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Experimental Investigation of the Effect of Upstream Conditions on Smooth and Rough Zero Pressure Gradient Turbulent Boundary Layer Flows at Very High Reynolds Numbers

[+] Author Affiliations
Luciano Castillo, Junghwa Seo

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

T. Gunnar Johansson

Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden

Horia Hangan

University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada

Paper No. FEDSM2002-31069, pp. 37-47; 11 pages
  • ASME 2002 Joint U.S.-European Fluids Engineering Division Conference
  • Volume 1: Fora, Parts A and B
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 14–18, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3615-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3600-2
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


A 2D turbulent boundary layer experiment in a zero pressure gradient (ZPG) has been carried out using two cross hot-wire probes. The mean velocity and all non-zero Reynolds stresses were measured in a number of positions, 14–28 m from the inlet of the wind tunnel over a rough and a smooth surface. Wind tunnel speeds of 10 m/s and 20 m/s were set up in order to test the effect of the upstream conditions on the downstream flow. The long test section allowed us to investigate the mean velocity and Reynolds stresses dependence on the local Reynolds number and the initial conditions at very high Reynolds number (i.e. Rθ ∼ 120,000). Furthermore, it will be shown that the mean velocity deficit profiles and some of the Reynolds stresses collapse when the upstream conditions are kept fixed for smooth and rough surface.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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