Autogeneration of near-wall vortical structures in channel flow

Jigen Zhou, Ronald J. Adrian, S. Balachandar

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The evolution of a symmetric pair of quasistreamwise vortical structures extracted from the two-point correlation tensor of turbulent channel flow data by a linear stochastic estimation procedure is studied through direct numerical simulation. It is observed that an Ω-shaped hairpin vortex is formed quickly from this initial structure. Sufficiently strong hairpin vortices are observed to generate a hierarchy of secondary hairpin vortices, and the mechanism of their creation closely resembles the formation of the primary hairpin vortex. New streamwise vortices are also generated, and this process provides a means for a few vortical disturbances of adequate strength to reproduce themselves and eventually populate the near-wall layer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)288-290
Number of pages3
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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