Modelling turbulent heat flux accounting for Turbulence-Radiation Interactions

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The present work investigates the modeling of turbulent heat transfer in flows where radiative and convective heat transfer are coupled. In high temperature radiatively participating flows, radiation is the most relevant heat transfer mechanism and, due to its non-locality, it causes counter intuitive interactions with the turbulent temperature field. These so-called Turbulence-Radiation Interactions (TRI) largely affect the temperature field, modifying substantially the turbulent heat transfer. Therefore, in the context of modeling (RANS/LES), these interactions require a closure model. This work provides the inclusion of TRI in the modeling of the turbulent heat transfer by adopting a unique approach which consists in approximating the fluctuations of the radiative field with temperature fluctuations only. Based on this approximation, coefficients of proportionality are employed in order to close the unknown terms in the relevant model equations. A closed form of all radiation-temperature-velocity correlation is explicitly derived depending on the chosen turbulent heat transfer model. This model is applied to a standard two-equation turbulent heat transfer closure and used to reproduce results obtained with high-fidelity DNS simulations. While a standard approach (i.e., neglecting TRI) is not able to correctly predict the DNS data, the new model's results shows exceptional agreement with the high-fidelity data. This clearly proves the validity (and the necessity) of the proposed model in non-reactive, radiative turbulent flows.

Original languageEnglish
Article number108728
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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