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Accelerating The High-Fidelity Simulation of Turbulance: Ensemble Averaging

TitleAccelerating The High-Fidelity Simulation of Turbulance: Ensemble Averaging
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMakarashvili, V, Merzari, E, Obabko, AV, Fischer, P, Siegel, A
Conference NameASME 2016 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting
AbstractComputational fluid dynamics (CFD) is increasingly used to simulate complex industrial systems. Most CFD analysis relies on the Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) approach and traditional two-equation turbulence models. Higher-fidelity approaches to the simulation of turbulence such as wall-resolved large eddy simulation (LES) and direct numerical simulation (DNS) remain limited to smaller applications or to large supercomputing platforms. Nonetheless, continued advances in supercomputing are enabling the simulation of physical systems of increasing size and complexity. These simulations can be used to gain unprecedented insight into the physics of turbulence in complex flows and will become more widespread as petascale architectures become more accessible. As the scale and size of LES and DNS simulations increase, however, the limitations of current algorithms become apparent. For larger systems, more temporal and spatial scale must be resolved, thus increasing the time-scale separation. While the smaller time scales dictate the size and the computational cost associated with each time step, the larger time scales dictate the length of the transient. An increased time-scale separation leads to smaller time steps and longer transients, eventually leading to simulations that are impractical or infeasible.