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Studies on Wake-Induced Bypass Transition of Flat-Plate Boundary Layers Under Pressure Gradients and Free-Stream Turbulence

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Ken-Ichi Funazaki

Iwate University, Morika, Japan

Eitaro Koyabu

Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

Paper No. GT2006-91103, pp. 1243-1250; 8 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2006: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 3: Heat Transfer, Parts A and B
  • Barcelona, Spain, May 8–11, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4238-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3774-2
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


This study investigates wake-induced bypass transition of a flat-plate boundary layer that experiences favorable and adverse pressure gradients. The effect of free-stream turbulence is also examined. This paper mainly focuses on how the pressure gradients affect the transitional behavior of the wake-disturbed boundary layer with and without the influence of free-stream turbulence. A wall-contouring of the test duct generates the flow acceleration and deceleration on the flat plate, emulating aft-loading or front-loading pressure distributions of actual turbine blades. A spoked-wheel type wake generator is used to produce wakes moving over the boundary layer. Detailed boundary layer measurements are performed by use of a hot-wire anemometer. In addition to velocity fluctuations, which clearly indicate transition process, intermittency factors are obtained and compared with the results given by a transition model. Noticeable differences in transitional behavior are observed between the cases with and without the enhanced free-stream turbulence. It is also confirmed that the wake width as well as the direction of the bar movement are influential factors to the bypass transition.

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