong sign. We propose a stably stratified, variable concentration layer on the liquidus. Heat is transported by conduction down the liquidus while the light and heavy components migrate through the layer by a process akin to zone refining, similar to the one originally proposed by Braginsky. The layer remains static in a frame of reference moving upwards with the expanding inner core boundary. We determine the gradient using estimates of co, the concentration in the main body of the outer core, and cb, the concentration of the liquid at the inner core boundary. We determine the depression of the melting point and concentrations using ideal solution theory and seismologically determined density jumps at the inner core boundary. We suppose that co determines ,,mod, the jump from normal mode eigenfrequencies that have long resolution lengths straddling the entire layer, and that cb determines ,,bod, the jump determined from body waves, which have fine resolution. A simple calculation then yields the seismic, temperature, and concentration profiles within the layer. Comparison with the distance to the C-cusp of PKP and normal mode eigenfrequencies constrain the model. We explore a wide range of possible input parameters; many fail to predict sensible seismic properties and heat fluxes. A model with ,,mod= 0.8 gm cc,1, ,,bod= 0.6 gm cc,1, and layer thickness 200 km is consistent with the seismic observations and can power the geodynamo with a reasonable inner core heat flux of ,2 TW and nominal inner core age of ,1 Ga. It is quite remarkable and encouraging that a model based on direct seismic observations and simple chemistry can predict heat fluxes that are comparable with those derived from recent core thermal history calculations. The model also provides plausible explanations of the observed seismic layer and accounts for the discrepancy between estimates of the inner core density jumps derived from body waves and normal modes. [source]


    An introduction to the European Terrestrial Ecosystem Modelling Activity

    GLOBAL ECOLOGY, Issue 6 2001
    Martin T. Sykes
    Abstract The objective of the European Terrestrial Ecosystem Modelling Activity (ETEMA) was to address some of the major challenges in developing generalized models to examine responses of natural and seminatural ecosystems to environmental change at the regional to European scale. The approach described herein was to break down the totality of ecosystem functioning into its key components, each with its characteristic spatial and temporal scales. A conceptual framework was developed describing the configuration of these components as modules within a generalized simulation model. The framework describes the key inputs, outputs and state variables, their spatial and temporal contexts, and information flows between modules. The ,backbone' of the model is a system of nested timing loops corresponding to the disparate time scales at which different ecosystem processes occur. The framework is a theoretical construct into which ecosystem models at levels of complexity ranging from the very general to the highly detailed can be mapped, and thus provides a guide for development of models for novel, particularly regional-scale, applications. A number of subsystem studies of the major components of ecosystem functioning, i.e. modules of the conceptual framework, are briefly introduced herein. The general aim of the subsystem studies was to identify the key alternative formulations (as opposed to minor variants) and test these against observational data. The various subsystem studies concern planetary boundary layer,ecosystem interactions, ecosystem CO2 and H2O fluxes, vegetation physiology and phenology, biogeography and vegetation dynamics, detritus and SOM dynamics, soil moisture and human and natural disturbances and, as individual papers, they complete this special ETEMA issue. [source]


    Integrating fluxes from heterogeneous vegetation

    GLOBAL ECOLOGY, Issue 6 2001
    F. Ian Woodward
    Abstract The vegetated landscape of Europe has been strongly impacted by human management to produce a heterogeneous patchwork of semi-natural and agricultural vegetation varying over a wide range of spatial scales. A model is described for averaging vegetation fluxes from a landscape of forest and grassland into the planetary boundary layer (PBL). At a scale of 1 km, model simulations indicate that vegetation heterogeneity exerts little effect on the PBL and regional fluxes will be simple areal averages of the different vegetation types. Above 5 km the model simulates significant effects of different vegetation types on the whole PBL. Averaging fluxes to the regional scale will therefore need to consider explicitly the nature, extent and behaviour of different vegetation types. [source]


    A spatially advancing turbulent flow and heat transfer in a curved channel

    HEAT TRANSFER - ASIAN RESEARCH (FORMERLY HEAT TRANSFER-JAPANESE RESEARCH), Issue 1 2010
    Koji Matsubara
    Abstract Direct numerical simulation was performed for a spatially advancing turbulent flow and heat transfer in a two-dimensional curved channel, where one wall was heated to a constant temperature and the other wall was cooled to a different constant temperature. In the simulation, fully developed flow and temperature from the straight-channel driver was passed through the inlet of the curved-channel domain. The frictional Reynolds number was assigned 150, and the Prandtl number was given 0.71. Since the flow field was examined in the previous paper, the thermal features are mainly targeted in this paper. The turbulent heat flux showed trends consistent with a growing process of large-scale vortices. In the curved part, the wall-normal component of the turbulent heat flux was twice as large as the counterpart in the straight part, suggesting active heat transport of large-scale vortices. In the inner side of the same section, temperature fluctuation was abnormally large compared with the modest fluctuation of the wall-normal velocity. This was caused by the combined effect of the large-scale motion of the vortices and the wide variation of the mean temperature; in such a temperature distribution, large-scale ejection of the hot fluid near the outer wall, which is transported into the near inner-wall region, should have a large impact on the thermal boundary layer near the inner wall. Wave number decomposition was conducted for various statistics, which showed that the contribution of the large-scale vortex to the total turbulent heat flux normal to the wall reached roughly 80% inside the channel 135 downstream from the curved-channel inlet. 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Heat Trans Asian Res; Published online in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com). DOI 10.1002/htj.20275 [source]


    Numerical analysis of the effect of boundary layer thickness on vortex structures and heat transfer in the wake behind a hill

    HEAT TRANSFER - ASIAN RESEARCH (FORMERLY HEAT TRANSFER-JAPANESE RESEARCH), Issue 7 2009
    Hideki Yanaoka
    Abstract This study presents a three-dimensional numerical analysis of the effect of boundary layer thickness on vortex structures and heat transfer behind a hill mounted in a laminar boundary layer. When the thickness of the velocity boundary layer is comparable to the hill height, a hairpin vortex is formed symmetrically to the center of the spanwise direction in the wake. A secondary vortex is formed between the legs, and horn-shaped secondary vortices appear under the concave parts of the hairpin vortex. When the boundary layer thickness increases, the legs and horn-shaped secondary vortices move toward the center of the spanwise direction, and thus heat transport and heat transfer increase there. At this time, high-turbulence areas generated locally move toward the center of the spanwise direction with an increase in the boundary layer thickness. With a further increase in the boundary layer thickness, steady streamwise vortices are formed downstream of the hill, but the heat transfer decreases. 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Heat Trans Asian Res; Published online in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com). DOI 10.1002/htj.20261 [source]


    Prediction of vortex penetration depth at thermal stratification by cavity flow in a branch pipe with closed end (effect of heat radiation condition on temperature fluctuations)

    HEAT TRANSFER - ASIAN RESEARCH (FORMERLY HEAT TRANSFER-JAPANESE RESEARCH), Issue 1 2007
    Kouji Shiina
    Abstract In a branch pipe with one closed end, the cavity flow penetrates into the branch pipe from the main loop and a thermal boundary layer occurs because the cavity flow is a hot fluid, but heat removal causes a colder fluid in the branch pipe. This thermal stratification may affect the structural integrity. Therefore, a pipe design standard to suppress thermal fatigue should be established. The pipe design standard consists of the maximum penetration depth Lsv and the minimum penetration depth Lsh. In order to establish an evaluation method for Lsh, a visualization test and a temperature fluctuation test were carried out. A theoretical formula for thermal stratification was introduced from the heat balance model. Then the model was used to obtain an empirical equation from the map of fluid temperature fluctuation. This method can predict the vortex penetration depth by cavity flow in horizontal branch pipes. 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Heat Trans Asian Res, 36(1):38,55, 2007; Published online in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com). DOI 10.1002/htj.20135 [source]


    Simulation of coherent structures in turbulent boundary layer using Gao,Yong equations of turbulence

    HEAT TRANSFER - ASIAN RESEARCH (FORMERLY HEAT TRANSFER-JAPANESE RESEARCH), Issue 5 2004
    Bo Liu
    Abstract The equations of incompressible turbulent flow developed by the Gao,Yong turbulence model have two important features. First, they do not contain any empirical coefficients or wall functions. Second, the series representation of turbulence energy equation reflects multi-scale structures of the nonlinearity of turbulence, and, therefore, is capable of describing both statistical mean flows and the coherent structures. This paper presents some simulation results of a two-dimensional turbulent boundary layer with zero pressure gradient based on Gao,Yong equations of turbulence. With a staggered grid arrangement, an incompressible SIMPLE code was used in the simulations. The simulated coherent structures have verified the adaptability of the newly derived equations to real intermittent turbulent flows. The effect of the orders of the energy equation and computational grid scales on the detection of coherent structures is also investigated. 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Heat Trans Asian Res, 33(5): 287,298, 2004; Published online in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com). DOI 10.1002/htj.20019 [source]


    The canopy conductance of a boreal aspen forest, Prince Albert National Park, Canada

    HYDROLOGICAL PROCESSES, Issue 9 2004
    P. D. Blanken
    Abstract Annual fluxes of canopy-level heat, water vapour and carbon dioxide were measured using eddy covariance both above the aspen overstory (Populus tremuloides Michx.) and hazelnut understory (Corylus cornuta Marsh.) of a boreal aspen forest (53629 N 106200 W). Partitioning of the fluxes between overstory and understory components allowed the calculation of canopy conductance to water vapour for both species. On a seasonal basis, the canopy conductance of the aspen accounted for 70% of the surface conductance, with the latter a strong function of the forest's leaf area index. On a half-hour basis, the canopy conductance of both species decreased non-linearly as the leaf-surface saturation deficits increased, and was best parameterized and showed similar sensitivities to a modified form of the Ball,Berry,Woodrow index, where relative humidity was replaced with the reciprocal of the saturation deficit. The negative feedback between the forest evaporation and the saturation deficit in the convective boundary layer varied from weak when the forest was at full leaf to strong when the forest was developing or loosing leaves. The coupling between the air at the leaf surface and the convective boundary layer also varied seasonally, with coupling decreasing with increasing leaf area. Compared with coniferous boreal forests, the seasonal changes in leaf area had a unique impact on vegetation,atmosphere interactions. Copyright 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    Aircraft observations of the atmospheric boundary layer over a heterogeneous surface in eastern Siberia

    HYDROLOGICAL PROCESSES, Issue 14 2003
    T. Hiyama
    Abstract This paper outlines specifications and gives preliminary results of aircraft observations made during the Intensive Observation Period in 2000 (IOP2000) over the Yakutsk area of eastern Siberia. The observations were part of the GAME-Siberia project. Spatial and seasonal variation in the fluxes of sensible heat, latent heat, and carbon dioxide were determined using a Russian aircraft equipped with turbulence sensors. Two flight paths covered 12 32 km2 grids over heterogeneous forest and grass surfaces on the left- and right-hand banks of the Lena River. The spatial flux distributions were consistent with the underlying vegetation cover. A video camera recorded aerial images of the land, while a spectrometer observed the spectral reflectance of the land surface. These data helped describe the relationship between the atmosphere and the land surface. The vertical structure of the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) was also observed on long flight paths between the left and right banks of the Lena River. Thermally induced internal boundary layers (TIBLs) developed in the ABL under different thermal and dynamic conditions near the Lena River. The horizontal and vertical distributions of sensible and latent heats in the ABL were consistent with the generation of cumulus, which appeared over the forested area, but not over the Lena River lowland. Copyright 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    Analytical solution of the harmonic waves diffraction by a cylindrical lined cavity in poroelastic saturated medium

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL AND ANALYTICAL METHODS IN GEOMECHANICS, Issue 5 2007
    Y. S. Karinski
    Abstract This paper presents a model for the analysis of plane waves diffraction at a cavity in an infinite homogeneous poroelastic saturated medium, lined by a lining composed of four equal segments. An elastic boundary layer is placed between the cavity lining and the infinite porous medium. The boundary layer is simulated by ,elastic boundary conditions' in which the bulk matrix stress is proportional to the relative displacement between the lining and the surrounding medium matrix boundary. In addition, fluid impermeability through the intermediate layer is assumed. For the frequencies, that differ from the pseudoresonanse frequencies, the problem was reduced to the problem of an ideal elastic medium. A closed-form analytical solution of the problem was obtained using Fourier,Bessel series, the convergence of which was proven. It was shown that the number of series terms required to obtain a desired level of accuracy can be determined in advance. The influence of the medium porosity on the medium dynamic stress concentration was studied. Copyright 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    Dynamic response of soft poroelastic bed to linear water waves,a boundary layer correction approach

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL AND ANALYTICAL METHODS IN GEOMECHANICS, Issue 7 2001
    Ping-Cheng Hsieh
    Abstract According to Chen et al. (Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE 1997; 123(10):1041,1049.) a boundary layer exists within the porous bed and near the homogeneous-water/porous-bed interface when oscillatory water waves propagate over a soft poroelastic bed. This boundary layer makes the evaluation of the second kind of longitudinal wave inside the soft poroelastic bed very inaccurate. In this study, the boundary layer correction approach for the poroelastic bed is applied to the boundary value problem of linear oscillatory water waves propagating over a soft poroelastic bed. After the analyses of length scale and order of magnitude of physical variables are done, a perturbation expansion for the boundary layer correction approach based on two small parameters is proposed and solved. The solutions are carried out for the first and third kind of waves throughout the entire domain. The second kind of wave which disappears outside the boundary layer is solved systematically inside the boundary layer. The results are compared with the linear wave solutions of Huang and Song (Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE 1993; 119:1003,1020.) to confirm the validity. Moreover, a simplified boundary layer correction formulation which is expected to be very useful in numerical computation is also proposed. Copyright 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    Comparison of three second-order accurate reconstruction schemes for 2D Euler and Navier,Stokes compressible flows on unstructured grids

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL METHODS IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, Issue 5 2001
    N. P. C. Marques
    Abstract This paper reports an intercomparison of three second-order accurate reconstruction schemes to predict 2D steady-state compressible Euler and Navier,Stokes flows on unstructured meshes. The schemes comprise one monotone slope limiter (Barth and Jespersen, A1AA Paper 89-0366, 1989) and two approximately monotone methods: the slope limiter due to Venkatakrishnan and a data-dependent weighting least-squares procedure (Gooch, Journal of Computational Physics, 1997; 133:6,17). In addition to the 1D scalar wave problem, comparisons were performed under two inviscid test cases: a supersonic 10 ramp and a supersonic bump; and two viscous laminar compressible flow cases: the Blasius boundary layer and a double-throated nozzle. The data-dependent oscillatory behaviour is found to be dependent on a user-supplied constant. The three schemes are compared in terms of accuracy and computational efficiency. The results show that the data-dependent procedure always returns a numerical steady-state solution, more accurate than the ones returned by the slope limiters. Its use for Navier,Stokes flow calculations is recommended. Copyright 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    Computation of heat transfer enhancement in a plate-fin heat exchanger with triangular inserts and delta wing vortex generator

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL METHODS IN FLUIDS, Issue 9 2010
    Gulshan Sachdeva
    Abstract Longitudinal vortices disrupt the growth of the thermal boundary layer, thereby the vortex generators producing the longitudinal vortices are well known for the enhancement of heat transfer in compact heat exchangers. The present investigation determines the heat transfer characteristics with secondary flow analysis in plate fin triangular ducts with delta wing vortex generators. This geometrical configuration is investigated for various angles of attack of the wing i.e. 15, 20, 26 and 37 and Reynolds numbers 100 and 200. The constant wall temperature boundary condition is used. The solution of the complete Navier Stokes equation and the energy equation is carried out using the staggered grid arrangement. The performance of the combination of triangular secondary fins and delta wing with stamping on slant surfaces has also been studied. Copyright 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    BILU implicit multiblock Euler/Navier,Stokes simulation for rotor tip vortex and wake convection

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL METHODS IN FLUIDS, Issue 6 2007
    Bowen Zhong
    Abstract In this paper, a block incomplete lower,upper (BILU) decomposition method is incorporated with a multiblock three-dimensional Euler/Navier,Stokes solver for simulation of hovering rotor tip vortices and rotor wake convection. Results of both Euler and Navier,Stokes simulations are obtained and compared with experimental observations. The comparisons include surface pressure distributions and tip vortex trajectories. The comparisons suggest that resolution of the boundary layer is important for the accurate evaluation of the blade surface loading, but is less so for the correct prediction of the vortex trajectory. Numerical tests show that, using Courant,Friedrichs,Lewy (CFL) number of 10 or 30 with the developed BILU implicit scheme can be 6,7 times faster than an explicit scheme. The importance of solution acceleration schemes that increase the permitted time-step is illustrated by comparing the evolving wake structures at different stages of the calculation. In contrast to fixed wing simulations, the extent of the wake structures is shown to require resolution of large physical time. This observation explains the poor performance that is obtained when employing convergence acceleration strategies originally intended for solution of equilibrium problems, such as the multigrid methods. Copyright 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    A nonlinear atomization model for computation of drop size distributions and spray simulations

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL METHODS IN FLUIDS, Issue 11 2005
    Hongbok Park
    Abstract A model has been developed to provide a comprehensive simulation of a spray formed by a high-speed liquid jet. The primary atomization process is simulated in a completely nonlinear fashion using the boundary element method under the assumption of axisymmetric, inviscid flow. The presence of the orifice boundary layer is simulated with a ring vortex whose strength and location are uniquely determined from boundary layer properties at the orifice exit plane. Droplet and axisymmetric ligament tracking models have been developed to provide more comprehensive spray simulations. The breakup of the axisymmetric ligaments shed from the parent surface is assessed both in a nonlinear fashion as well as using the linear stability analysis of Ponstein. Using this latter approach, drop size distributions have been generated from first principles and compared with the popular Rosin,Rammler model. Copyright 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    Accuracy analysis of super compact scheme in non-uniform grid with application to parabolized stability equations

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL METHODS IN FLUIDS, Issue 5 2004
    V. Esfahanian
    Abstract A brief derivation of the super compact finite difference method (SCFDM) in non-uniform grid points is presented. To investigate the accuracy of the SCFDM in non-uniform grid points the Fourier analysis is performed. The Fourier analysis shows that the grid aspect ratio plays a crucial role in the accuracy of the SCFDM in a non-uniform grid. It is also found that the accuracy of the higher order relations of the SCFDM is more sensitive to grid aspect ratio than the lower order relations. In addition, to obtain a mathematical representation of the accuracy and making clear the role of the aspect ratio in the accuracy of the SCFDM in non-uniform grids, the modified equation approach is used. For the sake of demonstrating the analytical results obtained from the Fourier analysis and the modified equation approach, the super compact finite difference method is applied to solve the Blasius boundary layer and the non-linear parabolized stability equations as numerical examples indicating the difficulty with non-uniform grid spacing using the super compact scheme. Copyright 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    Prediction of unsteady, separated boundary layer over a blunt body for laminar, turbulent, and transitional flow

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL METHODS IN FLUIDS, Issue 12 2004
    D. Scott Holloway
    Abstract The focus of this paper is to study the ability of unsteady RANS-based CFD to predict separation over a blunt body for a wide range of Reynolds numbers particularly the ability to capture laminar-to-turbulent transition. A perfect test case to demonstrate this point is the cylinder-in-crossflow for which a comparison between experimental results from the open literature and a series of unsteady simulations is made. Reynolds number based on cylinder diameter is varied from 104 to 107 (subcritical through supercritical flow). Two methods are used to account for the turbulence in the simulations: currently available eddy,viscosity models, including standard and realizable forms of the k,, model; and a newly developed eddy,viscosity model capable of resolving boundary layer transition, which is absolutely necessary for the type and range of flow under consideration. The new model does not require user input or ,empirical' fixes to force transition. For the first time in the open literature, three distinct flow regimes and the drag crisis due to the downstream shift of the separation point are predicted using an eddy,viscosity based model with transition effects. Discrepancies between experimental and computational results are discussed, and difficulties for CFD prediction are highlighted. Copyright 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    Numerical simulation of turbulent free surface flow with two-equation k,, eddy-viscosity models

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL METHODS IN FLUIDS, Issue 4 2004
    V. G. Ferreira
    Abstract This paper presents a finite difference technique for solving incompressible turbulent free surface fluid flow problems. The closure of the time-averaged Navier,Stokes equations is achieved by using the two-equation eddy-viscosity model: the high-Reynolds k,, (standard) model, with a time scale proposed by Durbin; and a low-Reynolds number form of the standard k,, model, similar to that proposed by Yang and Shih. In order to achieve an accurate discretization of the non-linear terms, a second/third-order upwinding technique is adopted. The computational method is validated by applying it to the flat plate boundary layer problem and to impinging jet flows. The method is then applied to a turbulent planar jet flow beneath and parallel to a free surface. Computations show that the high-Reynolds k,, model yields favourable predictions both of the zero-pressure-gradient turbulent boundary layer on a flat plate and jet impingement flows. However, the results using the low-Reynolds number form of the k,, model are somewhat unsatisfactory. Copyright 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    Evaluation of one- and two-equation low- Re turbulence models.

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL METHODS IN FLUIDS, Issue 12 2003
    Axisymmetric separating, Part I, swirling flows
    Abstract This first segment of the two-part paper systematically examines several turbulence models in the context of three flows, namely a simple flat-plate turbulent boundary layer, an axisymmetric separating flow, and a swirling flow. The test cases are chosen on the basis of availability of high-quality and detailed experimental data. The tested turbulence models are integrated to solid surfaces and consist of: Rodi's two-layer k,, model, Chien's low-Reynolds number k,, model, Wilcox's k,, model, Menter's two-equation shear-stress-transport model, and the one-equation model of Spalart and Allmaras. The objective of the study is to establish the prediction accuracy of these turbulence models with respect to axisymmetric separating flows, and flows of high streamline curvature. At the same time, the study establishes the minimum spatial resolution requirements for each of these turbulence closures, and identifies the proper low-Mach-number preconditioning and artificial diffusion settings of a Reynolds-averaged Navier,Stokes algorithm for optimum rate of convergence and minimum adverse impact on prediction accuracy. Copyright 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    Anisotropic Cartesian grid method for steady inviscid shocked flow computation

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL METHODS IN FLUIDS, Issue 10 2003
    Zi-Niu Wu
    Abstract The anisotropic Cartesian grid method, initially developed by Z.N. Wu (ICNMFD 15, 1996; CFD Review 1998, pp. 93,113) several years ago for efficiently capturing the anisotropic nature of a viscous boundary layer, is applied here to steady shocked flow computation. A finite-difference method is proposed for treating the slip wall conditions. Copyright 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    Numerical investigation of the first instabilities in the differentially heated 8:1 cavity

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL METHODS IN FLUIDS, Issue 8 2002
    F. Auteri
    Abstract We present a new Galerkin,Legendre spectral projection solver for the simulation of natural convection in a differentially heated cavity. The projection method is applied to the study of the first non-stationary instabilities of the flow in a 8:1 cavity. Statistics of the periodic solution are reported for a Rayleigh number of 3.4105. Moreover, we investigate the location and properties of the first Hopf bifurcation and of the three successive bifurcations. The results confirm the previous finding in the range of Rayleigh numbers investigated that the flow instabilities originate in the boundary layer on the vertical walls. A peculiar phenomenon of symmetry breaking and symmetry restoring is observed portraying the first steps of the transition to chaos for this flow. Copyright 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    2-D transmitral flows simulation by means of the immersed boundary method on unstructured grids

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL METHODS IN FLUIDS, Issue 12 2002
    F. M. Denaro
    Abstract Interaction between computational fluid dynamics and clinical researches recently allowed a deeper understanding of the physiology of complex phenomena involving cardio-vascular mechanisms. The aim of this paper is to develop a simplified numerical model based on the Immersed Boundary Method and to perform numerical simulations in order to study the cardiac diastolic phase during which the left ventricle is filled with blood flowing from the atrium throughout the mitral valve. As one of the diagnostic problems to be faced by clinicians is the lack of a univocal definition of the diastolic performance from the velocity measurements obtained by Eco,Doppler techniques, numerical simulations are supposed to provide an insight both into the physics of the diastole and into the interpretation of experimental data. An innovative application of the Immersed Boundary Method on unstructured grids is presented, fulfilling accuracy requirements related to the development of a thin boundary layer along the moving immersed boundary. It appears that this coupling between unstructured meshes and the Immersed Boundary Method is a promising technique when a wide range of spatial scales is involved together with a moving boundary. Numerical simulations are performed in a range of physiological parameters and a qualitative comparison with experimental data is presented, in order to demonstrate that, despite the simplified model, the main physiological characteristics of the diastole are well represented. Copyright 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    On the influence of numerical schemes and subgrid,stress models on large eddy simulation of turbulent flow past a square cylinder

    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR NUMERICAL METHODS IN FLUIDS, Issue 3 2002
    A. Nakayama
    Abstract Influence of finite difference schemes and subgrid-stress models on the large eddy simulation calculation of turbulent flow around a bluff body of square cylinder at a laboratory Reynolds number, has been examined. It is found that the type and the order of accuracy of finite-difference schemes and the subgrid-stress model for satisfactory results are dependent on each other, and the grid resolution and the Reynolds number. Using computational grids manageable by workstation-level computers, with which the near-wall region of the separating boundary layer cannot be resolved, central-difference schemes of realistic orders of accuracy, either fully conservative or non-conservative, suffer stability problems. The upwind-biased schemes of third order and the Smagorinsky eddy-viscosity subgrid model can give reasonable results resolving much of the energy-containing turbulent eddies in the boundary layers and in the wake and representing the subgrid stresses in most parts of the flow. Noticeable improvements can be obtained by either using higher order difference schemes, increasing the grid resolution and/or by implementing a dynamic subgrid stress model, but each at a cost of increased computational time. For further improvements, the very small-scale eddies near the upstream corners and in the laminar sublayers need to be resolved but would require a substantially larger number of grid points that are out of the range of easily accessible computers. Copyright 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]