Transition Over C4 Leading Edge and Measurement of Intermittency Factor Using PDF of Hot-Wire Signal PUBLIC ACCESS

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Birinchi K. Hazarika, Charles Hirsch

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

Paper No. 95-GT-294, pp. V001T01A080; 17 pages
  • ASME 1995 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Turbomachinery
  • Houston, Texas, USA, June 5–8, 1995
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7878-1
  • Copyright © 1995 by ASME


The variation of intermittency factors in the transition region of a C4 leading edge flat plate is measured at three incidence angles in a low turbulence free-stream. During the determination of intermittency factor the threshold value of the detector function and the validity of conditional averaging are verified by a method based on the direct application of PDF of the hot-wire output. As the angle of incidence is increased, the transition progressively moves through all the three modes on the suction surface : at zero incidence the bypass transition, at 2° incidence the natural transition and at 4° incidence the separated-flow transition occur respectively. All the three modes of transition exhibited the chord-wise intermittency factor variation in accordance with Narasimha’s universal intermittency distribution, thus the method based on spot production rate is applicable to all the three modes of transition. In the transition zone of the attached boundary layers, the conditionally averaged inter-turbulent profiles are fuller than the Blasius profile while the conditionally averaged turbulent profiles follow a logarithmic profile with a variable additive parameter.

Copyright © 1995 by ASME
Topics: Wire , Signals
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