A three-equation bypass transition model based on the intermittency function

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2013-01-01
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Ge, Xuan
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Paul A. Durbin
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Aerospace Engineering
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An intermittency model that is formulated in local variables is proposed for representing bypass transition in Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) computations. No external data correlation is used to fix transition. Transition is initiated by diffusion and a source term carries it to completion. A sink term is created to predict the laminar region before transition and vanishes in turbulent region. The present model is implemented in OpenFOAM, a platform for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes with unstructured mesh. For validation of this model, a group of test cases based on flat plate experiments have been set up for numerical simulations in OpenFOAM. It turns out that the current model is capable to predict boundary layer transition on a flat plate both with and without pressure gradients when decent agreement with the available experiment data is observed.

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