The implementation of an integral transition model in a parallel unstructured computational fluid dynamics code is described. In particular, an algorithm for gathering the nonlocal boundary layer values (momentum thickness and shape factor) from parallel distributed computational domains is presented. Transition modeling results are presented for a flat plate and for a low pressure turbine, covering a large variation of Reynolds numbers, Mach numbers, turbulence intensities, and incidence angles. Contrary to fully turbulent simulations, transitional predictions are in very good agreement with measurements. Furthermore, the computational overhead of transitional simulations is only 7% for one multigrid cycle.
An Approach for Inclusion of a Nonlocal Transition Model in a Parallel Unstructured Computational Fluid Dynamics Code
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Kožulović, D., and Lapworth, B. L. (April 8, 2009). "An Approach for Inclusion of a Nonlocal Transition Model in a Parallel Unstructured Computational Fluid Dynamics Code." ASME. J. Turbomach. July 2009; 131(3): 031008. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2987238
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