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CUI Guixiangy, ZHANG Zhaoshun, XU Chunxiao, HUANG Weixi. Research advances in large eddy simulation of urban atmospheric environment[J]. Advances in Mechanics, 2013, 43(3): 295-328. doi: 10.6052/1000-0992-13-016
Citation: CUI Guixiangy, ZHANG Zhaoshun, XU Chunxiao, HUANG Weixi. Research advances in large eddy simulation of urban atmospheric environment[J]. Advances in Mechanics, 2013, 43(3): 295-328. doi: 10.6052/1000-0992-13-016

Research advances in large eddy simulation of urban atmospheric environment

doi: 10.6052/1000-0992-13-016
Funds:  The project was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China(11132005,10925210,11002081),The National Science and Technology Support Program (2011BAK07B01-03) and Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology.
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  • Corresponding author: CUI Guixiangy
  • Received Date: 2013-03-05
  • Rev Recd Date: 2013-04-19
  • Publish Date: 2013-05-25
  • In this paper, we review practices and progresses in the study of pollution dispersion in urban atmosphere. We introduce the inherent features of urban environmental flow, as well as the application of a modern computational fluid dynamic (CFD) method, namely, the large eddy simulation for the study of urban atmospheric environment. We describe the mathematical model, governing equations, subgrid scale model, well-posed initial-boundary conditions and numerical method. In this paper, we focus on a coupling scheme between meso- and micro-scale motions, and a combined underlying surface model for the complex urban canopy, which satisfies the resolution requirements with relatively lower computing load. Practical simulations are presented and analyzed, including the statistical estimation of reliability and the turbulent characteristics, etc. Finally, further improvements needed for numerical methods of urban environment simulations are pointed out, and a number of key scientific problems are raised for numerical studies on urban environmental flows and pollution dispersion.


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