The vortex instability in a spherical pipe trifurcation is investigated by applying a Very Large Eddy Simulation (VLES). For this approach an new adaptive turbulence model based on an extended version of the k-ε model is used. Applying a classical Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes-Simulation with the standard k-ε model is not able to forecast the vortex instability. However the prescribed VLES method is capable to predict this flow phenomenon. The obtained results show a reasonable agreement with measurements in a model test.

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