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Analysis of Turbulence Generation and Energy Transfer Mechanisms in Boundary Layer Transition Using Direct Numerical Simulation

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Shanti Bhushan, Manish Borse, D. Keith Walters

Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

Crystal L. Pasiliao

Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), Eglin AF Base, FL

Paper No. FEDSM2016-7795, pp. V01AT08A006; 7 pages
  • ASME 2016 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting collocated with the ASME 2016 Heat Transfer Summer Conference and the ASME 2016 14th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • Volume 1A, Symposia: Turbomachinery Flow Simulation and Optimization; Applications in CFD; Bio-Inspired and Bio-Medical Fluid Mechanics; CFD Verification and Validation; Development and Applications of Immersed Boundary Methods; DNS, LES and Hybrid RANS/LES Methods; Fluid Machinery; Fluid-Structure Interaction and Flow-Induced Noise in Industrial Applications; Flow Applications in Aerospace; Active Fluid Dynamics and Flow Control — Theory, Experiments and Implementation
  • Washington, DC, USA, July 10–14, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5028-2
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Temporally developing DNS for channel flow at Reτ = 180 and 590 are performed to understand the turbulence generation mechanism for wall bound flow transition. Simulations for Reτ = 180 were performed for initial turbulence intensities TI = 0.1%, 1%, 2.5% and 5% and for Reτ = 590 with TI = 1% and 5%. The results in the fully developed turbulent region were compared with Moser et al. (1999) DNS data to validate the predictions. The near-wall vortical structures, mean and turbulent stresses and energy spectra, and turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) and stress budget in the pre-transition, transition and turbulent regions are analyzed to understand the turbulence onset, growth and decay mechanism. Finally, molecular diffusion and pressure strain time scales in the pre-transition to turbulent regions are analyzed to evaluate the turbulence onset criteria.

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