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alinik April 29, 2013 15:39

turbulence flux closure for heat transfer

I am looking for some documentation regarding "anisotropic diffusion" model for turbulence flux closure for heat transfer in CFX. By default CFX uses "eddy diffusivity" model to correlate the reynolds heat flux to reynolds stress. This "anisotropic diffusion" model is available only for some of the turbulence models and I could not find any mathematical description of this model, not even in CFX documentation. Does any body know about these formulations?


ghorrocks April 29, 2013 19:05

Do you mean Reynolds Stress Models, and the related Algebraic Stress models? These are the only turbulence models in CFX which support anisotropic turbulence. The derivation of these models is in the documentation, and if that is not good enough it is covered in any reasonable CFD textbook.

alinik April 29, 2013 19:13

I did not mean that, I am familiar with the turbulence models. I want to know what closure CFX uses for heat transfer or better to say "Reynolds flux". By default it uses eddy diffusivity model but for some turbulence models like BSL, there is another option available and that is "anisotropic diffusion". I would like to know more about that. I could not find anything in any documentations

ghorrocks April 30, 2013 19:31

I am not familiar with the option you refer to. To the best of my knowledge the heat equation just uses the Prandtl number to have a dissipation proportional to the turbulent viscous dissipation. I am not aware of any anisotropic options for this.

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