Characteristics of low-speed streaks and vortex structures in drag-reduced turbulent channel flow investigated by stereoscopic PIV

Feng Chen Li, Takehiko Segawa, Yasuo Kawaguchi, Koichi Hishida

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In the present study, we employed stereoscopic particle image velocimetry (SPIV) to investigate the characteristics of turbulence structures in a drag-reduced turbulent channel flow with addition of surfactant. The tested drag-reducing fluid was a CTAC (cetyltrimethyl ammonium chloride)/NaSal/Water system maintained at 25°C, having a 30-ppm concentration of CTAC. SPIV measurement was performed for a water flow (Re = 1.1×105) and a CTAC solution flow (Re = 1.5×105 with 54% drag reduction) in both the streamwise-spanwise and wall-normal-spanwise planes, respectively. A series of wall-normal vortex cores were found to align with the low-speed streaks with opposite vorticity signals at both sides of the streaks and with the vorticity decreased averagely by about one order in CTAC solution flow compared with water flow; the spanwise spacing between the low-speed streaks in the solution flow is increased by about 42%. The streamwise vorticity of the vortex cores appearing in the wall-normal-spanwise plane was also decreased by the use of additives.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberIMECE2004-61023
Pages (from-to)855-862
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fluids Engineering Division (Publication) FED
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Dec 1
Event2004 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2004 - Anaheim, CA, United States
Duration: 2004 Nov 132004 Nov 19


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