On the accuracy of partially averaged Navier–Stokes resolution estimates

Maarten Klapwijk, T. Lloyd, G. Vaz

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Partially Averaged Navier–Stokes computations can employ three different approaches for specifying the ratio of modelled-to-total turbulence kinetic energy fk. Use can be made of either a constant, a spatially- or a spatially- and temporally-varying value. This work compares different estimates for fk found in literature and evaluates them for two test-cases: a circular cylinder at Re=3900 and a turbulent channel flow at Reτ=395. Additionally, the estimates are compared to the a posteriori computed ratio of modelled-to-total turbulence kinetic energy()hfk˜ obtained from the PANS flow solution. The trends observed for the estimates are similar, although the magnitude varies significantly. All spatially varying fk approaches reduce the PANS model to a DES-like model, thereby entangling modelling and discretisation errors. At the same time, fk˜ shows that the behaviour of these estimates is incorrect: fk becomes too large near the wall of the object and in the far field. It is observed that fk˜ is always lower than the set value, when using fk fixed in space and time. Finally, it is clear that the estimates, applied to internal, boundary layer, flows yield too high values for fk. In order to minimise errors and increase the reliability of industrial CFD results, the approach with a constant fk is still preferable, assuming suitably fine grids are used.

Original languageEnglish
Article number108484
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Bridging model
  • Circular cylinder
  • PANS
  • Ratio of modelled-to-total kinetic energy
  • Turbulent channel flow
  • Verification


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