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New results on the model problem of the diffusion of turbulence from a plane source

Cazalbou, Jean-Bernard and Chassaing, Patrick New results on the model problem of the diffusion of turbulence from a plane source. (2001) Physics of Fluids, 1 (2). ISSN 1070-6631

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1336155


The problem of the diffusion of turbulence from a plane source is addressed in the context of two-equation eddy-viscosity models and Reynolds-stress-transport models. In the steady state, full analytic solutions are given. At second order, they provide the equilibrium value of the anisotropy level obtained with different combinations of return-to-isotropy and turbulent-diffusion schemes and confirm the results obtained by Straatman et al. [AIAA J. 36, 929 (1998)] in an approximate analysis. In addition, all the characteristics of the turbulence decrease can be determined and it is shown that a special constraint on the value of the modeling constants should hold if turbulence fills the whole surrounding space. In a second step, precise results can be given for the unsteady model problem at the first-order-closure level. The evolution cannot be described with a single set of characteristic scales and one has to distinguish the cases of short and large times. In the short-time regime, the flow is governed by the characteristic scales of turbulence at the source and contamination of the flow proceeds as t^1/2. At large times, the flow is governed by time-dependent characteristic scales that correspond to the solution of the steady problem at the instantaneous location of the front. Contamination of the flow proceeds as a power of time that can be related to the value of the modeling constants. The role of a combination of these constants is emphasized whose value can be specified to produce a solution that matches simultaneously the experimental data for the decrease of turbulent kinetic energy in the steady state and the exponent of the propagation velocity in the transient regime.

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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
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