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Turbulent Channel Flow Diagnostics By Means Of Shake-The-Box (STB): Flow Structures And Sublayer Profiles

Jochen Kriegseis (1), Robin Leister (1), Thomas Rockstroh (2), Radomir Beslac (2), Bettina Frohnapfel (1)

1. Institute of Fluid Mechanics - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
2. LaVision GmbH, Göttingen, Germany


Time-resolved Shake-the-Box (STB) experiments have been conducted in the channel-flow facility at the Institute of Fluid Mechanics (ISTM) at f = 30 kHz repetition rate to study the near-wall velocity field at a viscous Reynolds number of Reτ = 350 (centerline velocity Ucl = 8.4 m/s, channel half-height h = 12.6 mm, viscous unit δv ≈ 36 μm) to testify the STB method for the applicability to provide high-resolution velocity information of the given flow field including the sublayer region of the channel flow. In addition to the extraction of Lagrangian particle tracks and corresponding Eulerian iso-surfaces of vortical structure the major emphasis of the study centers around an evaluation of the resulting near wall velocity profile. Particularly, it is discussed how the choice of data-processing steps and strategies affects the resulting velocity estimates in the immediate vicinity of the wall, where the major impact for the current study has been identified to result from image-arithmetic efforts during data pre-processing. The achieved results are discussed and further compared with direct numerical simulations (DNS) of similar Reτ and earlier experimental efforts at ISTM of the same flow configuration by means of stereoscopic particle image velocimetry (stereo PIV) and a laser-Doppler velocimetry profile sensor (LDV-PS). Finally, future perspectives of the experimental efforts for near-wall shear flow measurements are outlined on the grounds of the achieved insights.

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