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A comparison of different methods for estimating turbulent dissipation rate from synthetic PIV images
  • Guichao Wang,
  • tianshu liu,
  • Cheng Peng
Guichao Wang
Southern University of Science and Technology

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tianshu liu
Western Michigan University
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Cheng Peng
Shandong University
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Abstract

The turbulent energy dissipation rate is an important parameter that determines the transfer rates of mass, heat, and momentum. To directly determine the local turbulent dissipation rate, fluctuating velocity gradients have to be measured down to the Kolmogorov length scale. This paper compares three different methods, namely, correlation method, optical flow method, and hybrid method, in the evaluation of velocity fields, which are subsequently used to calculate the turbulent dissipation rate. An instantaneous flow field of homogeneous isotropic turbulence from DNS results is used as a benchmark. It is shown that the hybrid method performs better in both velocity field evaluation and local turbulent dissipation rate estimation compared to the other two methods. This is because the hybrid method combines the advantages of the correlation method in achieving a stable averaged velocity field and the optical flow method in achieving pixel-level resolution measurement of the flow field.