Title: On the relation between fronts and high-shear layers in wall turbulence
Authors : Wilhelm, Dirk
Härtel, Carlos
Eckelmann, Helmut
Published in : Flow, Turbulence and Combustion
Volume(Issue) : 60
Issue : 1
Pages : 87
Pages to: 103
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Springer
Issue Date: Mar-1998
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Wall turbulence; Coherent structures; Direct numerical simulation
Subject (DDC) : 530: Physics
Abstract: Direct numerical simulation results of turbulent channel flow are analyzed in order to examine the relation between two kinds of near-wall flow structures, namely the instantaneous shear layers and the fronts which are derived from two-point statistics of the streamwise velocity component. The near-wall shear layers are analyzed by flow visualizations and conditional sampling, while the fronts are examined by means of space-time correlations and spatial two-point correlation functions. The present study focuses on the analysis of the propagation speed and the spatial shape of the structures. Concerning the propagation speed it is shown that the results obtained from flow visualizations are in close agreement with the propagation velocities derived from space-time correlation functions. The comparison of VISA results for the instantaneous shear with spatial structures obtained from two-point correlations of the streamwise velocity and the shear gives evidence that the fronts are intimately related to the pronounced near-wall shear layers.
Departement: School of Engineering
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
DOI : 10.1023/A:1009952224076
ISSN: 1386-6184
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/13736
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