Modification of Turbulent Boundary Layer Coherent Structures with Drag Reducing Polymer Solution

10 Jan 2020  ·  Farsiani Yasaman, Saeed Zeeshan, Jayaraman Balaji, Elbing Brian R. ·

The modification of dominant coherent structures that extend through the log-region of a drag reduced turbulent boundary layer is studied via examination of two-point correlations from time-resolved particle-image-velocimetry. Measurements were acquired in polymer oceans (uniform concentration) at drag reduction levels corresponding to the low drag reduction regime (< 40%), the high drag reduction (HDR) regime (>40%), and at an intermediate level (46%)... The mean velocity profiles and two-point correlations were compared with that of water (Newtonian, DR = 0%). These results show that with increasing drag reduction the inclination of these dominant coherent structures decrease, their streamwise extent increases, and the fluctuations in the correlations are suppressed (especially at HDR). These observations are examined in comparison with the coherent structure literature (Newtonian and polymeric). read more

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