Study of the Structure of Turbulence in Accelerating Transitional Boundary Layers.
Final technical rept. 5 Oct 84-22 Sep 87,
UNITED TECHNOLOGIES RESEARCH CENTER EAST HARTFORD CT
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A combined experimental and analytical program has been conducted to examine transitional, accelerating boundary layer flows with high levels of freestream turbulence. An earlier program focused on measurement of transitional heat transfer distributions for four combinations of streamwise acceleration and freestream turbulence. The present program was designed to document the boundary layer turbulence structure and spectral distributions for the same four test conditions. The results from the present program have shown that transition in accelerating flows consists of an acceleration dominated stage of slowly developing intermittency followed by a second stage with the same general characteristics as zero-pressure-gradient transition. Conditionally sampled fluctuating velocity profile measurements indicated that the boundary layer turbulence was highly anisotropic in the early stages of transition. Conditionally sampled mean velocity measurements showed that within the intermittent turbulent patches the mean velocity profiles were very similar to those of an equilibrium turbulent boundary layer. Spectral distribution data indicated that preferred amplification of the most unstable as predicted by linear stability theory frequencies occurred upstream of the onset of transitional bursting. In addition to the experimental portion of this investigation, numerical experiments were undertaken to assess the ability of currently existing methods to predict heat transfer during transition in accelerating flows.
- *TURBULENT BOUNDARY LAYER
- BOUNDARY LAYER TRANSITION
- FREE STREAM
- HEAT TRANSFER
- MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS
- NUMERICAL METHODS AND PROCEDURES
- SPECTRAL ENERGY DISTRIBUTION
- Fluid Mechanics