Direct numerical simulation of turbulent pipe flow - A comparison between simulation and experiment at low Re-number

J. G.M. Eggels, J. Westerweel, F. T.M. Nieuwstadt, R. J. Adrian

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Fully developed turbulent pipe flow at low Re-number is studied by means of direct numerical simulation (DNS). In contrast to many previous DNS's of turbulent flows in rectangular geometries, the present DNS code, developed for a cylindrical geometry, is based on the finite volume technique rather than being based on a spectral method. The statistical results are compared with experimental data obtained with two different experimental techniques. The agreement between numerical and experimental results is found to be good which indicates that the present DNS code is suited for this kind of numerical simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-324
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Scientific Research
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jun 1 1993



  • LDA/PIV measurements
  • numerical simulation
  • turbulent pipe flow

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  • Engineering(all)

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