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The Response of High Intensity Turbulence in the Presence of Large Stagnation Regions

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N. Chowdhury

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

F. E. Ames

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

Paper No. GT2013-95055, pp. V03CT14A020; 10 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2013: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 3C: Heat Transfer
  • San Antonio, Texas, USA, June 3–7, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5516-4
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Relatively small scale turbulence is known to intensify in the presence of a stagnation region due to the elongation of these eddies by the mean strain field of the approach flow. Experimental evidence also demonstrates that the large scale eddies are blocked as they approach presence of the stagnation surface. Recent heat transfer measurements suggest that very high intensity turbulence or turbulence in the presence of very large scale leading edge regions may not be as strongly influenced by the stagnation region strain field. Understanding the physics of turbulence is critical to the improvement of turbulence models which are used to predict the surface heat load in gas turbine hot sections.

This paper documents the response of high intensity turbulence in the approach flow of two large cylindrical leading edge regions. Measurements of turbulence intensity, scale, spectra, and dissipation have been acquired for five elevated levels of turbulence in the approach flow of two large diameter (0.1016 m and 0.4064 m) leading edge regions. Generally, three influences were observed. Initially, in the presence of the largest cylinder the smaller scale higher intensity turbulence showed increased decay due to longer effective convection times. Secondly, dissipation levels, as estimated from the inertial subrange of the one-dimensional spectra, initially decreased then increased as the strain field intensified in the presence of the stagnation regions. Finally, the measurements indicated that the energy in the low wave number spectra was increasingly blocked in the near wall region of the leading edge.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME
Topics: Turbulence



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