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On the limitations of Taylor's hypothesis in constructing long structures in a turbulent boundary layer

DAVID J. C. DENNISa1 and TIMOTHY B. NICKELSa1

a1 Department of Engineering, Cambridge University, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1PZ, UK

Abstract

Taylor's hypothesis of frozen flow has frequently been used to convert temporal experimental measurements into a spatial domain. This technique has led to the discovery of long meandering structures in the log-region of a turbulent boundary layer. There is some contention over whether Taylor's approximation is valid over large distances. This paper presents an experiment that compares velocity fields constructed using Taylor's approximation with those obtained from particle image velocimetry (PIV), i.e. spatial data, obtained in the logarithmic region of a turbulent boundary layer.

(Received April 24 2008)

(Revised July 23 2008)

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