Turbulence measurements in a swirling pipe flow

Turbulence measurements in a swirling pipe flow This paper reports laser-Doppler measurements of the mean flow and turbulence stresses in a swirling pipe flow. Experiments were carried out under well-controlled laboratory conditions in a refractive index-matched pipe flow facility. The results show pronounced asymmetry in mean and fluctuating quantities during the downstream decay of the swirl. Experimental data reveal that the swirl significantly modifies the anisotropy of turbulence and that it can induce explosive growth of the turbulent kinetic energy during its decay. Anisotropy invariant mapping of the turbulent stresses shows that the additional flow deformation imposed by initially strong swirling motion forces turbulence in the core region to tend towards the isotropic two-component state. When turbulence reaches this limiting state it induces rapid production of turbulent kinetic energy during the swirl decay. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Experiments in Fluids Springer Journals

Turbulence measurements in a swirling pipe flow

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Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Engineering; Engineering Fluid Dynamics; Fluid- and Aerodynamics; Engineering Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer
ISSN
0723-4864
eISSN
1432-1114
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00348-006-0206-x
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Abstract

This paper reports laser-Doppler measurements of the mean flow and turbulence stresses in a swirling pipe flow. Experiments were carried out under well-controlled laboratory conditions in a refractive index-matched pipe flow facility. The results show pronounced asymmetry in mean and fluctuating quantities during the downstream decay of the swirl. Experimental data reveal that the swirl significantly modifies the anisotropy of turbulence and that it can induce explosive growth of the turbulent kinetic energy during its decay. Anisotropy invariant mapping of the turbulent stresses shows that the additional flow deformation imposed by initially strong swirling motion forces turbulence in the core region to tend towards the isotropic two-component state. When turbulence reaches this limiting state it induces rapid production of turbulent kinetic energy during the swirl decay.

Journal

Experiments in FluidsSpringer Journals

Published: Sep 13, 2006

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