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On "spurious" eddies

Description: Recently several papers have appeared in the CFD literature, proposing an idealized instability problem as a benchmark for discriminating among numerical algorithms for two-dimensional Navier-Stokes flows. The problem is a double shear layer simulated at coarse resolution and with a prescribed interface perturbation. A variety of second-order accurate schemes have been tested, with all results falling into one of two solution patterns - one pattern with two eddies and the other with three eddies. In the literature, there is no fast-and-firm rule to predict the results of any particular algorithm. However it is asserted that the two-eddy solution is correct. Our own research has led to two conclusions. First, the appearance of the third eddy is tied up with small details of the truncation error; we illustrate this point by prescribing small changes that lead to reversal of the appearance/disappearance of the third eddy in several schemes. Second, we discuss the realizability of the two solutions and suggest that the three-eddy solution is the more physical. Overall, we conclude that this problem is a poor choice of benchmark to discriminate among numerical algorithms.
Date: January 1, 2001
Creator: Drikakis, D. (Dimitris); Margolin, L. G. & Smolarkiewicz, P. K. (Piotr K.)
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Implicit turbulence modeling for high reynolds number flows.

Description: We continue our investigation of the implicit turbulence modeling property of the nonoscillatory finite volume scheme MPDATA. We start by comparing MPDATA simulations of decaying turbulence in a triply periodic cube with analogous pseudospectral studies. In the regime of direct numerical simulation, MPDATA is shown to agree closely with the pseudospectral model. As viscosity is reduced, the two model results diverge. We study the MPDATA results in the inviscid limit, using a combination of mathematical analysis and computational experiment. We validate the inviscid MPDATA results as representing the turbulent flow in the limit of very high Reynolds number.
Date: January 1, 2001
Creator: Margolin, L. G.; Smolarkiewicz, P. K. (Piotr K.) & Wyszogrodzki, A. A. (Andrzej A.)
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