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In search of low drag events in Newtonian turbulent channel flow at low Reynolds number

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Richard Whalley


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© 2019 International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena, TSFP. All rights reserved.Recent Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) and experiments in turbulent channel flow have found intermittent low drag behaviour in Newtonian fluid flows, between friction Reynolds numbers 70 and 100, whose mean streamwise velocity profile approaches the Virk Maximum Drag Reduction (MDR) asymptote; a profile which is more routinely associated with turbulent flows containing a drag-reducing additive. These intervals of low drag have been termed “hibernating turbulence” and in this experimental investigation, further verification of the hibernating turbulence phenomena is investigated in a channel flow facility using Newtonian fluids. Simultaneous measurements of instantaneous streamwise and wall-normal velocities, and wall shear stress are conducted using Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV) and Hot-film Anemometry (HFA), respectively. Experiments are conducted at friction Reynolds number of 70 for 10 different wall-normal locations. The effect of varying the criteria for a hibernating event on the ensemble-averaged wall shear stress during hibernation is investigated. Velocity data obtained during the low drag events are conditionally-averaged and normalized using two different values of mean wall shears stress: long time-averaged wall shear stress and conditionally-averaged wall shear stress. It is observed that the conditionally-averaged streamwise velocity when normalized with the conditionally-averaged wall shear stress approaches Virk MDR asymptote closer to the wall. There is found to be a decrease in the conditionally-averaged Reynolds shear stress (RSS) near the wall when the normalization is based on long time-averaged wall shear stress.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Agrawal R, Ng HC-H, Whalley RD, Dennis DJC, Poole RJ

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 11th International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena, TSFP 2019

Year of Conference: 2019

Print publication date: 02/08/2019

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Publisher: International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena, TSFP