Dynamic modelling of subgrid scalar dissipation rate in premixed and partially premixed flames with differential filter

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Large eddy simulation (LES) paradigms are used in the present work to predict premixed and partially premixed turbulent flames with flamelets based thermochemistry and presumed filtered density function approach for turbulence-chemistry interaction modelling. The combustion model requires a closure for the scalar dissipation rate of a progress variable, in which a modelling constant must be chosen. The present work focuses on the computation of the model constant through dynamic procedures based on the scale-similarity assumption, which requires the application of test-filters. In particular, two test-filtering approaches for LES, based respectively on an algebraic formulation and a newly proposed differential equation, are tested for flame configurations at different levels of turbulence, and using block-structured and unstructured meshes. The analysis shows that the differential filter, unlike the algebraic one, is handled well in situations of weak turbulence at comparable computational costs. At higher turbulence conditions the outcome looks less dependent on the test-filter and mesh topology used, although quantitative differences in the behaviour of the dynamically-computed model constant are still observable and discussed. Further analyses to understand the behaviour of the two filters are presented in the paper.