Asymptotic behavior of solutions of the renormalization group K-epsilon turbulence model

A. Yakhot, I. Staroselsky, S. A. Orszag

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Presently, the only efficient way to calculate turbulent flows in complex geometries of engineering interest is to use Reynolds-average Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations. As compared to the original Navier-Stokes problem, these RANS equations posses much more complicated nonlinear structure and may exhibit far more complex nonlinear behavior. In certain cases, the asymptotic behavior of such models can be studied analytically which, aside from being an interesting fundamental problem, is important for better understanding of the internal structure of the models as well as to improve their performances. The renormalization group (RNG) K-epsilon turbulence model, derived directly from the incompresible Navier-Stokes equations, is analyzed. It has already been used to calculate a variety of turbulent and transitional flows in complex geometries. For large values of the RNG viscosity parameter, the model may exhibit singular behavior. In the form of the RNG K-epsilon model that avoids the use of explicit wall functions, a = 1, so the RNG viscosity parameter must be smaller than 23.62 to avoid singularities.
Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)1087-1089
JournalAIAA Journal
StatePublished - 1 May 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • K-Epsilon Turbulence Model
  • Navier-Stokes Equation
  • Renormalization Group Methods
  • Transition Flow
  • Turbulent Flow
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Nonlinear Systems
  • Viscosity


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