The capabilities of the detached eddy simulation (DES) and the unsteady Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes (URANS) versions of the 1988 k-ω model in predicting the turbulent flow field in a two-pass internal cooling duct with normal ribs is presented. The flow is dominated by the separation and reattachment of shear layers; unsteady vorticity induced secondary flows and strong streamline curvature. The techniques are evaluated in predicting the developing flow at the entrance to the duct and downstream of the 180deg bend, fully developed regime in the first pass, and in the 180deg bend. Results of mean flow quantities, secondary flows, and the average friction factor are compared to experiments and large-eddy simulations (LES). DES predicts a slower flow development than LES, whereas URANS predicts it much earlier than LES computations and experiments. However, it is observed that as fully developed conditions are established, the capability of the base model in predicting the flow is enhanced by the DES formulation. DES accurately predicts the flow both in the fully developed region as well as the 180deg bend of the duct. URANS fails to predict the secondary flows in the fully developed region of the duct and is clearly inferior to DES in the 180deg bend.

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