A Dynamic LES Scheme for the Vorticity Transport Equation: Formulation and a Priori Tests

John R. Mansfield, Omar M. Knio*, Charles Meneveau

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This work aims at the development of a Lagrangian large eddy simulation (LES) scheme. The scheme is based on the filtered vorticity transport equation and on modeling the effects of subfilter scale (SFS) velocity and vorticity fluctuations using a dynamic eddy diffusivity model. The dynamic implementation of the model relies on multiple filtering in order to determine model coefficients from the resolved data. The performance of the dynamic SFS model is examined usinga prioritests that are based on direct numerical simulations of forced, homogeneous, isotropic turbulence. The tests show a fair correlation of the model with SFS convection of vorticity. In addition, the computed value of the dynamic model coefficient is in good agreement with predictions based on enstrophy balances. Finally, the direct numerical simulation data is used to compare a three-dimensional particle representation of the model with spectral evaluations. The tests show that when the particle representation is sufficiently resolved, the Lagrangian model predictions are in good agreement with spectral results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)693-730
Number of pages38
JournalJournal of Computational Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 20 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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