Further development of large-eddy simulation (LES) faces as major obstacles the strong coupling between subgrid-scale (SGS) modeling and the truncation error of the numerical discretization. One can exploit this link by developing discretization methods where the truncation error itself functions as an implicit SGS model. The name “implicit LES” is used for approaches that merge the SGS model and numerical discretization.
In this paper, the implicit SGS modeling environment provided by the adaptive local deconvolution method is extended to LES of passive-scalar mixing. The resulting adaptive advection algorithm is discussed with respect to its numerical and turbulence-theoretical background. We demonstrate that the new method allows for reliable predictions of the turbulent transport of passive scalars in isotropic turbulence and in turbulent channel flow for a wide range of Schmidt numbers.