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Global effect of local skin friction drag reduction in spatially developing turbulent boundary layer
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Centres, Linné Flow Center, FLOW.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9627-5903
2016 (English)In: Journal of Fluid Mechanics, ISSN 0022-1120, E-ISSN 1469-7645, Vol. 805, 303-321 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A numerical investigation of two locally applied drag-reducing control schemes is carried out in the configuration of a spatially developing turbulent boundary layer (TBL). One control is designed to damp near-wall turbulence and the other induces constant mass flux in the wall-normal direction. Both control schemes yield similar local drag reduction rates within the control region. However, the flow development downstream of the control significantly differs: persistent drag reduction is found for the uniform blowing case, whereas drag increase is found for the turbulence damping case. In order to account for this difference, the formulation of a global drag reduction rate is suggested. It represents the reduction of the streamwise force exerted by the fluid on a plate of finite length. Furthermore, it is shown that the far-downstream development of the TBL after the control region can be described by a single quantity, namely a streamwise shift of the uncontrolled boundary layer, i.e. a changed virtual origin. Based on this result, a simple model is developed that allows the local drag reduction rate to be related to the global one without the need to conduct expensive simulations or measurements far downstream of the control region.

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Cambridge University Press, 2016. Vol. 805, 303-321 p.
Keyword [en]
boundary layer control, drag reduction, turbulence control
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Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-194262DOI: 10.1017/jfm.2016.545ISI: 000384332000016ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84988369581OAI: diva2:1040646

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Available from: 2016-10-28 Created: 2016-10-21 Last updated: 2016-10-28Bibliographically approved

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