A generalized Langevin model for turbulent flows.

D. C. Haworth, S. B. Pope

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A Langevin model appropriate to constant property turbulent flows is developed from the general equation for the fluid particle velocity increment proposed by Pope in an earlier paper. This model can be viewed as an analogy between the turbulent velocity of a fluid particle and the velocity of a particle undergoing Brownian motion. The objective of the present work is to determine the form of a second order tensor appearing in the general model equation as a function of local mean quantities. While the model is not restricted to homogeneous turbulence, the second order tensor is evaluated by considering the evolution of the Reynolds stresses in homogeneous flows. A function form for the tensor is chosen that is linear in the normalized anisotropy tensor and in the mean velocity gradients. The resulting coefficients are evaluated by matching the modelled Reynolds stress evolution to experimental data in homogeneous flows. Constraints are applied to ensure consistency with rapid distortion theory and to satisfy a consistency condition in the limit of two dimensional turbulence. A set of coefficients is presented for which the model yields good agreement with available data in homogeneous flows. (from authors' abstract)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-405
Number of pages19
Issue number2 , Feb. 1986
StatePublished - 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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