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Turbulent Flow Over a Facing Step at Several Reynolds Numbers

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Jose A. Jimenez-Bernal, Adan Juarez-Montalvo, Claudia del C. Gutierrez-Torres, Juan G. Barbosa Saldaña, Luis F. Rodriguez-Jimenez

Instituto Politecnico Nacional, México, DF, México

Paper No. IMECE2011-64462, pp. 731-733; 3 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 6: Fluids and Thermal Systems; Advances for Process Industries, Parts A and B
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, November 11–17, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5492-1
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


An experimental study was performed over forward facing step (FFS). It was located within a transparent rectangular acrylic channel (1.4 m in length, 0.1 m in width and 0.02 m in height). The step is 0.01 m in height and 0.1 m in width, and was located 0.7 m downstream (fully developed region); a spanwise aspect ratio, w/h = 10 was used. The experiments were carried out using particle image velocimetry (PIV), which is a non intrusive experimental technique. The experimental water flow conditions include three Reynolds numbers based on the step height, Reh = 1124, 1404 and 1685. These flow conditions correspond to turbulent flow. Measurements were carried out in two zones; zone A begins at x = 8 cm (measured from the step base), and zone B starts at x = 0, y = 0, the visualization region corresponds to an area of 22.76 mm × 16.89 mm. 100 instantaneous velocity fields were obtained for each Reh . A temporal and spatial average was performed to obtain a velocity profile in zone A; likewise, the corresponding turbulence intensity and shear stress distribution were evaluated. The average velocity profile was evaluated for each Reh . Regarding the vortex center location, it was observed that as Reh increases, the y-direction coordinate moves towards bottom of wall channel. For zone B, it was also observed a reduction of the shear stress as Reh increases.

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