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Near-Wall Flow Features In ZPG-TBL At Various Reynolds Numbers Using Dense 3D Lagrangian Particle Tracking

Andreas Schröder (1), Daniel Schanz (1), Reinhard Geisler (1), Phlipp Godbersen (1), Janos Agocs (1), Abhijna R. Simhan (2)

1. German Aerospace Center, Göttingen, Germany
2. Brandenburg Technical University, Cottbus, Germany


The 3D Lagrangian particle tracking method Shake-The-Box (STB) and, subsequently, the data assimilation method FlowFit3 have been applied to measure the flow field in a narrow wall-parallel volume inside the nearwall region of a zero-pressure-gradient (ZPG) turbulent boundary layer (TBL) flow at various Reynolds numbers. The STB experiments have been conducted in the 1m- wind tunnel facility of DLR in Göttingen at relatively high particle image densities (~0.07 ppp) using µm-sized DEHS particles and high-repetition pulse laser at up to 38.1 kHz. The results show that the chosen methodology is able to volumetrically resolve almost all features of the flow inside the viscous sub-, buffer- and lower logarithmic- layer in space and time at Reynolds numbers up to Re θ = 5,455. The gained data consists of time-series of spatially well resolved 3D velocity, acceleration and pressure fields, as well as a huge amount of long Lagrangian particle trajectories. Selecting the viscous sublayer part of the measurement volume provides time-series of the 2D distribution of both components of the instantaneous wall-shear stresses w,x/z . The resulting data are used for conditional and time-resolved 3D analyses of coherent structures, rare (e.g. back flow) events and two-point space-timecorrelations.

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