Journal of Scientific Computing

, Volume 45, Issue 1–3, pp 294–332 | Cite as

Analysis of Nonlinear Spectral Eddy-Viscosity Models of Turbulence

  • Max Gunzburger
  • Eunjung Lee
  • Yuki Saka
  • Catalin Trenchea
  • Xiaoming Wang


Fluid turbulence is commonly modeled by the Navier-Stokes equations with a large Reynolds number. However, direct numerical simulations are not possible in practice, so that turbulence modeling is introduced. We study artificial spectral viscosity models that render the simulation of turbulence tractable. We show that the models are well posed and have solutions that converge, in certain parameter limits, to solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations. We also show, using the mathematical analyses, how effective choices for the parameters appearing in the models can be made. Finally, we consider temporal discretizations of the models and investigate their stability.

Navier-Stokes equations Turbulence Eddy-viscosity models Spectral methods 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Max Gunzburger
    • 1
  • Eunjung Lee
    • 2
  • Yuki Saka
    • 3
  • Catalin Trenchea
    • 4
  • Xiaoming Wang
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Scientific ComputingFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computational Science and EngineeringYonsei UniversitySeoulKorea
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  4. 4.Department of MathematicsUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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