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On the Grid Sensitivity of the Wall Boundary Condition of the k-W Turbulence Model

AuthorsEça, L., Hoekstra, M.
Conference/JournalJournal of Fluids Engineering
Date27 Oct 2004
Pages900 - 910
This paper presents a study on the k − ω turbulence model with regard to the numerical implementation of the ω boundary condition at a solid wall, where ω tends to infinity. Three different implementations are tested in the calculation of a simple 2-D turbulent flow over a flat plate. Grid refinement studies in grids with different near-wall grid line spacings are performed to assess the numerical uncertainty of the predicted drag coefficient, CD . The results are compared with the predictions of several alternative algebraic, one-equation and two-equation eddy-viscosity turbulence models. For the same level of grid refinement, the estimated uncertainty of CD obtained with the k − ω model is one order of magnitude larger than for all the other models.


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