An Experimental and Analytical Study of Boundary Layers in Highly Turbulent Freestreams.
Annual scientific rept. no. 1, 1 Jun 78-1 Jun 79,
UNITED TECHNOLOGIES RESEARCH CENTER EAST HARTFORD CONN
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Experimental research has been conducted to determine the influence of free-stream turbulence on zero pressure gradient, incompressible, fully turbulent boundary layer flow. During this period convective heat transfer coefficients, boundary layer mean velocity and temperature profile and wall static pressure distribution data were obtained for two flow conditions of constant free-stream velocity and low free-stream turbulence intensity and for one flow condition of constant free-stream velocity and higher free-stream turbulence. Documentation of the free-stream turbulence for these flows is currently in progress. The conclusion reached from the low free-stream turbulence test results is that these data are in excellent agreement with classic two-dimensional, low free-stream turbulence, turbulent boundary layer correlations, thus establishing the absolute accuracy of the experiment. The data obtained for the higher free-stream turbulence test case indicates that free-stream turbulence does have a significant effect on fully turbulent boundary layer skin friction and heat transfer. A quantitative assessment of this influence will emerge as data is obtained for additional free-stream turbulence levels and as the turbulence distributions are documented.
- Fluid Mechanics