Flow, Turbulence and Combustion

, Volume 90, Issue 1, pp 29–68 | Cite as

Immersed Boundaries in Large Eddy Simulation of Compressible Flows

  • Cindy Merlin
  • Pascale DomingoEmail author
  • Luc Vervisch


Methods to immerse walls in a structured mesh are examined in the context of fully compressible solutions of the Navier–Stokes equations. The ghost cell approach is tested along with compressible conservative immersed boundaries in canonical flow configurations; the reflexion of pressure waves on walls arbitrarily inclined on a cartesian mesh is studied, and mass conservation issues examined in both a channel flow inclined at various angles and flow past a cylinder. Then, results from Large Eddy Simulation of a flow past a rectangular cylinder and a transonic cavity flow are compared against experiments, using either a multi-block mesh conforming to the wall or immersed boundaries. Different strategies to account for unresolved transport by velocity fluctuations in LES are also compared. It is found that immersed boundaries allow for reproducing most of the coupling between flow instabilities and pressure-signal properties observed in the transonic cavity flow. To conclude, the complex geometry of a trapped vortex combustor, including a cavity, is simulated and results compared against experiments.


Large Eddy Simulation Compressible flow Immersed boundaries 


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