calculate k and epsilon from turbulent intensity
Hi there,
I want to calculate the inlet parameters for k and epsilon from my experimental results u', v' and w' or Turbulent intensity Tu. How can this be done? Ralf 
Re: calculate k and epsilon from turbulent intensi
I found some eq. in the forum, but does someone know, were they are from? And for what they are valid???
Mu_eff=20*Mu_laminar k_inlet= (U_in*TU)**2 Tu=turbulent intensity. U_in=sqrt(u*u+v*v+w*w) e_inlet= (Cmu*rho_inlet*(k_inlet)**2)/Mu_eff 
Re: calculate k and epsilon from turbulent intensi
The nongeneral part on those formulas is the Mu_eff=20*Mu_laminar equation, that is just a wild guess. It might be a fairly okay for external aerodynamics where the turbulence level coming in is very low, but for internal flows with more turbulence Mu_eff will be much higher. Then it is more correct to try to estimate the turbulent lenghtscale and derive epsilon from that. You can find the formulas in any book about turbulence modeling. I'd recommend Wilcox's Turbulence Modeling for CFD. If I get some time tomorrow I'll try to add the relevant formulas to the Wiki here so that you can get them directly online. If someone has them in latex already feel free to help me.

Re: calculate k and epsilon from turbulent intensi
I just wrote something about the turbulence intensity in CFDWiki here:
http://www.cfdonline.com/Wiki/Turbulence_intensity Someone should add something about turbulent lengths scales, viscosity ratios etc. also. I'll see if I get some time later to do this also. 
Re: calculate k and epsilon from turbulent intensi
I also wrote something about the turbulent lengthscale here:
http://www.cfdonline.com/Wiki/Turbulent_lengthscale 
Re: calculate k and epsilon from turbulent intensi
hello... For a diffuser with outlet/inlet area ratio of about 5, what value would you suggest for turbulent length scale? Thanks.

Re: calculate k and epsilon from turbulent intensi
That depends entirely on what is upstream of the diffusor.

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