Turbulent wake prediction using deep convolutional neural networks

Bernat Font, Gabriel D Weymouth, Vinh-Tan Nguyen, Owen Tutty

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A machine-learning based closure is explored for the prediction of the turbulent wake of flow past a circular cylinder at a high Reynolds number. We show that classic turbulence closures based on the turbulent-viscosity hypothesis are not capable of modelling the non-linear relationship between the mean quantities and the target turbulent fields. Instead, different multiple-input multiple-output auto-encoder convolutional neural networks are explored in this work to develop a data-driven closure. A detailed hyper-parameter study is completed including network architecture, loss functions and input sets, among others.
A-priori results show 80% to 90% correlation coefficients between target and predicted turbulent fields of previously unseen data. High correlation coefficients are rapidly achieved by networks with a large number of trainable parameters, whereas smaller networks require more training epochs. The integration of the model in live simulations is theoretically discussed from its stability standpoint as well as preliminary physics-based constraints ideas to provide more stable data-driven closures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication33rd Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics, Osaka, Japan, 18/10/20
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


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