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Comparison of Characteristics of Flow Around a Sphere With Trip Wire Using Different Turbulence Modeling Approaches

[+] Author Affiliations
Madhu Vellakal, Seid Koric, Ahmed Taha

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Muris Torlak

University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Paper No. IMECE2017-71667, pp. V001T03A006; 7 pages
doi:10.1115/IMECE2017-71667
From:
  • ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Advances in Aerospace Technology
  • Tampa, Florida, USA, November 3–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5834-9
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME

abstract

The flow characteristics of spherical bodies, arising in a variety of important engineering and environmental problems, range from laminar to turbulent flow. Turbulent flows are predominantly studied using the models based on Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations. Especially, in case of flows around bluff bodies RANS models have limitations in capturing flow separation and other characteristic flow properties. Hence, the use of high-fidelity turbulent models is required to investigate the physics of these types of flow in detail. This study aims to compare and analyze the results of an incompressible turbulent flow around a sphere with additional geometric detail, like a trip wire, using different simulation techniques: Large Eddy Simulation (LES) and RANS. Modeling bodies with different characteristic geometric scales may require high-performance computing (HPC) resources due to the need to include accurate spatial and temporal resolution using unstructured mesh generation. This may be under circumstances additional criterion for decision which simulation approach is to be adopted.

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