Large Eddy Simulation of gravity currents with a high order DG method
Saturday 24th December 2016
Bassi, C.; Abbà, A.; Bonaventura, L.; Valdettaro, L.
This work deals with Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) and Large Eddy Simulations (LES) of turbulent gravity currents, performed by means of a Discontinuous Galerkin (DG) Finite Element method. In particular, a DG-LES approach in which the filter operation is built in the numerical discretization has been employed, similarly to VMS approaches. Numerical simulations of non-Boussinesq lock-exchange benchmark problems show that, in the DNS case, the proposed method allows to correctly reproduce relevant features of variable density flows with gravity. Moreover LES results highlight the excessively high dissipation of the Smagorinsky model with respect to the Germano dynamic procedure, providing a first indication of the superiority of dynamic models in the context of gravity currents.