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Wall-Layer Scale Electromagnetic Turbulence Control in an Axisymmetric Body

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Promode R. Bandyopadhyay, John M. Castano, Daniel P. Thivierge

Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI

Paper No. HT-FED2004-56590, pp. 979-985; 7 pages
  • ASME 2004 Heat Transfer/Fluids Engineering Summer Conference
  • Volume 1
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, July 11–15, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division and Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4690-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3740-8
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


The progress made with the control of turbulence in a boundary layer developing over a small axisymmetric body in saltwater at moderate Reynolds numbers is briefly described. A resonance-interference mechanism of control by means of a small periodic Lorenz force confined to the near-wall region, designed to overcome the issue of low efficiency of electromagnetic turbulence control in general, is attempted to alter surface normal turbulence near-wall. At a low momentum thickness Reynolds number of 2300, drag is reduced by 15–25% at a freestream speed of 5.12 m/s with an efficiency of 2–3.4%. Bi-polar pulsing succeeds in lowering surface-normal turbulence intensity near wall. It also makes wall pressure fluctuations less spiky. Positive uni-polar pulsing is found to weaken the sources of wall-pressure fluctuations residing in the logarithmic region of the boundary layer. Further confirmatory work is needed with robust electrodes and drag measurements on a large diameter axisymmetric body.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME
Topics: Turbulence



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