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Old   December 28, 2016, 11:47
Default LES Open bounded jet - Smagorinsky or one equation KE?
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Hey everyone,

I'm currently working on a FLUENT assignment which involves the use of LES in order to simulate a turbulent pulsating jet. The physical problem consists of a jet with a rectangular base 0.1x0.02m, at the base of a 2x4x0.02m domain, where each of the 0.02m sides is meant to be modelled as a symmetry boundary, with two grid points along the 0.02m side. The pulse is sine wave which is defined as a function of time in an UDF. The side walls and top wall are open, whereas the rest of the bottom base is a wall.

I am currently having some difficulty trying to choose which subgrid-scale model to use.

I think I understand that the default WALE model, as well as the WMLES models are probably not the best models to use in this case because they are tuned for wall-bounded flows. I think the best two options are either the dynamic Smagorinsky-Lilly (eddy viscosity) model or the Kinetic Energy Transport model.

When looking at papers online however, I can't find any reasons to choose one model over the other, and so I am stumped when trying to justify which model I have used and why. Do you have any recommendations?

Thank you in advance!
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I agree, ignore the WALE and WMLES stuff since they are not appropriate.

The original Smagorinsky-Lily and dynamic Smagorinsky SGS models are algebraic. The kinetic energy transport solves a transport equation for the subgrid scale kinetic energy. In this regard, I think the kinetic energy transport model is vastly superior (in theory). It's similar to using Prandtl's mixing length as a turbulence model versus the one-equation Spalart-Allmaras model. How well this theory is implemented and how accurately the numerical results compare with real world is another story.

Furthermore, I wouldn't expect much difference between original Smagorinsky versus Dynamic Smagorinsky. They should be similar.
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Old   January 13, 2017, 14:36
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Thanks for your advice! For most of the results I've seen on papers, when comparing Smagorinsky and kinetic energy transport model to real-world data they both seem to be pretty close. I think I can justify using either one.
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