## Abstract

The turbulence structure and passive scalar (heat) transport in plane Couette flow at Reynolds number equal to 3000 (based on the relative speed and distance between the walls) are studied using direct numerical simulation (DNS). The numerical model is a three-dimensional trilinear Galerkin finite element code. It is found that the structures of the mean velocity and temperature in plane Couette flow are similar to those in forced channel flow, but the empirical coefficients are different. The total (turbulent and viscous) shear stress and total (turbulent and conductive) heat flux are constant throughout the channel. The locations of maximum root-mean-square streamwise velocity and temperature fluctuations are close to the walls, while the location of maximum root-mean-square spanwise and vertical velocity fluctuations are at the channel center. The correlation coefficients between velocities and temperature are fairly constant in the center core of the channel. In particular, the streamwise velocity is highly correlated with temperature (correlation coefficient ≈−0.9). At the channel center, the turbulence production is unable to counterbalance the dissipation, in which the diffusion terms (both turbulent and viscous) bring turbulent kinetic energy from the near-wall regions toward the channel center. The snapshots of the DNS database help explain the nature of the correlation coefficients. The elongated wall streaks for both streamwise velocity and temperature in the viscous sublayer are well simulated. Moreover, the current DNS shows organized large-scale eddies (secondary rotations) perpendicular to the direction of mean flow at the channel center.

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