Figure 1- The experimental model [17]

Investigation of the Turbulent Schmidt Number Effects On Numerical Modelling Of Vortex-Type Stormwater Retention Ponds

S. M. Yamini1; H. Shamloo2; S. H. Ghafari3
1M.Eng., Dep. of Civil Engineering K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Valiasr St., Tehran, Iran.
2Associate Professor, Dep. of Civil Engineering K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Valiasr St., Tehran, Iran.
3Ph.D., Dep. of Civil Engineering Univ. of Tehran, Enqelab St., Tehran, Iran.


정확하고 신뢰할 수 있는 CFD 모델링 결과를 얻는 것은 이러한 시뮬레이션에서 입력의 중요성 때문에 종종 정밀 조사의 대상입니다.

난류 모델링이 RANS(Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes) 방정식을 기반으로 하는 경우 난류 스칼라 전송을 추정하려면 난류 흐름에서 질량 1에 대한 운동량 확산의 비율로 정의되는 난류 슈미트 수(Sct)의 정의가 필요합니다.

그러나 이 매개변수는 난류 흐름의 속성이므로 보편적인 값이 허용되지 않았습니다. 우수 저류지의 수치 연구에서 적절한 Sct를 설정하는 실제 역할은 수력 효율의 평가가 추적자 테스트의 출력 질량 농도를 기반으로 하기 때문에 가장 중요합니다.

본 연구에서는 FLOW-3D를 사용하여 와류형 우수 저류지의 여러 수치 시뮬레이션을 체계적으로 수행했습니다. 다양한 난류 슈미트 수의 범위는 메쉬 감도를 조사하기 위해 다른 수의 계산 셀에 의해 수행된 수치 시뮬레이션에 도입되었습니다.

또한 사용자 정의 또는 자동 계산 값으로 최대 난류 혼합 길이의 영향을 평가했습니다. 이 연구의 결과는 실험 결과와 밀접한 일치를 제공하는 Sct= 0.625와 함께 수리학적 직경의 7%와 동일한 최대 난류 혼합 길이의 일정한 값을 갖는 확립된 수치 모델입니다.

특히 수치적 무차원 RDT 곡선의 피크 값은 극적으로 감소하여 실험 결과와 거의 일치했습니다. 이것은 FLOW-3D가 난류 유동의 와류형 물리학에서 질량 확산도를 적절하게 예측하는 상당한 능력을 가지고 있다는 결론을 내립니다.

– Achieving accurate and reliable CFD modelling results often is the subject of scrutiny because of the importance of the inputs in those simulations. If turbulence modelling is based on Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations, estimating the turbulent scalar transport requires the definition of the turbulent Schmidt number (Sct), defined as the ratio of momentum diffusivity to mass one in a turbulent flow. However, no universal value has been accepted for this parameter as it is a property of turbulent flows.

The practical role of establishing a suitable Sct in numerical studies of stormwater retention ponds is of the utmost importance because the assessment of the hydraulic efficiency of them is based on output mass concentration of tracer tests. In this study, several numerical simulations of a vortex-type stormwater retention pond were systematically carried out using FLOW-3D. A range of various turbulent Schmidt numbers were introduced in numerical simulations performed by different number of computational cells to investigate mesh sensitivity.

Moreover, the effects of maximum turbulent mixing length as a user-defined or automatically computed value were assessed. The outcome of this study is an established numerical model with a constant value of maximum turbulent mixing length equal to 7% of the hydraulic diameter along with Sct= 0.625 which provides a close agreement with experimental results.

Noticeably, the peak values of numerical dimensionless RDT curves are dramatically decreased, resulted in a close match with experimental results. This concludes that FLOW-3D has a considerable ability to appropriately predict mass diffusivity in vortex-type physics of turbulent flows.


turbulent Schmidt number – maximum turbulent mixing length – CFD – mesh sensitivity – vortex-type
stormwater retention pond – environmental fluid mechanics

Figure 1- The experimental model [17]
Figure 1- The experimental model [17]
Figure 2- Schematic of boundary conditions in the numerical model
Figure 2- Schematic of boundary conditions in the numerical model
Figure 3- Positioning of mesh blocks
Figure 3- Positioning of mesh blocks


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