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Instantaneous behavior of streamwise vortices for turbulent boundary layer separation control
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics.
2007 (English)In: Journal of Fluids Engineering - Trancactions of The ASME, ISSN 0098-2202, Vol. 129, no 2, 226-235 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The present study investigates turbulent boundary layer separation control by means of streamwise vortices with focus on the instantaneous vortex behavior. A turbulent boundary layer is exposed to a pressure gradient that generates a separation bubble with substantial backflow. The separation bubble is controlled by conventional passive vortex generators creating pairs of counterrotating vortices. Quantitative information is achieved by applying Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) to the cross-stream plane of the vortices. The characteristics of a pair of counter-rotating vortices shed from a vortex generator is investigated in the near-field downstream of the vortex generator. The vortices were found to grow with the boundary layer in the downstream direction, and the maximum vorticity decreases as the circulation is conserved. The vortices are nonstationary, and the movements in the spanwise direction are larger than those in the wall-normal direction, due to the presence of the wall. The vortices fluctuate substantially and move over a spanwise distance, which is approximately equal to their size. The most probable instantaneous separation between the two vortices shed from one vortex generator equals the difference between their mean positions. The unsteadiness of the vortices contributes to the observed maxima in the Reynolds stresses around the mean vortex centers. The instantaneous vortex size and the instantaneous maximum vorticity are also fluctuating properties, and the instantaneous vortex is generally smaller and stronger than the mean vortex. A correlation was found between a large instantaneous vortex size and a low instantaneous maximum vorticity (and vice versa), suggesting that the vortices are subjected to vortex stretching.

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2007. Vol. 129, no 2, 226-235 p.
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Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-35944DOI: 10.1115/1.2409327ISI: 000244472400013ScopusID: 2-s2.0-34248189163OAI: diva2:429924
QC 20110706Available from: 2011-07-06 Created: 2011-07-06 Last updated: 2011-07-06Bibliographically approved

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