A comparison of turbulent pipe, channel and boundary layer flows
AuthorMonty, J. P.; Hutchins, N.; Ng, H. C. H.; Marusic, I; Chong, M. S.
Source TitleJournal of Fluid Mechanics
PublisherCambridge University Press
University of Melbourne Author/sHutchins, Nicholas; Mathis, Romain; Chong, Min; Monty, Jason; NG, HENRY
AffiliationDepartment of Mechanical Engineering
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsMonty, J. P., Hutchins, N., Ng, H. C. H., Marusic, I., & Chong, M. S. (2009). A comparison of turbulent pipe, channel and boundary layer flows. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 632, 431-442.
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2009 Cambridge University Press. Online edition of the journal is available at http://journals.cambridge.org/FLM
The extent or existence of similarities between fully developed turbulent pipes and channels, and in zero-pressure-gradient turbulent boundary layers has come into question in recent years. This is in contrast to the traditionally accepted view that, upon appropriate normalization, all three flows can be regarded as the same in the near-wall region. In this paper, the authors aim to provide clarification of this issue through streamwise velocity measurements in these three flows with carefully matched Reynolds number and measurement resolution. Results show that mean statistics in the near-wall region collapse well. However, the premultiplied energy spectra of streamwise velocity fluctuations show marked structural differences that cannot be explained by scaling arguments. It is concluded that, while similarities exist at these Reynolds numbers, one should exercise caution when drawing comparisons between the three shear flows, even near the wall.
Keywordsturbulent pipes; canonical wall-bounded shear flows; Reynolds number
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