Journal of Fluid Mechanics

Progress in the development of a Reynolds-stress turbulence closure

B. E.  Launder a1, G. J.  Reece a1 and W.  Rodi a1p1
a1 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College, London

Article author query
launder be   [Google Scholar] 
reece gj   [Google Scholar] 
rodi w   [Google Scholar] 


The paper develops proposals for a model of turbulence in which the Reynolds stresses are determined from the solution of transport equations for these variables and for the turbulence energy dissipation rate [varepsilon]. Particular attention is given to the approximation of the pressure-strain correlations; the forms adopted appear to give reasonably satisfactory partitioning of the stresses both near walls and in free shear flows.

Numerical solutions of the model equations are presented for a selection of strained homogeneous shear flows and for two-dimensional inhomogeneous shear flows including the jet, the wake, the mixing layer and plane channel flow. In addition, it is shown that the closure does predict a very strong influence of secondary strain terms for flow over curved surfaces.

(Published Online March 29 2006)
(Received February 18 1974)

p1 Present address: Sonderforschungsbereich 80, University of Karlsruhe, Germany.