A Model for Eddy Conductivity and Turbulent Prandtl Number

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T. Cebeci

Aerodynamics Research Group, Douglas Aircraft Co., Long Beach, Calif.

J. Heat Transfer 95(2), 227-234 (May 01, 1973) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3450031 History: Received November 03, 1971; Online August 11, 2010


This paper presents a model for eddy conductivity and turbulent Prandtl number based on the considerations of a Stokes-type flow. The expressions obtained by the model provide continuous velocity and temperature distributions for turbulent flows and are applicable to flows with pressure gradients, mass transfer, and heat transfer. Close to the wall the turbulent Prandtl number appears to be strongly affected by the molecular Prandtl number; away from the wall it is constant, that is, it is independent of the molecular Prandtl number. Calculated results agree well with experiments, including those with fluids having both low and high Prandtl numbers. In addition the results confirm recent experimental findings, in that the mass transfer has no effect on turbulent Prandtl number.

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