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Old   September 8, 2015, 10:48
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Hi all,
I'm trying to simulate a channel flow with CFX and LES model but can't get any fluctuations. I've used Smagorinsky and dynamic S but couldn't reproduce fluctuations in any of them. My runs were long enough but the velocity profiles turn out to be the average and the maximum fluctuates in every output.
Anyone has any experience here?
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Old   September 8, 2015, 18:31
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First of all - the basics - are you in a flow regime which generates turbulence? If the flow is laminar you won't get turbulence no matter what you do.

Assuming your flow should be turbulent then the fact you are not getting fluctuations suggests you have too much dissipation in your model. This is normal - you need to be very careful to get the dissipation low enough for LES to work.

Things to consider (in order of importance, most important first):
* Finer mesh
* advection scheme, use the bounded central differencing for LES. Or if you have to hybrid with a blend factor of 1.0, but you will need to run a finder mesh to get over the additional dissipation of this over central differencing.
* Time differencing - second order
* Something to trip the turbulence, either an edge or artificial oscillator
* double precision numerics
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Thank you Ghorrocks. My Reynolds number was 8800 which for a pipe is fully turbulent. Also I was using the central difference (best possible in CFX) with fine enough grid and time steps. It seems still everything is too dissipative so I increased the Reynolds number to 40000 and now I'm getting the turbulence.
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