Journal of Fluid Mechanics

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Experimental measurement of large-scale three-dimensional structures in a turbulent boundary layer. Part 1. Vortex packets

DAVID J. C. DENNISa1 c1 and TIMOTHY B. NICKELSa1

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

Abstract

Experimental measurements of the three-dimensional (3D) velocity field in a moderate Reynolds number zero pressure-gradient boundary layer are presented. The measurements are analysed to produce 3D correlations and conditional averaging techniques are used to further elucidate the underlying structure. The results show clear evidence of vortex-packet-type structures and shed new light on the detailed 3D structure of such packets in a real zero pressure-gradient boundary layer.

(Received April 08 2010)

(Revised September 27 2010)

(Accepted December 03 2010)

(Online publication March 14 2011)

Key words:

  • boundary layers;
  • boundary layer structure;
  • turbulent boundary layers

Correspondence:

c1 Email address for correspondence: djcd2@cam.ac.uk

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