Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 107, Issue 3, pp 501–530

Simulation of the Askervein Flow. Part 1: Reynolds Averaged Navier–Stokes Equations (k Turbulence Model)

  • F. A. Castro
  • J. M. L. M. Palma
  • A. Silva Lopes


The neutrally stratified flow over the Askervein Hill was simulatedusing a terrain-following coordinatesystem and a two-equation(k - ∈) turbulence model. Calculations were performed on awide range of numerical grids to assess, among other things, theimportance of spatial discretization and the limitations of theturbulence model. Our results showed that a relatively coarse gridwas enough to resolve the flow in the upstream region of the hill;at the hilltop, 10 m above the ground, the speed-up was 10% lessthan the experimental value. The flow's most prominent feature wasa recirculating region in the lee of the hill, which determinedthe main characteristics of the whole downstream flow. This regionhad an intermittent nature and could be fully captured only in the caseof a time-dependent formulation and a third-order discretization ofthe advective terms. The reduction of the characteristic roughnessnear the top of the hill was also taken into account, showing theimportance of this parameter, particularly in the flow close to theground at the summit and in the downstream side of the hill.Calculations involving an enlarged area around the Askervein Hillshowed that the presence of the nearby topography affected the flowneither at the top nor downstream of the Askervein Hill.

Askervein Hill Atmospheric flow over topography k - ∈ turbulence model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. A. Castro
    • 1
  • J. M. L. M. Palma
    • 2
  • A. Silva Lopes
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto Superior de Engenharia do PortoPortugal
  2. 2.Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do PortoPortugal

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