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Bypass transition and spot nucleation in boundary layers
Emergent Complexity in Physical Systems Laboratory (ECPS), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics, Stability, Transition and Control. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Centres, Linné Flow Center, FLOW. KTH, Centres, SeRC - Swedish e-Science Research Centre.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Centres, Linné Flow Center, FLOW. KTH, Centres, SeRC - Swedish e-Science Research Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9627-5903
LIMSI, CNRS, Université Paris-Saclay.
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Abstract [en]

The spatio-temporal aspects of the transition to turbulence are considered in the case of a boundary-layer flow developing above a flat plate exposed to free-stream turbulence. Combining results on the receptivity to free-stream turbulence with the nonlinear concept of a transition threshold, a physically motivated model suggests a spatial distribution of spot nucleation events. To describe the evolution of turbulent spots a probabilistic cellular automaton is introduced, with all parameters directly fitted from numerical simulations of the boundary layer. The nucleation rates are then combined with the cellular automaton model, yielding excellent quantitative agreement with the statistical characteristics for different free-stream turbulence levels. We thus show how the recent theoretical progress on transitional wall-bounded flows can be extended to the much wider class of spatially developing boundary-layer flows.

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Keyword [en]
boundary layers, bypass transition, free-stream turbulence, edge of chaos, cellular automaton
National Category
Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-186034OAI: diva2:924992

QS 201605

Available from: 2016-04-29 Created: 2016-04-29 Last updated: 2016-05-31Bibliographically approved
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1. Edge states and transition to turbulence in boundary layers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Edge states and transition to turbulence in boundary layers
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The focus of this thesis is the numerical study of subcritical transition to turbulence in boundary-layer flows. For the most part, boundary layers with uniform suction are considered. Constant homogeneous suction counteracts the spatial growth of the boundary layer, rendering the flow parallel. This enables research approaches which are not feasible in the context of spatially developing flows.

In the first part, the laminar–turbulent separatrix of the asymptotic suction boundary layer (ASBL) is investigated numerically by means of an edge-tracking algorithm. The obtained edge states experience recurrent dynamics, going through calm and bursting phases. The self-sustaining mechanism bears many similarities with the classical regeneration cycle of near-wall turbulence. The recurrent simple structure active during calm phases is compared to the nucleation of turbulence events in bypass transition originating from delocalised initial conditions. The implications on the understanding of the bypass-transition process and the edge state's role are discussed.

Based on this understanding, a model is constructed which predicts the position of the nucleation of turbulent spots during free-stream turbulence induced transition in spatially developing boundary-layer flow. This model is used together with a probabilistic cellular automaton (PCA), which captures the spatial spreading of the spots, correctly reproducing the main statistical characteristics of the transition process.

The last part of the thesis is concerned with the spatio-temporal aspects of turbulent ASBL in extended numerical domains near the onset of sustained turbulence. The different behaviour observed in ASBL, i.e. absence of sustained laminar–turbulent patterns, which have been reported in other wall-bounded flows, is associated with different character of the large-scale flow. In addition, an accurate quantitative estimate for the lowest Reynolds number with sustained turbulence is obtained

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KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2016. 45 p.
TRITA-MEK, ISSN 0348-467X ; 2016:08
boundary layer, transition to turbulence, direct numerical simulation, edge state, free-stream turbulence, bypass transition, probabilistic cellular automaton, turbulence at the onset, laminar–turbulent coexistence, laminarisation
National Category
Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
Research subject
Engineering Mechanics
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-186038 (URN)978-91-7595-977-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-05-19, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 10:15 (English)

QC 20160429

Available from: 2016-04-29 Created: 2016-04-29 Last updated: 2016-05-03Bibliographically approved

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