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cfd_newbie March 14, 2011 03:14

Conceptual doubt about laminar/turbulent flows
I have a very basic conceptual doubt about how we runa laminar or turbulent simulations.

1. Is there a definite way by which we can say a flow is laminar/turbulent or in transition ? Is it not dependent heavily on the geometry shape and it is more difficult to define weather a flow is laminar or turbulent for bodies with complicated geometry (like flow over a terrain or flow over an oil rig where there is no single fixed reference length).

2. If we know for sure that a flow is laminar but we run it as a turbulent simulation, will not the artificial numerical turbulence die on it's own ?
In other words what are the pits falls of our choice.

Thanks in advance to anyone who enlighten me with these doubts.

solique March 16, 2011 06:25

Hi Raashid,

I have the same question with you and I would like to just present my own thinking,

(1). Generally in macroscale, the difference between laminar and turbulence flow is Re around 2300. But during CFD analysis, we usually encounter problems with various Re or special geometries where no Re could be calculated. At this time i tend to use turbulence.

(2). I was told by someone that using turbulence model in a laminar flow problem only increases the calculation time. Yes there are much possibilities of numerical diffussion, but as long as the result converge..

Of couse, we should test with calculating both models in the same boundary.


duwe March 16, 2011 10:19

how to create turbulent flow
i'm new to cfd..therefore,i'm having a problem to define the variable to run turbulent flow..
it is very appreciate to those can help me with this..

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