Implementation of a synthetic inflow turbulence generator in idealised WRF v3.6.1 large eddy simulations under neutral atmospheric conditions

Zhong, Jian; Cai, Xiaoming; Xie, Zheng-Tong

A synthetic inflow turbulence generator was implemented in the idealised Weather Research and Forecasting large eddy simulation (WRF-LES v3.6.1) model under neutral atmospheric conditions. This method is based on an exponential correlation function and generates a series of two-dimensional slices of data which are correlated both in space and in time. These data satisfy a spectrum with a near “inline-formula M1inlinescrollmathml - normal 5 / normal 3 28pt14ptsvg-formulamathimgc010f45c8d9a823a56ed826ff72bac29 gmd-14-323-2021-ie00001.svg28pt14ptgmd-14-323-2021-ie00001.png ” inertial subrange, suggesting its excellent capability for high Reynolds number atmospheric flows. It is more computationally efficient than other synthetic turbulence generation approaches, such as three-dimensional digital filter methods. A WRF-LES simulation with periodic boundary conditions was conducted to provide prior mean profiles of first and second moments of turbulence for the synthetic turbulence generation method, and the results of the periodic case were also used to evaluate the inflow case. The inflow case generated similar turbulence structures to those of the periodic case after a short adjustment distance. The inflow case yielded a mean velocity profile and second-moment profiles that agreed well with those generated using periodic boundary conditions, after a short adjustment distance. For the range of the integral length scales of the inflow turbulence (inline-formula±40 %), its effect on the mean velocity profiles is negligible, whereas its influence on the second-moment profiles is more visible, in particular for the smallest integral length scales, e.g. those with the friction velocity of less than 4 % error of the reference data at inline-formula M3inlinescrollmathml x / H = normal 7 42pt14ptsvg-formulamathimg7c8d4e131b6e582e46fc9d17cd66de7a gmd-14-323-2021-ie00002.svg42pt14ptgmd-14-323-2021-ie00002.png . This implementation enables a WRF-LES simulation of a horizontally inhomogeneous case with non-repeated surface land-use patterns and can be extended so as to conduct a multi-scale seamless nesting simulation from a meso-scale domain with a kilometre-scale resolution down to LES domains with metre-scale resolutions.

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Zhong, Jian / Cai, Xiaoming / Xie, Zheng-Tong: Implementation of a synthetic inflow turbulence generator in idealised WRF v3.6.1 large eddy simulations under neutral atmospheric conditions. 2021. Copernicus Publications.

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