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Role of data uncertainties in identifying the logarithmic region of turbulent boundary layers
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Centres, Linné Flow Center, FLOW.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6570-5499
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Centres, Linné Flow Center, FLOW.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9627-5903
2014 (English)In: Experiments in Fluids, ISSN 0723-4864, E-ISSN 1432-1114, Vol. 55, no 6, 1751- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Composite expansions based on the log-law and the power-law were used to generate synthetic velocity profiles of zero pressure gradient turbulent boundary layers (TBLs) in the range of Reynolds number 800 <= Re-theta <= 860; 000; based on displacement thickness and free-stream velocity. Several artificial errors were added to the velocity profiles to simulate typical measurement uncertainties. The effects of the simulated errors were studied by extracting log-law and power-law parameters from all these pseudo-experimental profiles. Various techniques were used to establish a measure of the deviations in the overlap region. When parameters extracted for the log-law and the power-law are associated with similar levels of deviations with respect to their expected values, we consider that the profile leads to ambiguous conclusions. This ambiguity was observed up to Re-theta 16; 000 for a 4 % dispersion in the velocity measurements, up to Re-theta 8.6 x 10(5) for a 400 mu m uncertainty in probe position (in air flow at atmospheric pressure), and up to Re-theta 32; 000 for 3 % uncertainty in the determination of u(tau): In addition, a new method for the determination of the log-law limits is proposed. The results clearly serve as a further note for caution when identifying either a log or a power-law in TBLs. Together with a number of available studies in the literature, the present results can be seen as a additional reconfirmation of the log-law.

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2014. Vol. 55, no 6, 1751- p.
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Velocity Distribution, Scaling Laws, Shear Flows, Von Karman, Pipe-Flow
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-148310DOI: 10.1007/s00348-014-1751-3ISI: 000338322400011Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84901574379OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-148310DiVA: diva2:736543
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Available from: 2014-08-07 Created: 2014-08-05 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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