Thesis / Dissertation

Time-varying secondary flows in turbulent boundary layers over surfaces with spanwise heterogeneity

Dea Daniella Wangsawijaya, Nicholas Hutchins (ed.)

Published : 2020


The behaviour of turbulent boundary layers over surfaces composed of spanwise-alternating smooth and rough strips is investigated experimentally. The width of the strips S vary such that 0.32 < S/\delta < 6.81, where \delta is the boundary-layer thickness averaged over one spanwise wavelength of the heterogeneity. The experiments are configured to examine the influence of spanwise variation in wall shear stress over a large S/\delta range. Hot-wire anemometry (HWA) and particle image velocimetry (PIV) reveal that the half-wavelength S/\delta governs the diameter and strength of the resulting mean secondary flows. Three possible cases are observed: limiting cases where S/\delta <> 1 and the..

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