Formation of turbulent patterns near the onset of transition in plane Couette flow
2010 (English)In: Journal of Fluid Mechanics, ISSN 0022-1120, E-ISSN 1469-7645, Vol. 650, 119-129 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The formation of turbulent patterns in plane Couette flow is investigated near the onset of transition, using numerical simulation in a very large domain of size 800 h x 2h x 356 h. Based on a maximum observation time of 20 000 inertial units, the threshold for the appearance of sustained turbulent motion is Re-c = 324 +/- 1. For Re-c < Re <= 380, turbulent-banded patterns form, irrespective of whether the initial perturbation is a noise or localized disturbance. Measurements of the turbulent fraction versus Re show evidence for a discontinuous phase transition scenario where turbulent spots play the role of the nuclei. Using a smaller computational box, the angle selection of the turbulent bands in the early stages of their development is shown to be related to the amplitude of the initial perturbation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 650, 119-129 p.
Banded patterns, Computational box, In-plane, Inertial units, Initial perturbation, Large domain, Numerical simulation, Turbulent motion, Turbulent patterns, Turbulent spots, Computer simulation, Turbulent flow
Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-27539DOI: 10.1017/S0022112010000297ISI: 000278212500005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77952419597OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-27539DiVA: diva2:379222
QC 201012172010-12-172010-12-132010-12-17Bibliographically approved