Numerical methods were developed and validated to simulate the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) using large eddy simulation (LES). This framework captures the topography of the Earth’s surface rather than modeling it. To robustly simulate the ABL, four unique capabilities (temperature transport, topographic data, immersed boundary method with wall modeling, and turbulent inflow generation) were added to a traditional finite difference computational fluid dynamics code. The accuracy of each capability was analyzed individually using validation tests. Then, a full scale simulation of the ABL over a tidal inlet was conducted. It was found that the resolved topography of the Earth’s surface had a significant effect on the flow field. Furthermore, it was found that the results from LES are more accurate than mesoscale simulations. Lastly, it was found that the errors in the present simulation are a result of the roughness model used over the sea surface.
University of Minnesota M.S.M.E. thesis. May 2020. Major: Mechanical Engineering. Advisor: Lian Shen. 1 computer file (PDF); viii, 83 pages.
Numerical Simulation Of The Atmospheric Boundary Layer Over Complex Topography: A Modern Approach To A Classical Problem.
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