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Conditional Sampling in a Transitional Boundary Layer Under High Free-Stream Turbulence Conditions

[+] Author Affiliations
Ralph J. Volino, Michael P. Schultz, Christopher M. Pratt

United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

Paper No. 2001-GT-0192, pp. V003T01A066; 10 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2001: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 3: Heat Transfer; Electric Power; Industrial and Cogeneration
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, June 4–7, 2001
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7852-1
  • Copyright © 2001 by ASME


Conditional sampling has been performed on data from a transitional boundary layer subject to high (initially 9%) free-stream turbulence and strong Display FormulaK=ν/U2dU/dxas high as9×10-6 acceleration. Methods for separating the turbulent and non-turbulent zone data based on the instantaneous streamwise velocity and the turbulent shear stress were tested and found to agree. Mean velocity profiles were clearly different in the turbulent and non-turbulent zones, and skin friction coefficients were as much as 70% higher in the turbulent zone. The streamwise fluctuating velocity, in contrast, was only about 10% higher in the turbulent zone. Turbulent shear stress differed by an order of magnitude, and eddy viscosity was three to four times higher in the turbulent zone. Eddy transport in the non-turbulent zone was still significant, however, and the non-turbulent zone did not behave like a laminar boundary layer. Within each of the two zones there was considerable self-similarity from the beginning to the end of transition. This may prove useful for future modeling efforts.

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