In order to evaluate turbulence subgrid-scale models for stably stratified flows, we performed direct numerical simulations (DNS) of homogeneous stratified turbulence with large-scale horizontal forcing. In these simulations we found that energy dissipation is concentrated within thin layers of horizontal tagliatelle-like vortex sheets between large pancake-like structures. For large eddy simulation (LES), we use an implicit subgrid-scale model, based on the Adaptive Local Deconvolution Method (ALDM). Our analysis proves that the implicit turbulence model ALDM correctly predicts the turbulence energy budget and the energy spectra of stratified turbulence, even though dissipative structures are not resolved on the computational grid.
|Title of host publication||High Performance Computing in Science and Engineering '12|
|Subtitle of host publication||Transactions of the High Performance Computing Center, Stuttgart (HLRS) 2012|
|Number of pages||16|
|ISBN (Print)||3642333737, 9783642333736|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2013|