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The incompressible Navier-Stokes equations constitute an excellent mathematical modelization of turbulence. Unfortunately, attempts at performing direct simulations are limited to relatively low-Rayleigh numbers because of the almost numberless small scales produced by the non-linear convective term. Alternatively, a dynamically less complex formulation is proposed here. Namely, regularizations of
the Navier-Stokes equations that preserve the symmetry and conservation properties exactly. To do so, both convective and diffusive term are altered in the same vein. In this way, the convective production of small scales is effectively restrained whereas the modified diffusive term introduces a hyperviscosity effect and
consequently enhances the destruction of small scales. In practice, the only additional ingredient is a selfadjoint
linear filter whose local filter length is determined from the requirement that vortex-stretching must stop at the smallest grid scale. The performance of the novel regularization modeling approach is assessed
through application to turbulent natural convection flows at very high Rayleigh numbers
CitationTrias, F. X. [et al.]. Spectrally-consistent regularization modeling at very high Rayleigh numbers. A: International Symposium on Turbulence, Heat and Mass Transfer. "Turbulence, heat and mass transfer: proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Turbulence, Heat and Mass Transfer 2012". Palermo, Sicília: Begell House, 2012.
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