PIV measurements in a weakly separating and reattaching turbulent boundary layer
2006 (English)In: European journal of mechanics. B, Fluids, ISSN 0997-7546, E-ISSN 1873-7390, Vol. 25, no 2, 204-222 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A high Reynolds number flat plate turbulent boundary layer was studied in a wind-tunnel experiment using particle image velocimetry (PIV). The flow is subjected to an adverse pressure gradient (APG) which is designed such that the boundary layer separates and reattaches, forming a weak separation bubble. With PIV we are able to get a more complete picture of this complex flow phenomenon. The view of a separation bubble being composed of large scale coherent regions of instantaneous backflow occurring randomly in a three-dimensional manner in space and time is verified by the present PIV measurements. The PIV database was used to test the applicability of various velocity scalings around the separation bubble. We found that the mean velocity profiles in the outer part of the boundary layer, and to some extent also the Reynolds shear-stress, are self-similar when using a velocity scale based on the local pressure gradient. The same can be said for the so called Perry-Schotield scaling, which suggests that the two velocity scales are connected. This can also be interpreted as an experimental evidence of the claimed relation between the latter velocity scale and the maximum Reynolds shear-stress.
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2006. Vol. 25, no 2, 204-222 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-37381DOI: 10.1016/j.euromechflu.2005.05.003ISI: 000235666100006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-32344447876OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-37381DiVA: diva2:433545