Implicit LES applied to zero-pressure-gradient and adverse-pressure-gradient boundary-layer turbulence

S. Hickel, N. A. Adams

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Further development of large-eddy simulation (LES) faces as major obstacles the strong coupling between subgrid-scale (SGS) modeling and the truncation error of the numerical discretization. One can exploit this link by developing discretization methods where the truncation error itself functions as an implicit SGS model. The adaptive local deconvolution method (ALDM) is an approach to LES of turbulent flows that represents a full coupling of SGS model and discretization scheme. To provide evidence for the validity of this new SGS model, well resolved large-eddy simulations of a fully turbulent flat-plate boundary-layer flow subjected to a constant adverse pressure gradient are conducted. Flow parameters are adapted to an available experiment. The Reynolds number based on the local free-stream velocity and momentum thickness is 670 at the inflow and 5100 at the separation point. Clauser's pressure-gradient parameter increases monotonically from 0 up to approximately 100 since a constant pressure gradient is prescribed. The adverse pressure gradient leads to a highly unsteady and massive separation of the boundary layer. The numerical predictions agree well with theory and experimental data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)626-639
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Boundary layer
  • Large-eddy simulation
  • Separation
  • Subgrid-scale modeling
  • Transition

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