Progress Towards an LES Wall Model Including Unresolved Roughness

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2015-11-22
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Craft, Kyle
Redman, Andrew
Aikens, Kurt
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Houghton College
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Wall models used in large eddy simulations(LES) are often based on the oriesforhy draulically smooth walls. While this is reasonable for many applications, there are also many where the impact of surface roughness is important. A previously developed wall model has been used primarily for jet engine aeroacoustics. However, jet simulations have not accurately captured thick initial shear layers found in some experimental data. This may partly be due to nozzle wall roughness used in the experiments to promote turbulent boundary layers. As a result, the wall model is extended to include the effects of unresolved wall roughness through appropriate alterations to the log-law. The methodology is tested for incompressible flat plate boundary layers with different surface roughness. Correct trends are noted for the impact of surface roughness on the velocity profile. However, velocity deficit profiles and the Reynolds stresses do not collapse as well as expected for higher roughness. Possible reasons for the discrepancies as well as future work are presented.
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68th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, Boston, MA, Nov. 22-24, 2015; XXXV Annual Rochester Symposium for Physics Students, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY., April 2, 2016.
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