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Turbulent boundary layers over multiscale rough patches

Turbulent boundary layers over multiscale rough patches
Turbulent boundary layers over multiscale rough patches
We experimentally investigate the effects of multiscale rough patches on the drag and flow structure of a fully rough turbulent boundary layer in a wind tunnel. Several patches containing both organized and randomized arrangements of cubes of multiple sizes are tested in order to study the dependence of drag on the frontal solidity of the patch. The drag of each patch is measured with a drag balance for a range of Reynolds numbers, indicating a dependence of the drag on the frontal solidity following the trend predicted by Macdonald et al. (Atmos Environ 32(11):1857–1864, 1998). One of the patches is also replicated with the smallest scales removed and measurements show that the smaller scales have negligible impact on the overall drag. Flow fields in several cross-sections are captured using particle image velocimetry, and maps of the velocity deficit and increased turbulence activity in the wake of the patches are determined and used to define the extent of the internal boundary layer formed by each patch.
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Vanderwel, Christina
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Ganapathisubramani, Bharathram
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Vanderwel, Christina
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Ganapathisubramani, Bharathram
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Vanderwel, Christina and Ganapathisubramani, Bharathram (2019) Turbulent boundary layers over multiscale rough patches. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 172 (1), 1-16. (doi:10.1007/s10546-019-00430-x).

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We experimentally investigate the effects of multiscale rough patches on the drag and flow structure of a fully rough turbulent boundary layer in a wind tunnel. Several patches containing both organized and randomized arrangements of cubes of multiple sizes are tested in order to study the dependence of drag on the frontal solidity of the patch. The drag of each patch is measured with a drag balance for a range of Reynolds numbers, indicating a dependence of the drag on the frontal solidity following the trend predicted by Macdonald et al. (Atmos Environ 32(11):1857–1864, 1998). One of the patches is also replicated with the smallest scales removed and measurements show that the smaller scales have negligible impact on the overall drag. Flow fields in several cross-sections are captured using particle image velocimetry, and maps of the velocity deficit and increased turbulence activity in the wake of the patches are determined and used to define the extent of the internal boundary layer formed by each patch.

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Accepted/In Press date: 10 January 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 16 April 2019
Published date: July 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 430232
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/430232
ISSN: 0006-8314
PURE UUID: bfa5f951-cf16-4928-8ade-0bc15141ad36
ORCID for Bharathram Ganapathisubramani: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9817-0486

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Date deposited: 16 Apr 2019 16:30
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 01:58

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