Acceleration in turbulent channel flow

Chen, L., Coleman, S.W., Vassilicos, J.C. and Hu, Zhiwei (2010) Acceleration in turbulent channel flow. Journal of Turbulence, 11, (41), 1-23. (doi:10.1080/14685248.2010.510842).


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We use Direct Numerical Simulations of turbulent channel flow to study the acceleration A corresponding to the full fluid velocity u and the acceleration a corresponding to the fluctuating velocity u? ? u?hui where hui is the mean flow. The mean acceleration hAi = hai is not zero, and the fluctuations of the convective and local parts of hAi around their means approximately cancel in the intermediate log-like layer. The motions of stagnation points where u? = 0 are controlled by a. In this intermediate layer, the fluctuations of a around its mean come predominantly from the fluctuations of its local part. Stagnation points move with an average velocity which equals the average fluid velocity at these points. The fluctuations around this average stagnation point motion decrease in the log-like layer with increasing distance from the wall.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/14685248.2010.510842
ISSNs: 1468-5248 (print)
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Aerodynamics & Flight Mechanics
ePrint ID: 155631
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Date Deposited: 28 May 2010 14:31
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:25
UK Turbulence Consortium
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/G069581/1)
Led by: Richard David Sandberg
19 July 2009 to 18 July 2014

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