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Modification of Near-Wall Turbulent Structure in Channel Flow by Dosing a Small Amount of Polymer Solution

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Yushi Okamura, Tomohiro Kurose, Yasuo Kawaguchi

Tokyo University of Science, Noda, Japan

Paper No. FEDSM2017-69521, pp. V01CT18A003; 8 pages
  • ASME 2017 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting
  • Volume 1C, Symposia: Gas-Liquid Two-Phase Flows; Gas and Liquid-Solid Two-Phase Flows; Numerical Methods for Multiphase Flow; Turbulent Flows: Issues and Perspectives; Flow Applications in Aerospace; Fluid Power; Bio-Inspired Fluid Mechanics; Flow Manipulation and Active Control; Fundamental Issues and Perspectives in Fluid Mechanics; Transport Phenomena in Energy Conversion From Clean and Sustainable Resources; Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing and Manufacturing Processes
  • Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA, July 30–August 3, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5806-6
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


The phenomenon known as Toms effect can impart viscoelasticity to a water flow when a small amount of water-soluble polymer is added. The resulting viscoelastic fluid generates viscoelastic stress in the flow, dramatically reducing the turbulent stress.

In this study, the spatial distribution of velocity is measured using a stereo-PIV method in the streamwise-spanwise plane parallel to the wall. Modification of the near wall turbulence by the polymer solution blown slowly from a permeable wall was investigated by analyzing the velocity distribution acquired by stereo-PIV measurements.

Experimental results reveal that streamwise local mean velocity decreases as the dosed polymer concentration increases. The skewness factor at this height shifts from 0 to positive by adding the polymer, which indicates intensified turbulent coherent structure. Moreover, the spatial two-point correlation function calculated from streamwise velocity fluctuations maintains its high correlation with the streamwise direction. It is consistent with the finding from the instantaneous velocity distribution, which shows that the flection of low-speed streaks is suppressed. Next, it is revealed that the normal velocity at the wall for low-speed fluid is decreased dramatically by polymer additives. Moreover, applying the quadrant analysis, it is confirmed that ejection events are suppressed with decreasing normal velocity at the wall. Suppression of ejection motion affects to the turbulence in the log law layer. We conclude that this is one reason that turbulence is suppressed in a wide range of the shear layer by polymer additives present only in the vicinity of the wall.

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