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OpenLB paves the way to “overnight” near-wall-modeled large eddy simulations

In a collaboration of the Lattice Boltzmann Research Group (LBRG) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Institute of Reactive Flows and Diagnostics of the department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt, the capabilities of two open source near-wall-modeled large eddy simulation (NWM-LES) approaches were investigated to predict complex turbulent flows relevant to internal combustion (IC) engines.

Therefore, OpenLB was compared to the commonly applied open source tool OpenFOAM, using a highly precise particle image velocimetry measurement as reference. The comparison covers prediction accuracy, computational costs and ease of use.

The performance results show that the OpenLB approach is on average 32 times faster than the OpenFOAM implementation for the tested configurations. The faster calculation speed for NWM-LES using the lattice Boltzmann method implementation in OpenLB is advantageous to address industrial applications and to enable “overnight” calculations that previously took weeks.

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