Turbulent flow over large-amplitude wavy surfaces

Jeffrey Buckles, Thomas J. Hanratty, Ronald J. Adrian

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The laser-Doppler velocimeter is used to measure the mean and the fluctuating velocity for turbulent flow over a solid sinusoidal wave surface having a wavelength A of 50.8 mm and a wave amplitude of 5.08 mm. For this flow, a large separated region exists, extending from x/λ = 0.14 to 0.69. From the mean velocity measurements, the time-averaged streamlines and therefore the extent of the separated region are calculated. Three flow elements are identified: the separated region, an attached boundary layer, and a free shear layer formed by the detachment of the boundary layer from the wave surface. The characteristics of these flow elements are discussed in terms of the properties of the mean and fluctuating velocity fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-44
Number of pages18
Journaljournal of fluid mechanics
StatePublished - Mar 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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