Governing Equations for Internal Turbulent Flow
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The generalized governing equations for threedimensional turbulent flow have been presented in Chapter 2 (see Section 2.5). For twodimensional steadystate turbulent flow inside a cylindrical coordinate system (see Fig. 5.2), the governing equations are:



which can be obtained by using the boundary layer theory similar to Chapter 4. The second order derivatives of in the xdirection have been dropped based on the similar arguments for laminar flow in a duct. The timeaveraged pressure is not a function of r, but is a function of x only. It can also be observed from eqs. (5.267) and (5.268) that the both momentum and energy diffusions are governed by molecular and eddy diffusions. Similar to the cases of external turbulent boundary layers, the momentum and thermal eddy diffusivities, , are defined as:


where u', v' and T' are the fluctuations of axial velocity, radial velocity, and temperature, respectively. Appropriate turbulent models in either algebraic or differential equation forms must be employed to obtain the eddy diffusivities.