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Analysis of Polymer Drag Reduction Mechanisms from Energy Budgets

DOI: 10.1615/ICHMT.2012.ProcSevIntSympTurbHeatTransfPal.570
pages 518-529

L. Thais
Unite de Mecanique de Lille, Polytech'Lille, Universite de Lille, Cite Scientifique, Av. Paul Langevin, 59650 Villeneuve d'Ascq, France

Thomas B. Gatski
Institut Pprime, CNRS-Université de Poitiers-ENSMA F86036 Poitiers cedex, France; Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography and Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia 23529 USA

Gilmar Mompean
Unite de Mecanique de Lille, Polytech'Lille, Universite de Lille, Cite Scientifique, Av. Paul Langevin, 59650 Villeneuve d'Ascq, France


The transfer of energy in drag reducing viscoelastic flows is analyzed through a sequence of energetic budgets that include the mean and turbulent kinetic energy, and the mean polymeric kinetic energy and mean elastic potential energy. Within the context of single-point statistics, this provides a complete picture of the energy exchange between the mean, turbulent and polymeric fields. The analysis utilizes direct simulation data of a fully developed channel flow at a moderately high friction Reynolds number of 1000 and at medium (30%) and high (58%) drag reduction levels using a FENE-P polymeric model. While such a parameter range is not complete, it hopefully is sufficiently broad to facilitate a better understanding of the underlying energetic exchange that occurs within the flow and of the underlying cause of the polymer drag reduction phenomenon.

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