© 1999

Modeling Complex Turbulent Flows

  • Manuel D. Salas
  • Jerry N. Hefner
  • Leonidas Sakell

Part of the ICASE/LaRC Interdisciplinary Series in Science and Engineering book series (ICAS, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Thomas L. Doligalski
    Pages 5-7
  3. Peter Bradshaw
    Pages 9-28
  4. Stephen B. Pope
    Pages 53-67
  5. S. C. Kassinos, W. C. Reynolds
    Pages 69-87
  6. John L. Lumley, Peter Blossey
    Pages 89-106
  7. Charles G. Speziale
    Pages 107-137
  8. Timothy T. Clark
    Pages 183-202
  9. K. Hanjalić, I. Hadžić, S. Jakirlić, B. Basara
    Pages 203-222
  10. Roger L. Simpson, Semih M. Ölcmen, J. L. Fleming, D. S. Ciochetto
    Pages 223-243
  11. S.-E. Kim, D. Choudhury, B. Patel
    Pages 259-276
  12. Robert Rubinstein, Ye Zhou, Gordon Erlebacher
    Pages 329-347

About this book


Turbulence modeling both addresses a fundamental problem in physics, 'the last great unsolved problem of classical physics,' and has far-reaching importance in the solution of difficult practical problems from aeronautical engineering to dynamic meteorology. However, the growth of supercom­ puter facilities has recently caused an apparent shift in the focus of tur­ bulence research from modeling to direct numerical simulation (DNS) and large eddy simulation (LES). This shift in emphasis comes at a time when claims are being made in the world around us that scientific analysis itself will shortly be transformed or replaced by a more powerful 'paradigm' based on massive computations and sophisticated visualization. Although this viewpoint has not lacked ar­ ticulate and influential advocates, these claims can at best only be judged premature. After all, as one computational researcher lamented, 'the com­ puter only does what I tell it to do, and not what I want it to do. ' In turbulence research, the initial speculation that computational meth­ ods would replace not only model-based computations but even experimen­ tal measurements, have not come close to fulfillment. It is becoming clear that computational methods and model development are equal partners in turbulence research: DNS and LES remain valuable tools for suggesting and validating models, while turbulence models continue to be the preferred tool for practical computations. We believed that a symposium which would reaffirm the practical and scientific importance of turbulence modeling was both necessary and timely.


Navier-Stokes equation shock wave turbulence turbulent flow

Editors and affiliations

  • Manuel D. Salas
    • 1
  • Jerry N. Hefner
    • 2
  • Leonidas Sakell
    • 3
  1. 1.NASA Langley Research CenterInstitute for Computer Applications in Science and EngineeringHamptonUSA
  2. 2.NASA Langley Research CenterHamptonUSA
  3. 3.Bolling Air Force BaseAir Force Office of Scientific ResearchUSA

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