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On the effect of numerical errors in large eddy simulations of turbulent flows. (English) Zbl 0872.76074
Aliased and dealiased numerical simulations of a turbulent channel flow are performed using spectral and finite difference methods. Analytical and numerical studies show that aliasing errors are more destructive for spectral and high-order finite-difference calculations than for low-order finite-difference simulations. It is shown that discrepancies between the results of dealiased spectral and standard nondealiased finite-difference methods are due to both aliasing and truncation errors with the latter being the leading source of differences. The relative importance of aliasing and truncation errors as compared to subgrid scale model terms in large eddy simulations is analyzed and discussed. For low-order finite-difference simulations, truncation errors can exceed the magnitude of the subgrid scale term.

76M25 Other numerical methods (fluid mechanics) (MSC2010)
76M20 Finite difference methods applied to problems in fluid mechanics
76F10 Shear flows and turbulence
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