Reynolds averaging

From AMS Glossary
Jump to: navigation, search


Reynolds averaging

An averaging procedure applied to variable quantities such as wind speed and temperature in a turbulent flow.

If the variable is
ams2001glos-Rex05
, the averaging procedure may be given by
ams2001glos-Re38
and
ams2001glos-Rex06
is the fluctuating part so that
ams2001glos-Rex07
where S is the average value, s the fluctuating part, and the bar indicates the averaging process. The average is usually taken over a period of time but it may be taken over space or over an ensemble of realizations. This decomposition is called Reynolds averaging. Reynolds averaging has been applied to the Navier–Stokes equations to formulate, for example, turbulent fluxes and the turbulence kinetic energy equation. The drawback of this procedure is that it leads to the problem of turbulence closure.

Personal tools
Namespaces
Variants