Modified subgrid scale model for Large Eddy Simulation of tube bundle cross flows Conference Paper uri icon


  • Having led to increased inefficiencies and power plant shutdowns fluid flow induced vibrations within heat exchangers are of great concern due to tube fretting-wear or fatigue failures. Historically, scaling law and measurement accuracy problems were encountered for experimental analysis at considerable effort and expense. However, supercomputers and accurate numerical methods have provided reliable results and substantial decrease in cost. In this investigation Large Eddy Simulation has been successfully used to simulate turbulent flow by the numeric solution of the incompressible, isothermal, single phase Navier-Stokes equations. The eddy viscosity model and a new subgrid scale model have been utilized to model the smaller eddies in the flow domain. A triangular array flow field was considered and numerical simulations were performed in two- and three-dimensional fields, and were compared to experimental findings. Results show good agreement of the numerical results to that of the experimental, and solutions obtained with the new subgrid scale model represent better energy dissipation for the smaller eddies.

author list (cited authors)

  • Barsamian, H. R., & Hassan, Y. A.

publication date

  • December 1994