The transition process of the boundary layer developing over a flat plate with elevated inlet Free Stream Turbulence Intensity (FSTI) has been studied by means of Large Eddy Simulation (LES). To this purpose, four cases with different inflow disturbances have been tested varying the magnitude and the length scale of turbulence. LES has been performed by using the finite-volume ANSYS Fluent code. The computational domain, which was constituted by a rectangular domain with a zero thickness plate, was based on an ERCOFTAC test case in order to provide a validation with a well-known set of data by comparing the boundary layer integral parameters and mean and fluctuating streamwise velocity profiles. The four cases were discussed within the paper by looking at classical statistical properties as well as advanced post-processing tools. It was shown that the decrease in the free stream turbulence level postpones the transition location, whereas the variation of the integral length scale has a very low influence on the distribution of the time-mean flow properties. Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) has been applied to the instantaneous LES flow fields in order to provide a statistical representation of the structures responsible for transition and their response to free-stream turbulence intensity and length scale. The presence of vortical filaments parallel to the wall, typically referred as boundary layer streaks, is clearly identified; their characteristic dimensions and how they change as a function of FSTI properties were analyzed within the paper.

Large Eddy Simulation of the By-pass Transition Process under Different Inlet Turbulence Conditions

Barsi D.;Lengani D.;Simoni D.;Ubaldi M.
2021

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The transition process of the boundary layer developing over a flat plate with elevated inlet Free Stream Turbulence Intensity (FSTI) has been studied by means of Large Eddy Simulation (LES). To this purpose, four cases with different inflow disturbances have been tested varying the magnitude and the length scale of turbulence. LES has been performed by using the finite-volume ANSYS Fluent code. The computational domain, which was constituted by a rectangular domain with a zero thickness plate, was based on an ERCOFTAC test case in order to provide a validation with a well-known set of data by comparing the boundary layer integral parameters and mean and fluctuating streamwise velocity profiles. The four cases were discussed within the paper by looking at classical statistical properties as well as advanced post-processing tools. It was shown that the decrease in the free stream turbulence level postpones the transition location, whereas the variation of the integral length scale has a very low influence on the distribution of the time-mean flow properties. Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) has been applied to the instantaneous LES flow fields in order to provide a statistical representation of the structures responsible for transition and their response to free-stream turbulence intensity and length scale. The presence of vortical filaments parallel to the wall, typically referred as boundary layer streaks, is clearly identified; their characteristic dimensions and how they change as a function of FSTI properties were analyzed within the paper.
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