Turbulent flow in a ribbed channel: Flow structures in the vicinity of a rib

Lei Wang, Mirko Salewski, Bengt Sundén

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    PIV measurements are performed in a channel with periodic ribs on one wall. The emphasis of this study is to investigate the flow structures in the vicinity of a rib in terms of mean velocities, Reynolds stresses, probability density functions (PDF), and two-point correlations. The PDF distribution of u′ is bimodal in the separated shear layer downstream of the rib. The maximum Reynolds shear stresses occur at the leading edge of the rib. Based on quadrant analysis, it is found that ejection motions make a dominant contribution to the Reynolds shear stress in this region. Moreover, topology-based visualization is applied to the separation bubble upstream of the rib. Salient critical points and limit cycles are extracted, which gives clues to the physical processes occurring in the flow.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalExperimental Thermal and Fluid Science
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)165-176
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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