Test of large eddy simulation sub-grid-scale models for flows in annular channels

Elia Merzari, H. Ninokata

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Abstract

Traditionally two main approaches are employed to study unsteady flows. These are the direct numerical solution of the Navier-Stokes equations (DNS) and Large Eddy Simulation (LES) . LES has gained popularity in the last years because of the availability of increasing computing power, and its lower computational cost compared with DNS2. The basic idea of LES, is that only the larger scales of motion are resolved while the smaller scales have to be modelled. The small scales of motion, correspondent to the higher part of the Kolgomorov spectra, have in fact a nearly universal behaviour and can therefore be modeled. In this paper we will present a priori and a posteriori analysis of flows in concentric annular and eccentric annular channels (a geometries that share similarities with bare fuel bundles), from a turbulence database in development at Tokyo Institute of Technology. The interest of this work relies on the lack of this kind of studies in relatively complex geometries like the eccentric annular flow. In fact, the application of filtered equations in complex geometries (through boundary fitted coordinates transformation, for example) raises some doubts about the validity and applicability of models usually derived and tested on parallel plates flow or decay of isotropic turbulence. The models tested in this work are the traditional Smagorinsky model3, the dynamic model of Germano4, and variants of the dynamic model5. Different filtering approaches are discussed as well as the necessary modifications a sub-grid scale model has to undergo in order to be used in a boundary fitted coordinate environment9.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSociete Francaise d'Energie Nucleaire - International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants - ICAPP 2007, "The Nuclear Renaissance at Work"
Pages410-420
Number of pages11
StatePublished - Oct 1 2008
EventSociete Francaise d'Energie Nucleaire - International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants - ICAPP 2007, "The Nuclear Renaissance at Work" - Nice, France
Duration: May 13 2007May 18 2007

Publication series

NameSociete Francaise d'Energie Nucleaire - International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants - ICAPP 2007, "The Nuclear Renaissance at Work"
Volume1

Other

OtherSociete Francaise d'Energie Nucleaire - International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants - ICAPP 2007, "The Nuclear Renaissance at Work"
CountryFrance
CityNice
Period5/13/075/18/07

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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