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Farhadi, A; Mayrhofer, A; Tritthart, M; Glas, M; Habersack, H.
(2017): Accuracy and comparison of standard k-E with two variants of k- turbulence models in fluvial applications
ENG APPL COMP FLUID. 2017; 12(1): 216-235. FullText FullText_BOKU

Racetrack flumes are established experimental settings in ecohydraulics and sediment studies. Their experimental results are often coupled with numerical simulations. The two-equation turbulence closures of the Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes equations are applied widely in such engineering applications. They are preferred for their ease of use and low computational costs compared with more sophisticated turbulence models involving large-scale fluvial simulations. Here, three variants of two-equation models, i.e. the standard k-E model and two variants of k- models, were applied to tackle mean flow and turbulence in a racetrack flume and a river reach. Regarding model performances, we found an overall reasonable agreement between simulated and measured mean velocity values. Nonetheless, the simulated turbulent kinetic energy exhibited discrepancies to the measured values. The computational costs of all investigated model variants are comparable. Therefore, there is no significant preference among models. The findings confirm the application of these model approaches for mean flow-related investigations (e.g. habitat modeling) but suggest exercising caution for applications sensitive to turbulent processes.
Authors BOKU Wien:
Farhadi Ghashghaei Alireza
Glas Martin
Habersack Helmut
Mayrhofer Arno
Tritthart Michael

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