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High Fidelity Cfd-Trained Machine Learning To Inform Rans-Modelled Interfacial Turbulence

Bertolotti, Luc; Jefferson-Loveday, Richard; Ambrose, Stephen; Korsukova, Evgenia


Luc Bertolotti

Richard Jefferson-Loveday

Research Fellow Gas Turbines and Transmissions Research Centre


In aero-engine bearing chambers, two-phase shearing flows are difficult to predict as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) RANS models tend to overestimate interfacial turbulence levels, leading to inaccuracies in the modelling of the flow. Turbulence damping methods have been developed to address this problem, such as Egorov's correction, however, this method is mesh dependent and results differ considerably according to the choice of turbulence damping coefficient. In addition, this approach assumes a smooth interface between the air and oil phases when in reality they are wavy. In this paper, a Machine Learning method is used to inform an unsteady RANS turbulence modelling. It is trained using high fidelity quasi-DNS simulation data and used to provide an appropriate correction to the popular Wilcox's standard RANS í µí±˜ − í µí¼” turbulence model. The correction consists of a machine learning-predicted source term which is used to adjust the energy budget in the RANS transport equations. Demonstration of the approach is presented for a range of interfacial flow regimes.


Bertolotti, L., Jefferson-Loveday, R., Ambrose, S., & Korsukova, E. (2022). High Fidelity Cfd-Trained Machine Learning To Inform Rans-Modelled Interfacial Turbulence. In Proceedings of Global Power and Propulsion Society.

Conference Name GPPS Chania22
Conference Location Chania, Greece
Start Date Sep 12, 2022
End Date Sep 14, 2022
Acceptance Date Sep 1, 2022
Online Publication Date Sep 28, 2022
Publication Date Sep 14, 2022
Deposit Date Nov 3, 2022
Publicly Available Date Nov 3, 2022
Publisher GPPS
Series ISSN 2504-4400
Book Title Proceedings of Global Power and Propulsion Society
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Additional Information GPPS-TC-2022-0030


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