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Novel Implementation and Assessment of a Digital Filter Based Approach for the Generation of Large Eddy Simulation Inlet Conditions

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posted on 2023-06-07, 20:36 authored by I Veloudis, Z Yang, J J McGuirk, G J Page, A Spencer
A novel implementation of a digital filter based inlet condition generator for Large Eddy Simulation (LES) is presented. The effect of using spatially varying turbulence scales as inputs is investigated; it is found that this has impact on both accuracy and affordability, and has prompted the algorithm implementation changes described in the paper. LES of a channel flow with a periodically repeating constriction was used as a test case. The accuracy of the present simulation using a streamwise periodic boundary condition (PBC) was first established by comparison with a previously published highly resolved LES study. Post-processed statistics from the PBC simulation were then input into a Digital Filter Generator (DFG) algorithm. Three time series were created using the DFG for subsequent use as LES inlet conditions. In the first, as well as inputting the spatially varying first and second moments of the velocity field over the inlet plane from the PBC simulation, the turbulence scales input into the DFG were chosen to be spatially uniform with values specified by an area weighted average across the channel inlet height. In the second and third time-series, the turbulence scales were allowed to change in the wall normal direction, their variation again being deduced from the PBC simulation. These various time series were then used as inlet boundary conditions for LES prediction of the same flow case. Analysis of the results and comparison to the PBC predictions showed that the use of spatially varying turbulence scales increased the accuracy of the simulation in some important areas. However, the cost of generating unsteady inlet conditions using the DFG approach increased significantly with the use of spatially varying turbulence scales. Consequently, a new technique applied as part of the DFG approach is described (used as an 'on the fly' method), which significantly reduces the cost of generating LES inlet conditions, even when spatially non-uniform turbulent scales are used


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