Performance comparison of the standard κ-ε model and a differential Reynolds stress model for a backward facing step

Siva Parameswaran, Dong Yang Hao, Vui Chok Chee

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Abstract

Differential Reynolds Stress model (RSM) based on Launder, Reece and Rodi (LRR) is formulated with appropriate wall functions and applied to predict the backward-facing step problem of Driver and Seegmiller. Numerical predictions obtained with LRR, with and without `wall reflective' terms in the pressure-strain model, are compared with the results of standard k-ε model of Launder and Spalding for the step problem. The results demonstrate that both LRR models i.e. with and without wall reflective terms, are capable of capturing the secondary recirculating bubble near the step as observed in the experiment, whereas the standard k-ε model fails to predict the secondary bubble. In addition, the mean velocity profiles obtained with the LRR models agree better with the experimental data than the k-ε model, particularly inside the recirculating region. It is also emerged from the present study that with proper wall functions, LRR model is capable of predicting recirculating flows, at least as good as the original LRR model, without the `wall reflective' terms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTurbulent Flows
PublisherPubl by ASME
Pages39-46
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)0791813711
StatePublished - 1994
EventProceedings of the 1994 ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting. Part 9 (of 18) - Lake Tahoe, NV, USA
Duration: Jun 19 1994Jun 23 1994

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fluids Engineering Division (Publication) FED
Volume188

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 1994 ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting. Part 9 (of 18)
CityLake Tahoe, NV, USA
Period06/19/9406/23/94

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