Investigation of the Calmed Region Behind a Turbulent Spot

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J. P. Gostelow

University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom

G. J. Walker, W. J. Solomon

University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

G. Hong, N. Melwani

University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney, Australia

J. Turbomach 119(4), 802-809 (Oct 01, 1997) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2841191 History: Received February 01, 1996; Online January 29, 2008


Measurements are presented of the calmed region behind triggered wave packets and turbulent spots under a controlled diffusion adverse pressure gradient in a wind tunnel. Similar measurements are also presented from the stator blades of an axial flow compressor, where turbulent spots are induced by the passing of rotor wakes. The purpose is to gain an appreciation of turbulent spot behavior under a strong adverse pressure gradient as a foundation for the more accurate modeling of spots and their environment in predictions of transitional boundary layer flows. Under an adverse pressure gradient the calmed region behind the spot is extensive; its interaction with the surrounding boundary layer is complex and is dependent on whether the surrounding natural boundary layer is laminar or turbulent. Some insights are gleaned concerning the behavior of the calmed region, which will subsequently be used in attempts to model the calmed region. Although these fundamental investigations of the calmed region have been extensive, much remains to be understood.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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