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Low-drag events in transitional wall-bounded turbulence

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Intermittency of low-drag pointwise wall shear stress measurements within Newtonian turbulentchannel ow at transitional Reynolds numbers (friction Reynolds numbers 70  130) is characterizedusing experiments and simulations. Conditional mean velocity pro les during low-dragevents closely approach that of a recently-discovered nonlinear traveling wave solution; both pro- les are near the so-called maximum drag reduction pro le, a general feature of turbulent ow ofliquids containing polymer additives (despite the fact that all results presented are for Newtonianuids only). Similarities between temporal intermittency in small domains and spatiotemporalintermittency in large domains is thereby found.

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Author(s): Whalley RD, Park JS, Kushwaha A, Dennis D, Graham MD, Poole R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Physical Review Fluids

Year: 2017

Volume: 2

Online publication date: 06/03/2017

Acceptance date: 26/01/2017

Date deposited: 27/01/2017

ISSN (electronic): 2469-990X

Publisher: American Physical Society


DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.2.034602


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