### Abstract

Direct numerical simulations (DNS) are conducted for turbulent flow through pipes with three-dimensional sinusoidal roughnesses explicitly represented by body-conforming grids. The same viscous-scaled roughness geometry is first simulated at a range of different Reynolds numbers to investigate the effects of low Reynolds numbers and low R_{0}/h, where R_{0} is the pipe radius and h is the roughness height. Results for the present class of surfaces show that the Hama roughness function ΔU^{+} is only marginally affected by low Reynolds numbers (or low R_{0}/h), and observations of outer-layer similarity (or lack thereof) show no signs of sensitivity to Reynolds number. Then, building on this, a systematic approach is taken to isolate the effects of roughness height h^{+} and wavelength λ^{+} in a turbulent wall-bounded flow in both transitionally rough and fully rough regimes. Current findings show that while the effective slope ES (which for the present sinusoidal surfaces is proportional to h^{+}/λ^{+}) is an important roughness parameter, the roughness function ΔU^{+} must also depend on some measure of the viscous roughness height. A simplistic linear'log fit clearly illustrates the strong correlation between ΔU^{+} and both the roughness average height k^{+}_{a} (which is related to h^{+}) and ES for the surfaces simulated here, consistent with published literature. Various definitions of the virtual origin for rough-wall turbulent pipe flow are investigated and, for the surfaces simulated here, the hydraulic radius of the pipe appears to be the most suitable parameter, and indeed is the only virtual origin that can ever lead to collapse in the total stress. First- and second-order statistics are also analysed and collapses in the outer layer are observed for all cases, including those where the largest roughness height is a substantial proportion of the reference radius (low R_{0}/h). These results provide evidence that turbulent pipe flow over the present sinusoidal surfaces adheres to Townsend's notion of outer-layer similarity, which pertains to statistics of relative motion.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 743-777 |

Number of pages | 35 |

Journal | Journal of Fluid Mechanics |

Volume | 771 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 27 Apr 2015 |

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- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering

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*Journal of Fluid Mechanics*, vol. 771, pp. 743-777. https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2015.172

**A systematic investigation of roughness height and wavelength in turbulent pipe flow in the transitionally rough regime.** / Chan, L.; Macdonald, M.; Chung, D.; Hutchins, N.; Ooi, A.

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T1 - A systematic investigation of roughness height and wavelength in turbulent pipe flow in the transitionally rough regime

AU - Chan, L.

AU - Macdonald, M.

AU - Chung, D.

AU - Hutchins, N.

AU - Ooi, A.

PY - 2015/4/27

Y1 - 2015/4/27

N2 - Direct numerical simulations (DNS) are conducted for turbulent flow through pipes with three-dimensional sinusoidal roughnesses explicitly represented by body-conforming grids. The same viscous-scaled roughness geometry is first simulated at a range of different Reynolds numbers to investigate the effects of low Reynolds numbers and low R0/h, where R0 is the pipe radius and h is the roughness height. Results for the present class of surfaces show that the Hama roughness function ΔU+ is only marginally affected by low Reynolds numbers (or low R0/h), and observations of outer-layer similarity (or lack thereof) show no signs of sensitivity to Reynolds number. Then, building on this, a systematic approach is taken to isolate the effects of roughness height h+ and wavelength λ+ in a turbulent wall-bounded flow in both transitionally rough and fully rough regimes. Current findings show that while the effective slope ES (which for the present sinusoidal surfaces is proportional to h+/λ+) is an important roughness parameter, the roughness function ΔU+ must also depend on some measure of the viscous roughness height. A simplistic linear'log fit clearly illustrates the strong correlation between ΔU+ and both the roughness average height k+a (which is related to h+) and ES for the surfaces simulated here, consistent with published literature. Various definitions of the virtual origin for rough-wall turbulent pipe flow are investigated and, for the surfaces simulated here, the hydraulic radius of the pipe appears to be the most suitable parameter, and indeed is the only virtual origin that can ever lead to collapse in the total stress. First- and second-order statistics are also analysed and collapses in the outer layer are observed for all cases, including those where the largest roughness height is a substantial proportion of the reference radius (low R0/h). These results provide evidence that turbulent pipe flow over the present sinusoidal surfaces adheres to Townsend's notion of outer-layer similarity, which pertains to statistics of relative motion.

AB - Direct numerical simulations (DNS) are conducted for turbulent flow through pipes with three-dimensional sinusoidal roughnesses explicitly represented by body-conforming grids. The same viscous-scaled roughness geometry is first simulated at a range of different Reynolds numbers to investigate the effects of low Reynolds numbers and low R0/h, where R0 is the pipe radius and h is the roughness height. Results for the present class of surfaces show that the Hama roughness function ΔU+ is only marginally affected by low Reynolds numbers (or low R0/h), and observations of outer-layer similarity (or lack thereof) show no signs of sensitivity to Reynolds number. Then, building on this, a systematic approach is taken to isolate the effects of roughness height h+ and wavelength λ+ in a turbulent wall-bounded flow in both transitionally rough and fully rough regimes. Current findings show that while the effective slope ES (which for the present sinusoidal surfaces is proportional to h+/λ+) is an important roughness parameter, the roughness function ΔU+ must also depend on some measure of the viscous roughness height. A simplistic linear'log fit clearly illustrates the strong correlation between ΔU+ and both the roughness average height k+a (which is related to h+) and ES for the surfaces simulated here, consistent with published literature. Various definitions of the virtual origin for rough-wall turbulent pipe flow are investigated and, for the surfaces simulated here, the hydraulic radius of the pipe appears to be the most suitable parameter, and indeed is the only virtual origin that can ever lead to collapse in the total stress. First- and second-order statistics are also analysed and collapses in the outer layer are observed for all cases, including those where the largest roughness height is a substantial proportion of the reference radius (low R0/h). These results provide evidence that turbulent pipe flow over the present sinusoidal surfaces adheres to Townsend's notion of outer-layer similarity, which pertains to statistics of relative motion.

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