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Study on Vortex Structures and Intermittency in Two-Oscillating Grid Turbulence With Viscoelastic Fluids Based on Wavelet Analysis

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Yue Wang, Yongyao Li, Weihua Cai, Lu Wang, Fengchen Li

Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China

Liming Yao

Institute of Advanced Technology of Heilongjiang Academy of Sciences, Harbin, China

Paper No. FEDSM2017-69005, pp. V01BT06A002; 7 pages
  • ASME 2017 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting
  • Volume 1B, Symposia: Fluid Measurement and Instrumentation; Fluid Dynamics of Wind Energy; Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conversion; Energy and Process Engineering; Microfluidics and Nanofluidics; Development and Applications in Computational Fluid Dynamics; DNS/LES and Hybrid RANS/LES Methods
  • Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA, July 30–August 3, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5805-9
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


In this paper, two-oscillating grid turbulence with/without viscoelastic additives was performed experimentally by particle image velocimetry. Two classical drag-reducing additives-polymer (Polyacrylamide, PAM) and cationic surfactant (cetyltrimethyl ammonium chloride, CTAC) were chosen. The experiments were carried out under the classical concentration (25ppm) and three different grid oscillation frequencies. Two-dimensional wavelet transform was utilized to investigate multi-scale characteristics of vortex structures and intermittency based on wavelet coefficient. The results showed that at the same decomposition level, the existence of viscoelastic additives attenuates the high-frequency components of fluctuation velocity. The small-scale intermittency is remarkably inhibited by viscoelastic additives especially for scale parameter smaller than 24. Besides, CTAC additives show different effect from PAM additives. Therefore, turbulent drag reduction with additives also happens in two-oscillating grid turbulence without wall effect.

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