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ID: 446504.0, MPI für Meteorologie / Atmosphere in the Earth System
Two-fluid formulation of the cloud-top mixing layer for direct numerical simulation
Authors:Mellado, JP.; Stevens, B.; Schmidt, H.; Peters, N.
Language:English
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2010-12
Title of Journal:Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics
Volume:24
Start Page:511
End Page:536
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:A mixture fraction formulation to perform direct numerical simulations of a disperse and dilute two-phase system consisting of water liquid and vapor in air in local thermodynamic equilibrium using a two-fluid model is derived and discussed. The goal is to understand the assumptions intrinsic to this simplified but commonly employed approach for the study of two-layer buoyancy reversing systems like the cloud-top mixing layer. Emphasis is placed on molecular transport phenomena. In particular, a formulation is proposed that recovers the actual nondiffusive liquid-phase continuum as a limiting case of differential diffusion. High-order numerical schemes suitable for direct numerical simulations in the compressible and Boussinesq limits are described, and simulations are presented to validate the incompressible approach. As expected, the Boussinesq approximation provides an accurate and efficient description of the flow on the scales (of the order of meters) that are considered.
Free Keywords:Free convection; Free turbulent flows; Multiphase; Stratocumulus clouds
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:Carola Kauhs
Affiliations:MPI für Meteorologie/Atmosphere in the Earth System
Identifiers:DOI:10.1007/s00162-010-0182-x
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