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Experimental study of eddy structures in a turbulent boundary layer using particle image velocimetry

Abstract : Particle image velocimetry experiments have been performed in a turbulent boundarylayer wind tunnel in order to study the coherent structures taking part in the generation and preservation of wall turbulence. The particular wind tunnel used is suitable for high-resolution experiments (δ >0.3m) at high Reynolds numbers (up to Rθ =19 000 in the present results). Eddy structures were identified in instantaneous velocity maps in order to determine their mean characteristics and possible relationships between these structures. In the logarithmic region, the results show that the observed eddy structures appear to organize like elongated vortices, tilted downstream, mainly at an angle of about 45◦ and having a cane shape. The characteristics of these vortices appear here to be universal in wall units for Rθ≤19 000. They seem to find their origin at a wall distance of about 25 wall units as quasi-streamwise vortices and to migrate away from the wall while tilting to form a head and a leg. Away from the wall, their radius increases and their vorticity decreases very slowly so that their circulation is nearly constant. Near the wall, the picture obtained is in fair agreement with existing models. The analysis of the results indicates a universality of the buffer-layer mechanism, even at low Reynolds number, and a sensitivity of the logarithmic region to low-Reynolds-number effects.
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Julien Carlier, M. Stanislas. Experimental study of eddy structures in a turbulent boundary layer using particle image velocimetry. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2005, 535, pp.143-188. ⟨hal-02586606⟩



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