Synthetic-eddy method for urban atmospheric flow modelling Article

Pavlidis, D, Gorman, GJ, Gomes, JLMA et al. (2010). Synthetic-eddy method for urban atmospheric flow modelling . BOUNDARY-LAYER METEOROLOGY, 136(2), 285-299. 10.1007/s10546-010-9508-x

cited authors

  • Pavlidis, D; Gorman, GJ; Gomes, JLMA; Pain, CC; ApSimon, H


  • The computational fluid dynamics code Fluidity, with anisotropic mesh adaptivity, is used as a multi-scale obstacle-accommodating meteorological model. A novel method for generating realistic inlet boundary conditions based on the view of turbulence as a superposition of synthetic eddies is adopted. It is able to reproduce prescribed first-order and second-order one-point statistics and turbulence length scales. The aim is to simulate an urban boundary layer. The model is validated against two standard benchmark tests: a plane channel flow numerical simulation and a flow past a cube physical simulation. The performed large-eddy simulations are in good agreement with both reference models giving confidence that the model can be used to successfully simulate urban atmospheric flows. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

publication date

  • May 28, 2010

published in

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start page

  • 285

end page

  • 299


  • 136


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