Wall Models

Algebraic Equilibrium Rough-Wall Model

The current rough-wall model assumes that near the wall the components $\tau_{13}^\mathrm{w}$ and $\tau_{23}^\mathrm{w}$ are constant in wall-normal direction and aligned with the velocity components $u_1$ and $u_2$, i.e.

$\tau_{i3}^\mathrm{w}(x_1, x_2) = \alpha \, u_i(x_1, x_2, x_3) \quad \text{for } i=1,2 \text{ and small } x₃,$

and can be described reasonably accurately with a (local) log-law relation

\[u_h(x_1, x_2, x_3) = \frac{u_\tau(x_1, x_2)}{\kappa} \, \mathrm{log} \left( \frac{x_3}{z_0} \right),\]

where $u_h = \sqrt{u_1^2 + u_2^2}$ and $u_\tau^2 = \sqrt{(\tau_{13}^\mathrm{w})^2 + (\tau_{23}^\mathrm{w})^2}$. Note that this defines the domain as starting at $x_3 = 0$, but the relation only holds from $x_3 ≥ z_0$. If we define the computational domain to start at the level of the roughness length, the log-law relation would change to $\mathrm{log} \left( \frac{x_3 - z_0}{z_0} \right)$. However, this definition generalizes poorly to the case where additional scalar quantities are included as each quantity might have a different roughness length.

With this, we can obtain expressions for $\alpha$ and thus for the two components of the wall stress, $\tau_{13}^\mathrm{w} = u_\tau^2 \frac{u_1}{u_h}$, and $\tau_{23}^\mathrm{w} = u_\tau^2 \frac{u_2}{u_h}$.

\[\begin{aligned} \tau_{13}^\mathrm{w}(x_1, x_2) &= \frac{\kappa^2 u_h(x_1, x_2, x_3)}{\mathrm{log}^2(x_3/z_0)} \, u_1(x_1, x_2, x_3) \\ \tau_{23}^\mathrm{w}(x_1, x_2) &= \frac{\kappa^2 u_h(x_1, x_2, x_3)}{\mathrm{log}^2(x_3/z_0)} \, u_2(x_1, x_2, x_3) \end{aligned}\]

By selecting a reference height $x_3^\mathrm{ref}$, generally the first grid point, we have an algebraic relation for the wall stress based on the (resolved) near-wall velocity. Ideally the resulting wall stress is insensitive to the exact value of the reference height.

Since the velocity gradients become very large near the wall, they are poorly resolved and should also be modeled, which can be done based on the same assumptions with

\[\frac{\partial u_1}{\partial x_3} = \frac{u_1}{x_3 \, \mathrm{log}(x_3/z_0)} \quad \text{and} \quad \frac{\partial u_2}{\partial x_3} = \frac{u_2}{x_3 \, \mathrm{log}(x_3/z_0)} \, .\]

These can be obtained from the fact that $u_i/u_h$ is (assumed) constant in wall-normal direction (equal to $\tau_{i3}^\mathrm{w}/u_\tau^2$).