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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24834

Title: A Consistent Numerical Method for Simulating Interfacial Turbulent Flows
Authors: Montazeri, Hanif
Advisor: Mostaghimi, Javad
Department: Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Keywords: Turbulence
Issue Date: 31-Aug-2010
Abstract: A mathematically consistent algorithm for simulating interfacial turbulent flows is devised in this work. To minimize numerical errors for imposing dynamic boundary conditions at the interface locations, piezometric pressure is used to limit the effect of gravity forces in a flow field. Consequently, suitable and consistent numerical schemes are designed to accurately implement the new forms of interfacial forces. The proposed numerical methods are challenged for low Froude number flows which tend to trouble conventional algorithms. To capture the effect of turbulence on the interface, standard large eddy simulation techniques are reviewed and discussed. It is shown the standard filtered flow equations encounter numerical and mathematical inconsistencies. To remedy the irregularities of the conventional methods, a new framework for large eddy simulations is grounded. Purely mathematical models are derived and correlated with the conventionally more physical models. Semi implicit SIMPLE method is used to discretize the final flow equations. Taking advantage of the implicit feature of SIMPLE algorithm, an error correction technique is devised by which numerical cost of a turbulent simulation is substantially reduced. The entire framework is finally discussed toward simulating a turbulent interfacial flow.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24834
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