Rough Surface Wall Function Treatment with Single Equation Turbulence Models

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Uriel Goldberg

Metacomp Technologies Inc., 28632 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Paul Batten

Metacomp Technologies Inc., 28632 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills, CA 91301

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4036245 History: Received October 03, 2016; Revised February 13, 2017


Most literature in the area of turbulent flow over rough surfaces discusses methods for turbulence models based on two or more transport equations, one of which is that for turbulence kinetic energy which supplies k that is heavily used for the rough wall treatment. However, many aeronautical engineers routinely use single equation turbulence models which solve directly for eddy viscosity and do not involve k. The present work proposes methods by which such one-equation models can predict flow cases which include multiple rough surfaces. The current approach does not impose changes to the wall distance function, should such a function be necessary. Several examples show that the proposed method is able to produce good predictions of both skin friction and heat transfer along rough surfaces. While results are not always as accurate as those predicted by turbulence models which solve for k, especially if detached or wake-like flow regions exist, accompanied by significant increase in eddy viscosity, the single-equation models are able to provide predictions at least good enough for preliminary studies.

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