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    Evidence of the -1-law in a high Reynolds number turbulent boundary layer
    Nickels, T. B. ; Hafez, S. ; Marusic, I. ; Chong, M. S. ( 2004)
    Dimensional analysis leads to a prediction of a -1-power-lawfor the streamwise velocity spectrum in a turbulent boundarylayer. This law can be derived from overlap arguments or fromphysical arguments based on the attached eddy hypothesis ofTownsend (1976). Some recent experiments have questionedthe existence of this power-law region in wall-bounded ows.In this paper experimental spectra are presented which supportthe existence of the -1-law in a high Reynolds number boundarylayer, measured in the large boundary layer facility in theWalterBasset laboratory at the University of Melbourne. The paperpresents the experimental results and discusses the theoreticaland experimental issues involved in examining the existence ofthe -1-law and reasons why it has proved so elusive.