Development of a two-velocities hybrid RANS-LES model and its application to a trailing edge flow

Juan Camilo Uribe, Nicolas Jarrin, Robert Prosser, Dominique Laurence, Juan Uribe Torres

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The flow around a trailing edge is computed with a new hybrid method designed to more clearly separate the effects of total and sub-grid turbulent stress-modelling on the time-averaged and instantaneous velocity fields, and in turn, mean momentum and kinetic energy balances. These two velocity fields independently define Reynolds averaged and sub-grid-scale viscosities, and distinct stresses, at the same location. In particular, resolved eddies can emerge, or sweep in and out of the Reynolds averaged near wall layer, without being dampened by higher levels of the viscosity in this RANS dominated layer. The two-field hybrid model, first tested on channel flows, gives accurate predictions of mean velocities and stresses for different Reynolds numbers and coarse meshes. For the trailing edge flow the results of the hybrid model are close to the reference fine LES for mean velocity and turbulent content, whereas the DES-SST on the same coarse mesh gives too early separation. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-197
Number of pages16
JournalFlow, Turbulence and Combustion
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010


  • Hybrid methods
  • LES
  • RANS
  • Trailing edge


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