Journal article

Interfaces of uniform momentum zones in turbulent boundary layers

Charitha M de Silva, Jimmy Philip, Nicholas Hutchins, Ivan Marusic

JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2017

Abstract

In this paper we examine the characteristics of the interfaces that demarcate regions of relatively uniform streamwise momentum in turbulent boundary layers. The analysis utilises particle image velocimetry databases that span more than an order of magnitude of friction Reynolds number (Reτ = 103-104), enabling us to provide a detailed description of the interfacial layers as a function of Reynolds number. As reported by Adrian et al. (J. Fluid Mech., vol. 422, 2000, pp. 1-54), these interfaces appear as persistent regions of strong shear with distinct patches of vorticity consistent with a packet-like structure. Here, however, we treat these interfaces as continuous lines, thus averaging th..

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