18th Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence


A posteriori subgrid-scale model tests based on the conditional means of subgrid-scale stress and its production rate

Qinglin Chen, Clemson University, Clemson, SC; and M. J. Otte, P. P. Sullivan, and C. Tong

Traditional a posteriori tests of subgrid-scale (SGS) models often compare large eddy simulation (LES) profiles of various statistics with measurements. In this study we propose and employ a new a posteriori test to study SGS model performance. We compare the conditional means of the LES-generated SGS stress and stress production rate conditional on the resolvable-scale velocity with measurements. These statistics must be reproduced by the SGS model for LES to correctly predict the one-point resolvable-scale velocity joint probability density function. The tests using data for convective atmospheric boundary layers show that the a posteriori results are consistent with our a priori tests based on the same conditional statistics. The model strengths and deficiencies observed here were also identified in our a priori tests. The remarkable consistency between the two types of tests suggests that statistical model tests based on the conditional SGS stress and its production rate are a highly capable approach for identifying specific model deficiencies and for evaluating SGS model performance in simulations.

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Wednesday, 11 June 2008, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM, Aula Magna Höger

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