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Form-induced stress in turbulent flow over riblets

D Modesti, S Endrikat, R García-Mayoral, N Hutchins, D Chung

Proceedings of the 21st Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, AFMC 2018 | Published : 2018


© 2018 Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society. All rights reserved. We carry out direct numerical simulation of minimal open-channel flow over riblets. Several riblet geometries are simulated, namely symmetric triangular, asymmetric triangular, blade and trapezoidal, and with this unprecedented high-fidelity dataset, we are able to obtain broad insights into the flow physics of riblets. We find that the roughness sublayer thickness, above which the flow is statistically homogeneous, is proportional to the square root of the riblet groove cross-sectional area ℓ+g in both the drag-reducing and the drag-increasing regime, consistent with the ability of this parameter to collapse the roughness fun..

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