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Experimental study of oscillating-grid turbulence interacting with a solid boundary

McCorquodale, M. W. and Munro, R. J. (2017) Experimental study of oscillating-grid turbulence interacting with a solid boundary. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 813. pp. 768-798. ISSN 0022-1120

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1017/jfm.2016.843

Abstract/Summary

The interaction between oscillating-grid turbulence and a solid, impermeable boundary (positioned below, and aligned parallel to the grid) is studied experimentally. Instantaneous velocity measurements, obtained using two-dimensional particle imaging velocimetry in the vertical plane through the centre of the (horizontal) grid, are used to study the effect of the boundary on the rms velocity components, the vertical flux of turbulent kinetic energy (TKE), and the terms in the Reynolds stress transport equation. Identified as a critical aspect of the interaction is the blocking of a vertical flux of TKE across the boundary-affected region. Terms of the Reynolds stress transport equations show that the blocking of this energy flux acts to increase the boundary-tangential turbulent velocity component, relative to far-field trend, but not the boundary-normal velocity component. The results are compared with previous studies of the interaction between zero-mean-shear turbulence and a solid boundary. In particular, the data reported here is in support of viscous and `return-to-isotropy' mechanisms governing the intercomponent energy transfer previously proposed, respectively, by Perot & Moin [J. Fluid Mech., vol. 295, 1995, pp. 199{227] and Walker et al. [J. Fluid Mech., vol. 320, 1996, pp. 19-51], although we note that these mechanisms are not independent of the blocking of energy flux and draw parallels to the related model proposed by Magnaudet [J. Fluid Mech., vol. 484, 2003, pp. 167-196].

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
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Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:77777
Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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