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April 16, 2007, 11:12 
Difference between periodic and slip BC

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I am working on on a transonic turbulent channel flow. The simulation is 3D and fully unsteady. The symmetrical domain consists of one nonslip floor, two sidewalls and one upper wall. My professor wants to know the difference on the flowfield if we use periodic BC and slip BC for the sidewalls respectively. All other settings are identical for the two simulations. We also want to explore some difference in acoustic characteristics. I think mathematically we are just solving NS equation using two similar kinds of boundary settings. It's hard for me to find the difference in instant flow field. And for a timeaverage domain, they should be the same. I even wonder if this topic is really meaningful. Any opinion? BTW, is the slip wall BC exactly the same with symmetry BC? Thank you very much. Bearcat 

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April 16, 2007, 11:52 
Re: Difference between periodic and slip BC

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Your professor is rightly curious about the difference between periodic and slip conditions. Those are completely different conditions, mathematically and physically, but they can give you the same result, under certain flow conditions (a zero gradient normal to the boundary, for example, can be consistent with both symmetry and periodicity).
I can't comment on the implementation of your slip condition, but typically it's equivalent to a symmetry condition. They are not the same as a periodicity condition!. 

April 16, 2007, 12:36 
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Actually my professor is interested in the acoustic difference for these two BC. She thought the pressure wave reflection from the sidewall may be different under these two BC.


April 16, 2007, 21:27 
Re: Difference between periodic and slip BC

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You would expect so.


April 19, 2007, 14:24 
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Mathematically, both are same.
Periodic BC, e.g. dv/dx = 0 on the wall. This will give v(n) = v(n1); where n is the grid number at the wall. Slip BC is put in the form: v(n) = v(n1) at the wall. Both are same from my point of view. 

April 20, 2007, 11:59 
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Wrong. A periodic boundary condition enforces "periodicity" over the domain, not "symmetry". Periodicity means that the flow variables at one boundary are transferred to the variables at the corresponding point on the opposing boundary, for example if you have a "lefthand" boundary at j=1 and a "righthand" boundary at j=jmax, then the periodicity conditions says v(1) = v(jmax), for scalar quantities (vectors may have to be rotated in the case of rotational periodicity).
Let's keep these terms straight: Periodicity/Symmetry/Slip are three concepts. The latter two are usually identical (inviscid wall). The first one is completely different. 

April 30, 2007, 09:24 
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Hi,
it's not a channel flow problem but I have performed subsonic LES of cavity located within a channel with either periodic or slip lateral BC. Results were quite different, even looking at the timeaveraged flowfields: with periodicity, the flow was almost homogeneous in the spanwise direction (only small perturbations of short wavelength) whereas with slip BC there was a strong asymmetry due to a bifurcation (see http://journals.cambridge.org/action...22112006004502 if you're interested in details) I do not expect such a dramatic alteration for a "simple" channel flow because there is no separated region in it but if acoustic waves are at play, lateral BC surely matters. Regards, Lionel 

May 9, 2007, 16:47 
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Thank you for your paper, Lionel. Actually my simulation is close to your application with a groove on the channel floor.
For your case, I think a symmetry timeaveraged flow field should be the theoretical result from symmetrical BC. But it's quite unstable. And asymmetry is easily excited due to the computation error and order. I came to an idea that both slip and periodic sidewall are kind of constraints on the flow field. Slip sidewall set the spanwise velocity to zero and periodic BC set all three velocity components on one sidewall identical to the other sidewall. In the perspective of velocity vectors attached to grid points, periodic BC is losing more degrees of freedom or adding more constraints to the flow field. So cavity flow with periodic sidewall will have a lower sound pressure level(SPL) than the slip sidewall case. 

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