Turbulence modeling from a new perspective Academic Article uri icon


  • In this work we establish a link between a Reynolds averaged turbulence modeling methodology, containing interactions up to the second order correlations between the velocity fluctuations at various scales, and a multi-objective optimization problem with the constraints expressed in terms of equality and inequality, imposed by the given boundary conditions and the positive semi-definiteness of the Reynolds stress tensor, etc. The information unavailability and uncertainty associated with the boundary conditions for the fluctuation correlations of various orders is delineated, and the information from the Navier-Stokes equations is utilized to the extent allowed by the available input data necessary for simulations; turbulence from the perspective of systems simulation is explored and some objective functions are proposed. Finally, the challenges faced by the formulation and the issues yet to be resolved are discussed. © 2009.

author list (cited authors)

  • Tao, L., Ramakrishna, M., & Rajagopal, K. R.

citation count

  • 3

publication date

  • February 2010