Turbulent channel flow concentration profile and wall deposition of a large Schmidt number passive scalar



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García Ybarra, P. L. and Pinelli, Alfredo (2006) Turbulent channel flow concentration profile and wall deposition of a large Schmidt number passive scalar. Comptes rendus. Mécanique, 334 (8). pp. 531-538. ISSN 1631-0721

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The transport of a passive scalar within a turbulent plane channel flow has been theoretically analyzed by assuming that the Schmidt number Sc, associated to the molecular diffusivity of the passive scalar, is a large parameter. Throughout most of the channel cross-section the mean passive scalar density is constant, but adjacent to the walls a thin boundary layer develops embedded in the viscous sublayer, with a relative thickness of order Sc(-1/3). In this narrow region a passive scalar profile arises due to the non-vanishing flux normal to the wall. This profile is parameter independent (universal) and leads to a constant flux of passive scalar that results from the addition of both the molecular diffusion flux and the turbulent transport one. The Sc-asymptotic matching of this profile with the constant core value provides an analytical expression for the wall-normal flux that depends on the fluid dynamics of the carrier flow. By using a DNS code to solve the external turbulent flow, the analytical expression has been quantified and compared with empifical expressions based on experimental data, showing excellent agreement.

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Conference on Observation, Analysis and Modelling in Complex Fluid Media held in honor of Roland Borghia, Marseille, FRANCE, JAN 31-FEB 01, 2005

Uncontrolled Keywords:turbulence; passive scalar deposition; turbulent concentration profile; turbulent channel flow; high Schmidt number asymptotics
Subjects:Sciences > Physics
ID Code:21909
Deposited On:17 Jun 2013 10:32
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