Turbulent Wall

Turbulent wall elements define the closure of the system with k ε model diffusive equations.

Turbulent wall conditions are set automatically in elements having at least one node with fixed boundary conditions (111 ... ... ...) or with Lagrangian conditions (... ... ... 111).

Lagrangian conditions must be explicitly declared in Radioss input for free nodes connected to shells; although these nodes are obviously Lagrangian.

Figure 1.

Neglecting to declare nodal boundary conditions on the wall boundaries of the system can lead to indetermination and to divergence. Using the k ε model implies you must have at least one turbulent wall in your problem.

Wall Element Size

Usually, the value of γ 2 + is considered as critical and for tubes, you get good results for values of γ 2 + as high as 3000. Reasonable values are between 100 and 1000.

y 2 + = ( u * y 2 ) / v
u *
Friction velocity
γ 2
Element size perpendicular to wall
Laminar kinematic velocity
In Radioss, γ 2 + is also equal to:(2)
y 2 + = 4.77 ( ν t ν )

Where, ν t MathType@MTEF@5@5@+= feaagKart1ev2aaatCvAUfeBSjuyZL2yd9gzLbvyNv2CaerbuLwBLn hiov2DGi1BTfMBaeXatLxBI9gBaerbd9wDYLwzYbItLDharqqtubsr 4rNCHbGeaGqiVu0Je9sqqrpepC0xbbL8F4rqqrFfpeea0xe9Lq=Jc9 vqaqpepm0xbba9pwe9Q8fs0=yqaqpepae9pg0FirpepeKkFr0xfr=x fr=xb9adbaqaaeGaciGaaiaabeqaamaabaabaaGcbaGaeqyVd42aaS baaSqaaiaadshaaeqaaaaa@38D3@ is the turbulent kinematic viscosity.

Generally, meshes are built up with respect to affordability with some kind of trade-off on the value of γ 2 + . If this value is too high, it means that the boundary layer will be poorly integrated. For open cases where the boundary layer often detaches, the mesh size in the wake of the body is mainly governed by the size of eddies. In this case, one can think accuracy is not governed by the wall element size, but by the quality of the algorithm.