Experimental study of drag-reduction mechanism for a dilute surfactant solution flow

Feng Chen Li, Yasuo Kawaguchi, Bo Yu, Jin Jia Wei, Koichi Hishida

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Abstract

The quantitative characteristics of vortex structures and turbulent events in turbulent channel flows with and without drag reduction were investigated experimentally. Drag reducing aqueous solutions of CTAC (CTAC - cetyltrimethyl ammonium chloride) with concentration of 25 ppm and 75 ppm at 30 °C were tested. Particle image velocimetry (PIV) was used to measure the instantaneous velocity field in the streamwise-wall-normal plane of the flow. Through visualizing the instantaneous vector fields, contour maps of the swirling strength and instantaneous value of uv (u and v are the streamwise and wall-normal velocity fluctuations, respectively), the characteristic angle of vortex packets was quantified. It was shown that the drag-reducing CTAC additive reduced both the strength and frequency of turbulent bursts near the wall, and the characteristics of vortex structures and bursts were not only dependent on drag-reduction level but also on concentration of additive. From the quantified parameters characterizing turbulent events in a wall-bounded turbulent flow, it was obtained that fT was linearly proportional to the product of frequency and strength of turbulent events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)835-843
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Volume51
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Feb

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Keywords

  • Channel flow
  • Drag reduction
  • PIV
  • Surfactant solution
  • Turbulent events

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  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Energy(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Experimental study of drag-reduction mechanism for a dilute surfactant solution flow. / Li, Feng Chen; Kawaguchi, Yasuo; Yu, Bo; Wei, Jin Jia; Hishida, Koichi.

In: International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 51, No. 3-4, 02.2008, p. 835-843.

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Li, Feng Chen ; Kawaguchi, Yasuo ; Yu, Bo ; Wei, Jin Jia ; Hishida, Koichi. / Experimental study of drag-reduction mechanism for a dilute surfactant solution flow. In: International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. 2008 ; Vol. 51, No. 3-4. pp. 835-843.
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