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Roughness and Reynolds Number Effects on the Flow Past a Rough-to-Smooth Step Change

Amirreza Rouhi, Daniel Chung, Nicholas Hutchins

Springer Proceedings in Physics | Springer International Publishing | Published : 2019


We report direct numerical simulations (DNSs) of open-channel flow with a step change from three-dimensional sinusoidal rough surface to smooth surface. We investigate the persistence of non-equilibrium behaviour beyond this step change (i.e. departures from the equilibrium smooth open-channel flow) and how this depends on (1) roughness virtual origin ϵ/hϵ/h? (scaled by the channel height h), (2) roughness size k / h?, (3) roughness shape? and (4) Reynolds number ReτReτ? To study (1), the roughness origin was placed aligned with, below (step-up) and above (step-down) the smooth patch. To study (2), the equivalent sand-grain roughness of the aligned case was decreased from k+s≃ks+≃ 160 to k+s..

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