Person: Pinelli, Alfredo
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
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PublicationReynolds number dependence of mean flow structure in square duct turbulence - CORRIGENDUM(Cambridge University Press, 2010) Pinelli, Alfredo; Uhlmann, Markus; Sekimoto, Atshushi; Kawahara, Genta PublicationMarginally turbulent flow in a square duct(Cambridge University Press, 2007) Uhlmann, Markus; Pinelli, Alfredo; Kawahara, Genta; Sekimoto, AtshushiA direct numerical simulation of turbulent flow in a straight square duct was performed in order to determine the minimal requirements for self-sustaining turbulence. It was found that turbulence can be maintained for values of the bulk Reynolds number above approximately 1100, corresponding to a friction-velocity-based Reynolds number of 80. The minimum value for the streamwise period of the computational domain is around 190 wall units, roughly independently of the Reynolds number. We present a characterization of the flow state at marginal Reynolds numbers which substantially differs from the fully turbulent one: the marginal state exhibits a four-vortex secondary flow structure alternating in time whereas the fully turbulent one presents the usual eight-vortex pattern. It is shown that in the regime of marginal Reynolds numbers buffer-layer coherent structures play a crucial role in the appearance of secondary flow of Prandtl's second kind. PublicationReynolds number dependence of mean flow structure in square duct turbulence(Cambridge University Press, 2010) Pinelli, Alfredo; Uhlmann, Markus; Sekimoto, Atshushi; Kawahara, GentaWe have performed direct numerical simulations of turbulent flows in a square duct considering a range of Reynolds numbers spanning from a marginal state up to fully developed turbulent states at low Reynolds numbers. The main motivation stems from the relatively poor knowledge about the basic physical mechanisms that are responsible for one of the most outstanding features of this class of turbulent flows: Prandtl's secondary motion of the second kind. In particular, the focus is upon the role of flow structures in its generation and characterization when increasing the Reynolds number. We present a two-fold scenario. On the one hand, buffer layer structures determine the distribution of mean streamwise vorticity. On the other hand, the shape and the quantitative character of the mean secondary flow, defined through the mean cross-stream function, are influenced by motions taking place at larger scales. It is shown that high velocity streaks are preferentially located in the corner region (e.g. less than 50 wall units apart from a sidewall), flanked by low velocity ones. These locations are determined by the positioning of quasi-streamwise vortices with a preferential sign of rotation in agreement with the above described velocity streaks' positions. This preferential arrangement of the classical buffer layer structures determines the pattern of the mean streamwise vorticity that approaches the corners with increasing Reynolds number. On the other hand, the centre of the mean secondary flow, defined as the position of the extrema of the mean cross-stream function (computed using the mean streamwise vorticity), remains at a constant location departing from the mean streamwise vorticity field for larger Reynolds numbers, i.e. it scales in outer units. This paper also presents a detailed validation of the numerical technique including a comparison of the numerical results with data obtained from a companion experiment. PublicationCoherent structures in marginally turbulent square duct flow(Springer, 2008) Uhlmann, Markus; Pinelli, Alfredo; Sekimoto, Atshushi; Kawahara, Genta; Kaneda, YukioDirect numerical simulation of fully developed turbulent flow in a straight square duct was performed in order to determine the minimal requirements for self-sustaining turbulence. It was found that turbulence can be maintained for values of the bulk Reynolds number above approximately 1100, corresponding to a friction-velocity-based Reynolds number of 80. The minimum value for the streamwise period of the computational domain measures around 190 wall units, roughly independently of the Reynolds number. Furthermore, we present a characterization of the marginal state, where coherent structures are found to have significant relevance to the appearance of secondary flow of Prandtl’s second kind. PublicationThe eﬀect of coherent structures on the secondary ﬂow in a square duct(Springer, 2009) Sekimoto, Atshushi; Pinelli, Alfredo; Uhlmann, Markus; Kawahara, Genta; Eckhardt, BrunoThe appearance of secondary flow of Prandtl’s second kind is a well-known phenomenon in fully developed turbulent rectangular duct flow. The intensity of the secondary flow is two orders of magnitude smaller than that of the mean streamwise velocity; however, it plays an important role in the crossstreamwise momentum, heat and mass transfer. Our recent study  revealed that the mean secondary flow is a statistical footprint of the turbulent flow structures, i.e. streamwise vortices and streaks which are observed in the nearwall region, whose cross-sectional positions are constrained by the presence of the side walls at marginal Reynolds number (approximately 1100, based on the bulk velocity and the duct half width, corresponding to a friction Reynolds number of about 80). In this marginal case, one low-speed streak associated with a pair of counter-rotating streamwise vortices can exist over each wall and they are self-sustained . When considering the higher Reynolds numbers, the increment of duct width in wall unit allows the simultaneous presence of multiple low velocity streaks and pairs of streamwise vortices upon the wall. PublicationTurbulence-and buoyancy-driven secondary flow in a horizontal square duct heated from below(American Institute of Physics, 2011) Sekimoto, Atshushi; Kawahara, Genta; Sekiyama, K.; Uhlmann, Markus; Pinelli, AlfredoDirect numerical simulations of fully developed turbulent flows in a horizontal square duct heated from below are performed at bulk Reynolds numbers Re(b) = 3000 and 4400 (based on duct width H) and bulk Richardson numbers 0 <= Ri <= 1.03. The primary objective of the numerical simulations concerns the characterization of the mean secondary flow that develops in this class of flows. On one hand, it is known that turbulent isothermal flow in a square duct presents secondary mean motions of Prandtl's second kind that finds its origin in the behavior of turbulence structures. On the other hand, thermal convection drives a mean secondary motion of Prandtl's first kind directly induced by buoyancy. As far as the mean structure of the cross-stream motion is concerned, it is found that different types of secondary flow regimes take place when increasing the value of the Richardson number. The mean secondary flow in the range 0.025 less than or similar to Ri less than or similar to 0.25 is characterized by a single large-scale thermal convection roll and four turbulence-driven corner vortices of the opposite sense of rotation to the roll, as contrasted with the classical scenario of the eight-vortex secondary flow pattern typical of isothermal turbulent square-duct flow. This remarkable structural difference in the corner regions can be interpreted in terms of combined effects, on instantaneous streamwise vortices, of the large-scale circulation and of the geometrical constraint by the duct corner. When further increasing the Richardson number, i.e., Ri greater than or similar to 0.25, the structure of the mean secondary flow is solely determined by the large-scale circulation induced by the buoyancy force. In this regime, the additional mean cross-stream motion is characterized by the presence of two distinct buoyancy-driven vortices of opposite sense of rotation to the circulation only in two of the four corner regions. With increasing Ri, the large-scale circulation is found to enhance the wall skin friction and heat transfer. In the significant-buoyancy regime Ri greater than or similar to 0.25, the mean cross-stream motion and its rms fluctuations are found to scale, respectively, with the buoyancy-induced velocity u(g)=root g beta Delta TH (g, beta, and Delta T being the gravity acceleration, the volumetric coefficient of thermal expansion, and the temperature difference across the duct, respectively) and with the mixed velocity scale root(nu/H)u(g) (nu being the kinematic viscosity). It is suggested that the probable scalings for the rms of streamwise velocity component and of temperature fluctuation are related with the friction velocity u(tau) and friction temperature T(tau) according to the magnitudes u(tau)(2)/ and T(tau)u(tau)/root(nu/H)u(g), respectively. PublicationCharacterisation of marginally turbulent square duct flow(Springer, 2007) Uhlmann, Markus; Pinelli, Alfredo; Sekimoto, Atshushi; Kawahara, Genta; Palma, J.L.M.L.; Silva Lopes, A. PublicationBuoyancy effects on low-Reynolds-number turbulent flow in a horizontal square duct(Begell House, 2009) Sekimoto, Atshushi; Sekiyama, K.; Kawahara, Genta; Uhlmann, Markus; Pinelli, AlfredoDirect numerical simulations of fully developed low-Reynolds-number turbulent flow in a horizontal square duct heated from below are performed at Richardson numbers 0 ≤ Ri ≤ 1.03 to investigate the buoyancy effects on the coherent structures near the walls, i.e. streamwise vortices and associated streaks, and on turbulence-driven secondary flow of Prandtl's second kind. It is found that cross-streamwise thermal convection which is represented by single large-scale circulation appears to affect the coherent structures and the mean secondary flow for Ri ≥ 0.02. As Ri is increased, the nearwall coherent structures are observed to appear more frequently in the region near one of the two corners on the wall, since they are swept along the wall towards the corner by the large-scale convection. The localization of the near-wall structures affects the profile of skin friction and heat transfer rate on the wall.