Optimal Control of Shock Wave Turbulent Boundary Layer Interactions Using Micro-Array Actuation
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Anderson, Bernhard H.; Tinapple, Jon; Surber, Lewis
2006-01-01
The intent of this study on micro-array flow control is to demonstrate the viability and economy of Response Surface Methodology (RSM) to determine optimal designs of micro-array actuation for controlling the shock wave turbulent boundary layer interactions within supersonic inlets and compare these concepts to conventional bleed performance. The term micro-array refers to micro-actuator arrays which have heights of 25 to 40 percent of the undisturbed supersonic boundary layer thickness. This study covers optimal control of shock wave turbulent boundary layer interactions using standard micro-vane, tapered micro-vane, and standard micro-ramp arrays at a free stream Mach number of 2.0. The effectiveness of the three micro-array devices was tested using a shock pressure rise induced by the 10 shock generator, which was sufficiently strong as to separate the turbulent supersonic boundary layer. The overall design purpose of the micro-arrays was to alter the properties of the supersonic boundary layer by introducing a cascade of counter-rotating micro-vortices in the near wall region. In this manner, the impact of the shock wave boundary layer (SWBL) interaction on the main flow field was minimized without boundary bleed.
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Avery, D. E.
1978-01-01
An experimental heat-transfer investigation was conducted on two staggered arrays of metallic tiles in laminar and turbulent boundary layers. This investigation was conducted for two purposes. The impingement heating distribution where flow in a longitudinal gap intersects a transverse gap and impinges on a downstream blocking tile was defined. The influence of tile and gap geometries was analyzed to develop empirical relationships for impingement heating in laminar and turbulent boundary layers. Tests were conducted in a high temperature structures tunnel at a nominal Mach number of 7, a nominal total temperature of 1800 K, and free-stream unit Reynolds numbers from 1.0 x 10 million to 4.8 x 10 million per meter. The test results were used to assess the impingement heating effects produced by parameters that include gap width, longitudinal gap length, slope of the tile forward-facing wall, boundary-layer displacement thickness, Reynolds number, and local surface pressure.
Thermal stratification effects on a 4x3 wind turbine array boundary layer
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Camp, Elizabeth; Tutkun, Murat; Cal, Raul Bayoan
2012-11-01
Efforts have intensified to investigate the effects of thermal stratification on wind turbine performance from a fluid mechanics the perspective. Recently, it has been shown that power production is highly dependent on the temperature variation of the atmospheric turbulent boundary layer. Hence, flow within a 4 × 3 turbine array is studied under neutral, unstable and stable thermal stratification regimes. The flow upstream of the model wind turbine array was modified using an active grid, strakes, roughness elements, and thermally controlled floor panels. In this wind tunnel experiment, the mean velocities, Reynolds stresses, and trends in Cp curves were measured along the centerline of the array using Particle Image Velocimetry in conjunction with torque sensors. The measurements consequently yield the flow development as well as the differences produced by the thermal effects within the array. This work is funded by the National Science Foundation grants CBET-1034581 and ECCS-1032647 as well as Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University.
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Loitsianskii. L. G.
1956-01-01
The fundamental, practically the most important branch of the modern mechanics of a viscous fluid or a gas, is that branch which concerns itself with the study of the boundary layer. The presence of a boundary layer accounts for the origin of the resistance and lift force, the breakdown of the smooth flow about bodies, and other phenomena that are associated with the motion of a body in a real fluid. The concept of boundary layer was clearly formulated by the founder of aerodynamics, N. E. Joukowsky, in his well-known work "On the Form of Ships" published as early as 1890. In his book "Theoretical Foundations of Air Navigation," Joukowsky gave an account of the most important properties of the boundary layer and pointed out the part played by it in the production of the resistance of bodies to motion. The fundamental differential equations of the motion of a fluid in a laminar boundary layer were given by Prandtl in 1904; the first solutions of these equations date from 1907 to 1910. As regards the turbulent boundary layer, there does not exist even to this day any rigorous formulation of this problem because there is no closed system of equations for the turbulent motion of a fluid. Soviet scientists have done much toward developing a general theory of the boundary layer, and in that branch of the theory which is of greatest practical importance at the present time, namely the study of the boundary layer at large velocities of the body in a compressed gas, the efforts of the scientists of our country have borne fruit in the creation of a new theory which leaves far behind all that has been done previously in this direction. We shall herein enumerate the most important results by Soviet scientists in the development of the theory of the boundary layer.
Experimental Study of Boundary Layer Flow Control Using an Array of Ramp-Shaped Vortex Generators
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Hirt, Stefanie M.; Zaman, Khairul B.M.Q.; Bencic, Tomothy J.
2012-01-01
The objective of this study was to obtain a database on the flowfield past an array of vortex generators (VGs) in a turbulent boundary layer. All testing was carried out in a low speed wind tunnel with a flow velocity of 29 ft/sec, giving a Reynolds number of 17,500 based on the width of the VG. The flowfield generated by an array of five ramp-shaped vortex generators was examined with hot wire anemometry and smoke flow visualization. The magnitude and extent of the velocity increase near the wall, the penetration of the velocity deficit into the core flow, and the peak streamwise vorticity are examined. Influence of various parameters on the effectiveness of the array is considered on the basis of the ability to pull high momentum fluid into the near wall region.
The structure and development of streamwise vortex arrays embedded in a turbulent boundary layer
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Wendt, Bruce J.; Greber, Isaac; Hingst, Warren R.
1992-01-01
The results of an experimental investigation of the structure and development of streamwise vortices embedded in a turbulent boundary layer are presented. Measurements of secondary velocity in the crossplane are used to characterize the vortex array structure. Measurements in the crossplane at two streamwise locations characterize the influence of interactions among the vortices on the array structure when the initial spacing between vortices is varied. Evidence of the merging of counter-rotating cores is found in embedded arrays of closely spaced vortices. A model of vortex interaction and development is constructed from the experimental results. This model is based on the structure of the two dimensional Ossen vortex. The decay of vortex circulation due to the merging of the cores is correlated with the crossplane gradient in streamwise vorticity occurring between an embedded vortex and its adjacent counter-rotating neighbors.
Boundary Layer Flow Control by an Array of Ramp-Shaped Vortex Generators
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Zaman, K. B. M. Q.; Hirt, S. M.; Bencic, T. J.
2012-01-01
Flow field survey results for the effect of ramp-shaped vortex generators (VG) on a turbulent boundary layer are presented. The experiments are carried out in a low-speed wind tunnel and the data are acquired primarily by hot-wire anemometry. Distributions of mean velocity and turbulent stresses as well as streamwise vorticity, on cross-sectional planes at various downstream locations, are obtained. These detailed flow field properties, including the boundary layer characteristics, are documented with the primary objective of aiding possible computational investigations. The results show that VG orientation with apex upstream, that produces a downwash directly behind it, yields a stronger pair of streamwise vortices. This is in contrast to the case with apex downstream that produces a pair of vortices of opposite sense. Thus, an array of VG s with the former orientation, usually considered for film-cooling application, may also be superior for mixing enhancement and boundary layer separation control. (See CASI ID 20120009374 for Supplemental CD-ROM.)
Boundary Layer Flow Control by an Array of Ramp-Shaped Vortex Generators
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Zaman, K. B. M. Q.; Hirt, S. M.; Bencic, T. J.
2012-01-01
Flow field survey results for the effect of ramp-shaped vortex generators (VG) on a turbulent boundary layer are presented. The experiments are carried out in a low-speed wind tunnel and the data are acquired primarily by hot-wire anemometry. Distributions of mean velocity and turbulent stresses as well as streamwise vorticity, on cross-sectional planes at various downstream locations, are obtained. These detailed flow field properties, including the boundary layer characteristics, are documented with the primary objective of aiding possible computational investigations. The results show that VG orientation with apex upstream, that produces a downwash directly behind it, yields a stronger pair of streamwise vortices. This is in contrast to the case with apex downstream that produces a pair of vortices of opposite sense. Thus, an array of VG s with the former orientation, usually considered for film-cooling application, may also be superior for mixing enhancement and boundary layer separation control. The data files can be found on a supplemental CD.
Stability Analysis of Roughness Array Wake in a High-Speed Boundary Layer
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Choudhari, Meelan; Li, Fei; Edwards, Jack
2009-01-01
Computations are performed to examine the effects of both an isolated and spanwise periodic array of trip elements on a high-speed laminar boundary layer, so as to identify the potential physical mechanisms underlying an earlier transition to turbulence as a result of the trip(s). In the context of a 0.333 scale model of the Hyper-X forebody configuration, the time accurate solution for an array of ramp shaped trips asymptotes to a stationary field at large times, indicating the likely absence of a strong absolute instability in the mildly separated flow due to the trips. A prominent feature of the wake flow behind the trip array corresponds to streamwise streaks that are further amplified in passing through the compression corner. Stability analysis of the streaks using a spatial, 2D eigenvalue approach reveals the potential for a strong convective instability that might explain the earlier onset of turbulence within the array wake. The dominant modes of streak instability are primarily sustained by the spanwise gradients associated with the streaks and lead to integrated logarithmic amplification factors (N factors) approaching 7 over the first ramp of the scaled Hyper-X forebody, and substantially higher over the second ramp. Additional computations are presented to shed further light on the effects of both trip geometry and the presence of a compression corner on the evolution of the streaks.
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Allaerts, Dries; Meyers, Johan
2015-06-01
Under conventionally neutral conditions, the boundary layer is frequently capped by an inversion layer, which counteracts vertical entrainment of kinetic energy. Very large wind farms are known to depend on vertical entrainment to transport energy from above the farm towards the turbines. In this study, large eddy simulations of an infinite wind-turbine array in a conventionally neutral atmospheric boundary layer are performed. By carefully selecting the initial potential-temperature profile, the influence of the height and the strength of a capping inversion on the power output of a wind farm is investigated. Results indicate that both the height and the strength have a significant effect on the boundary layer flow, and that the height of the neutral boundary layer is effectively controlled by the capping inversion. In addition, it is shown that the vertical entrainment rate decreases for increasing inversion strength or height. In our infinite wind-farm simulations, varying the inversion characteristics leads to differences in power extraction on the order of 13% ± 0.2% (for increasing the strength from 2.5 to 10 K), and 31% ± 0.4% (for increasing the height from 500 to 1500 m). A detailed analysis of the mean kinetic-energy equation is included, showing that the variation in power extraction originates from the work done by the driving pressure gradient related to the boundary layer height and the geostrophic angle, while entrainment of kinetic energy from the free atmosphere does not play a significant role. Also, the effect of inversion strength on power extraction is energetically not related to different amounts of energy entrained, but explained by a difference in boundary layer growth, leading to higher boundary layers for lower inversion strengths. We further present a simple analytical model that allows to obtain wind-farm power output and driving power for the fully developed regime as function of Rossby number and boundary layer height.
Boundary-Layer Receptivity to Three-Dimensional Roughness Arrays on a Swept-Wing
Hunt, Lauren Elizabeth
2012-02-14
On-going efforts to reduce aircraft drag through transition delay focus on understanding the process of boundary-layer transition from a physics-based perspective. For swept-wings subject to transition dominated by a ...
A 1.3 GHz active phased array antenna for wind profiling boundary layer radar
Kazushi Nishizawa; H. Miyashita; T. Wakayama; T. Matsuda; H. Hashiguchi; S. Fukao
2003-01-01
To prevent weather disaster caused by a downpour and a heavy snowfall, there is growing to need for spatial and automatic improving observation systems in weather conditions. The atmospheric boundary layer radar (BLR) [H. Hashiguchi et al, 1995] is one of wind profiling radars that measure wind directions and velocities from the Doppler shifts of weak reflections (clear-air echoes) along
Streamwise development of the wind turbine boundary layer over a model wind turbine array
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Newman, Jensen; Lebron, Jose; Meneveau, Charles; Castillo, Luciano
2013-08-01
The streamwise development of turbulence statistics and mean kinetic energy in a model wind farm consisting of 3 × 5 wind turbines is studied experimentally in a wind tunnel. The analysis uses planar Particle Image Velocimetry data obtained at the centerline plane of the wind farm, covering the inflow as well as four planes in between five downstream wind turbines. The data analysis is organized by dividing these measurement planes into three regions: the above-rotor, rotor-swept, and below-rotor regions. For each field, flow development is quantified using a properly defined relative difference norm based on an integration over each of the regions. Using this norm, it is found that the mean streamwise velocity approaches a fully developed state most rapidly, whereas the flow development is more gradual for the second-order statistics. The vertical entrainment flux of the mean kinetic energy by the Reynolds shear stress, ?U??u'v'?, is observed to develop at a rate similar to that of the Reynolds shear stress rather than the mean streamwise velocity component. Its development is slowest in the layer nearest to the ground. Analysis of various terms in the mean kinetic energy equation shows that the wind turbine boundary layer has not yet reached fully developed conditions by the fifth turbine but that it is approaching such conditions. By comparing the vertical entrainment flux with the horizontal flux due to the mean flow, it is found that the former increases, whereas the latter decreases, as function of downstream distance, but that the former is already an important contributor in the developing region.
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Dolder, Craig N.; Haberman, Michael R.; Tinney, Charles E.
2012-04-01
To capture the full spectrum of the fluctuating wall pressure beneath a turbulent boundary layer (TBL) provides a unique challenge in transducer design. This paper discusses the design, construction and testing of an array of surface-mounted piezoelectric ceramic elements with the goal of having both the spatial resolution and the frequency bandwidth to accurately sense the low-frequency, low-wavenumber events beneath a TBL at moderately low Reynolds numbers. The array is constructed from twenty 1.27 cm tall prismatic rods with 0.18 cm × 0.16 cm cross-section made of Navy type II piezoelectric ceramic material. Calibration was performed by comparing the response of a Navy H56 precision-calibrated hydrophone to the outputs of each element on the array for a given input from a Navy J9 projector. The elements show an average sensitivity of -184 dB (re: 1 V ?Pa-1) and are assembled with a centre-to-centre spacing of 0.2 cm. Measurements of the fluctuating wall pressure below a 2d TBL with Reynolds numbers (based on momentum thickness) ranging from 2100 to 4300 show that the dimensions of the elements are between 64 and 107 viscous length units, respectively. A spatial and temporal footprint of the fluctuating wall pressure reveals convective speeds averaging 75% of the free stream velocity.
The Atmospheric Boundary Layer
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Tennekes, Hendrik
1974-01-01
Discusses some important parameters of the boundary layer and effects of turbulence on the circulation and energy dissipation of the atmosphere. Indicates that boundary-layer research plays an important role in long-term forecasting and the study of air-pollution meteorology. (CC)
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Sescu, A.; Meneveau, C. V.
2012-12-01
Recent LES studies of the interaction between neutral atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) and infinitely large arrays of wind turbines have led to derivations of new similarity relations within the surface layer. A similar analysis in non-neutral conditions is not trivial, since achieving statistically stationary conditions in LES is challenging. For example, the heat flux at the ground forces vertical profiles of mean temperature to vary significantly over time. The focus of this work is on using an artificial heat source or sink, in a region located above ABL, that maintains the overall temperature field inside the ABL stationary. This goal is achieved by using a PI control algorithm, designed to keep constant the initial horizontally averaged temperature at a specified height and above. Another controller is used to drive the flow within the ABL, causing the mean velocity to achieve a prescribed direction at a specified height. This is done by controlling a source term in the momentum equations. This term is deactivated once the flow becomes statistically stationary and the geostrophic wind aligns with the desired direction at a given height. A suite of simulations at various resolutions, with and without wind turbines, and with different levels of thermal stratification are presented to test the effectiveness of the control algorithm. Streamwise velocity contours in unstable ABL interacting with 24 wind turbines. Streamwise velocity contours in stable ABL interacting with 24 wind turbines.
MEMS Pressure Sensor Array for Aeroacoustic Analysis of the Turbulent Boundary Layer
White, Robert D.
, and characterization of a surface micromachined, front-vented, 64 channel (8×8), capacitively sensed pressure sensor was fabricated using the MEMSCAP polyMUMPs R process, a three layer polysilicon surface micromachining process on them [6, 7, 8]. Most pressure sensors are developed for auditory applications, biomed- ical ultrasound
Parabolic - hyperbolic boundary layer
Monica De Angelis
2012-07-09
A boundary value problem related to a parabolic higher order operator with a small parameter is analized. When the small parameter tends to zero, the reduced operator is hyperbolic. When t tends to infinity a parabolic hyperbolic boundary layer appears. In this paper a rigorous asymptotic approximation uniformly valid for all t is established.
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Zong, Zhaowang
A novel electrochromic thin film transistor (EC-TFT) was fabricated and characterized in this work. This concept relies on ion transport to control gating. The channel material is tungsten oxide (WOx), produced by reactive magnetron sputtering. In its oxidized state WO3 is a transparent, wide band gap insulator (> 3 eV). However upon intercalation of light ions (H+, Li+) the material becomes both electrically conducting and opaque to visible light. This allows the EC-TFT to generate a complementary optical response. We optimized the fabrication of individual layers of the EC-TFT, and found that controlling the stoichiometry of WOx is a key step. Using RF magnetron sputtering, it was found that there is a narrow window to obtain material capable of reversible switching. Fully oxidized films proved it is difficult to intercalate ions efficiently. In contrast, insufficient oxygen produced films that were always in a metallic like state. Best results were obtained with the sputter power set at 200 W using O2 fractions of 42%-46% in argon. In the preliminary studies, the device was tested in a two-step fashion. First, devices were placed in solution and cyclic voltammetry was used to set the level of ion intercalation. Samples were then removed from the electrolyte, dried, and the source/drain current was measured on a probe station. This demonstrated the concept of the EC-TFT, showing that the transistor could be turned on and off reversely with a current ratio of Ion/Ioff ~ 1000, and showed significant color change during the intercalation. However, the conductivity in off state was too high to be a promising transistor, the two step approach made the data rather noisy, it was difficult to make good contacts and this was not an in situ measurement. In order to get the in situ measurement, macrodevices with large electrodes were fabricated and characterized, which made it easier to make electrical contacts. However, after the initial cycle the macrodevices were always in on state and could not be turned off because of the dielectric. In addition, it showed no significant color change. The top source/drain structure showed similar behavior as the bottom configuration. It was found that in these configurations the supply of electrons was insufficient to allow intercalation, and permanent defects in the Al2O3 dielectric developed to compensate. To address these issues, 3-terminal devices were fabricated and characterized simultaneously. These devices showed similar behaviors with the preliminary 2-step device. The IDS increased with decreasing gate biasing with a low threshold voltage -0.8 V. In addition, we observed the color changing. However, the conduction through the electrolyte resulted very low on/off ratio (<5). In conclusion, it is the conduction through the electrolyte contributes to the low on/off ratio.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Meneveau, Charles; Sescu, Adrian
2013-04-01
In recent years, various large eddy simulation (LES) studies of interactions between the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) and infinitely large arrays of wind turbines have been performed in neutral conditions, and new models for the effective roughness length have been developed. The analysis relied on observations of long-time averaged vertical profiles of mean flow and turbulent fluxes. The extension to thermally stratified ABL, which is the main objective of the present study, turns out to be challenging since the heat flux at the ground determines the vertical profiles of mean temperature to be time-dependent. To achieve a stationary temperature profile, an artificial source of heat, providing the amount of heat necessary to keep the overall temperature field stationary, is applied within a fringe region located above the ABL. A PI controller is used to update the appropriate amount of heat inside the source region. To keep the mean flow direction perpendicular to the wind turbine rotor, as required by the actuator disk model, another controller is used to drive the flow within ABL, causing the mean velocity to achieve a prescribed direction at a specified height. A suite of LES at various mesh resolutions and various levels of thermal stratification are carried out, and the profiles of horizontally averaged velocity, temperature and turbulent fluxes, with and without wind turbines, are compared with each other. In stable conditions, the trends of the turbulent heat flux are quite consistent with the neutral case, showing an increase when wind turbines are included, but in unstable conditions the turbulent heat flux decreases with increasing stratification. (Financial support provided by the National Science Foundation, NSF-AGS-109758.)
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Wendt, Bruce J.; Greber, Isaac; Hingst, Warren R.
1991-01-01
An investigation of the structure and development of streamwise vortices embedded in a turbulent boundary layer was conducted. The vortices were generated by a single spanwise row of rectangular vortex generator blades. A single embedded vortex was examined, as well as arrays of embedded counter rotating vortices produced by equally spaced vortex generators. Measurements of the secondary velocity field in the crossplane provided the basis for characterization of vortex structure. Vortex structure was characterized by four descriptors. The center of each vortex core was located at the spanwise and normal position of peak streamwise vorticity. Vortex concentration was characterized by the magnitude of the peak streamwise vorticity, and the vortex strength by its circulation. Measurements of the secondary velocity field were conducted at two crossplane locations to examine the streamwise development of the vortex arrays. Large initial spacings of the vortex generators produced pairs of strong vortices which tended to move away from the wall region while smaller spacings produced tight arrays of weak vortices close to the wall. A model of vortex interaction and development is constructed using the experimental results. The model is based on the structure of the Oseen Vortex. Vortex trajectories are modelled by including the convective effects of neighbors.
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Costigliola, V.
2010-09-01
It has long been known that specific atmospheric processes, such as weather and longer-term climatic fluctuations, affect human health. The biometeorological literature refers to this relationship as meteorotropism, defined as a change in an organism that is correlated with a change in atmospheric conditions. Plenty of (patho)physiological functions are affected by those conditions - like the respiratory diseases - and currently it is difficult to put any limits for pathologies developed in reply. Nowadays the importance of atmospheric boundary layer and health is increasingly recognised. A number of epidemiologic studies have reported associations between ambient concentrations of air pollution, specifically particulate pollution, and adverse health effects, even at the relatively low concentrations of pollution found. Since 1995 there have been over twenty-one studies from four continents that have explicitly examined the association between ambient air pollutant mixes and daily mortality. Statistically significant and positive associations have been reported in data from various locations around the world, all with varying air pollutant concentrations, weather conditions, population characteristics and public health policies. Particular role has been given to atmospheric boundary layer processes, the impact of which for specific patient-cohort is, however, not well understood till now. Assessing and monitoring air quality are thus fundamental to improve Europe's welfare. One of current projects run by the "European Medical Association" - PASODOBLE will develop and demonstrate user-driven downstream information services for the regional and local air quality sectors by combining space-based and in-situ data with models in 4 thematic service lines: - Health community support for hospitals, pharmacies, doctors and people at risk - Public information for regions, cities, tourist industry and sporting event organizers - Compliance monitoring support on particulate matter for regional environmental agencies - Local forecast model evaluation support for local authorities and city bodies. Giving value to the above listed aspects, PASODOBLE objectives are following: - Evolution of existing and development of new sustainable air quality services for Europe on regional and local scales - Development and testing of a generic service framework for coordinated input data acquisition and customizable user-friendly access to services - Utilization of multiple cycles of delivery, use and assessment versus requirements and market planning in cooperation with users - Promotion and harmonisation of best practise tools for air quality communities. Further European multidisciplinary projects should be created to better understand the most prevalent atmospheric factors to be impacted in predictive, preventive and personalised medicine considered as the central concept for future medicine.
THE MARTIAN ATMOSPHERIC BOUNDARY LAYER
Spiga, Aymeric
THE MARTIAN ATMOSPHERIC BOUNDARY LAYER A. Petrosyan,1 B. Galperin,2 S. E. Larsen,3 S. R. Lewis,4 A September 2011. [1] The planetary boundary layer (PBL) represents the part of the atmosphere the atmosphere and the surface. On Mars, this represents the lowest 10 km of the atmosphere during the daytime
Boundary-layer moisture regimes
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Mahrt, L.
1991-01-01
Boundary-layer moisture fluctuations are estimated by analyzing HAPEX and FIFE data collected on 52 aircraft flight legs. Moisture fluctuations were given considerable attention in the HAPEX flights, which were 120 km long, and flew 150 m over one area of homogeneous terrain. The repetitions permit statistical consideration of motion characteristics on horizontal scales. Two prototypical boundary layer regimes are discovered: the entrainment-drying boundary layer, and the moistening boundary layer. The latter demonstrates positive moisture skewness close to the surface related to high surface evaporation. The former is characterized by boundary-layer instability, weak surface evaporation, and drier air aloft, leading to unexpected negative moisture skewness. It is noted that 10 km moisture variations with horizontal gradients are often found in narrow zones of horizontal convergence, called mesoscale moisture fronts. A negative moisture to temperature correlation, due to surface energy budget inhomogeneity, is shown to incur large mesoscale variations of relative humidity.
Removing Boundary Layer by Suction
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Ackeret, J
1927-01-01
Through the utilization of the "Magnus effect" on the Flettner rotor ship, the attention of the public has been directed to the underlying physical principle. It has been found that the Prandtl boundary-layer theory furnishes a satisfactory explanation of the observed phenomena. The present article deals with the prevention of this separation or detachment of the flow by drawing the boundary layer into the inside of a body through a slot or slots in its surface.
Atmospheric Boundary Layer (ABL) Spring 2015
Collett Jr., Jeffrey L.
ATS 623 Atmospheric Boundary Layer (ABL) Spring 2015 Tues and Thurs 9 a.m. (2 contact hours per@atmos.colostate.edu) Course notes: Atmospheric Boundary Layer Notes (2015) by Richard H. Johnson (available online at http · Schlichting (1960) BoundaryLayer Theory · Sorbjan (1989) Structure of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer
Physics of magnetospheric boundary layers
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Cairns, Iver H.
1995-01-01
This final report was concerned with the ideas that: (1) magnetospheric boundary layers link disparate regions of the magnetosphere-solar wind system together; and (2) global behavior of the magnetosphere can be understood only by understanding its internal linking mechanisms and those with the solar wind. The research project involved simultaneous research on the global-, meso-, and micro-scale physics of the magnetosphere and its boundary layers, which included the bow shock, the magnetosheath, the plasma sheet boundary layer, and the ionosphere. Analytic, numerical, and simulation projects were performed on these subjects, as well as comparisons of theoretical results with observational data. Other related activity included in the research included: (1) prediction of geomagnetic activity; (2) global MHD (magnetohydrodynamic) simulations; (3) Alfven resonance heating; and (4) Critical Ionization Velocity (CIV) effect. In the appendixes are list of personnel involved, list of papers published; and reprints or photocopies of papers produced for this report.
Boundary layer simulator (BLIMPJ) improvement
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Praharaj, S. C.; Schmitz, C. P.
1987-01-01
Improvements were made to advance the current Boundary Layer Integral Matrix Procedure - Version J (BLIMPJ) containing previously modeled simplified calculation methods accounting for surface roughness, relaminarization, and thick boundary layer effects. These improvements have potential applications in the design of the future Orbit Transfer Vehicles (OTV) engines. The coded wall roughness module was validated successfully against measured data from the LeRC 60-15 degree half-angle conical nozzle. The relaminarization model was modified to include wall cooling and roughness based on a set of test data from the same nozzle. The model was compared against typical data sets for validation in different flow regimes. The thrust loss calculation for thick boundary layer effects was computerized where the iterations between TDK and BLIMPJ proceeded automatically until convergence was achieved. An example is given for a typical OTV nozzle with an area ratio 1293.
Boundary Layer Transition on X-43A
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Berry, Scott; Daryabeigi, Kamran; Wurster, Kathryn; Bittner, Robert
2008-01-01
The successful Mach 7 and 10 flights of the first fully integrated scramjet propulsion systems by the Hyper-X (X-43A) program have provided the means with which to verify the original design methodologies and assumptions. As part of Hyper-X s propulsion-airframe integration, the forebody was designed to include a spanwise array of vortex generators to promote boundary layer transition ahead of the engine. Turbulence at the inlet is thought to provide the most reliable engine design and allows direct scaling of flight results to groundbased data. Pre-flight estimations of boundary layer transition, for both Mach 7 and 10 flight conditions, suggested that forebody boundary layer trips were required to ensure fully turbulent conditions upstream of the inlet. This paper presents the results of an analysis of the thermocouple measurements used to infer the dynamics of the transition process during the trajectories for both flights, on both the lower surface (to assess trip performance) and the upper surface (to assess natural transition). The approach used in the analysis of the thermocouple data is outlined, along with a discussion of the calculated local flow properties that correspond to the transition events as identified in the flight data. The present analysis has confirmed that the boundary layer trips performed as expected for both flights, providing turbulent flow ahead of the inlet during critical portions of the trajectory, while the upper surface was laminar as predicted by the pre-flight analysis.
Physics of magnetospheric boundary layers
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Cairns, I. H.
1993-01-01
The central ideas of this grant are that the magnetospheric boundary layers link disparate regions of the magnetosphere together, and the global behavior of the magnetosphere can be understood only by understanding the linking mechanisms. Accordingly the present grant includes simultaneous research on the global, meso-, and micro-scale physics of the magnetosphere and its boundary layers. These boundary layers include the bow shock, magnetosheath, the plasma sheet boundary layer, and the ionosphere. Analytic, numerical and simulation projects have been performed on these subjects, as well as comparison of theoretical results with observational data. Very good progress has been made, with four papers published or in press and two additional papers submitted for publication during the six month period 1 June - 30 November 1993. At least two projects are currently being written up. In addition, members of the group have given papers at scientific meetings. The further structure of this report is as follows: section two contains brief accounts of research completed during the last six months, while section three describes the research projects intended for the grant's final period.
Effect of Boundary Layer Thickness and Entropy Layer on Boundary Layer Combustion
R. M. Kirchhartz; D. J. Mee; R. J. Stalker
This project investigates the possibilities of scramjet combustor performance enhancement by reducing the skin friction through boundary layer combustion. Experiments were conducted in the T4 Stalker tube to investigate the influence of boundary layer thickness and entropy layers on the ignition of a hydrogen air mixture near the wall of a constant area duct. The hydrogen was injected tangentially from
Jupiter's deep magnetotail boundary layer
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Nicolaou, G.; McComas, D. J.; Bagenal, F.; Elliott, H. A.; Ebert, R. W.
2015-06-01
In 2007 the New Horizons (NH) spacecraft flew by Jupiter for a gravity assist en route to Pluto. After closest approach on day of year (DOY) 58, 2007, NH followed a tailward trajectory that provided a unique opportunity to explore the deep jovian magnetotail and the surrounding magnetosheath. After DOY 132, 16 magnetopause crossings were observed between 1654 and 2429 Jupiter radii (Rj) along the dusk flank tailward of the planet. In some cases the crossings were identified as rapid transitions from the magnetotail to the magnetosheath and vice versa. In other cases a boundary layer was observed just inside the magnetopause. Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP) is an instrument on board NH that obtained spectra of low energy ions during the flyby period. We use a forward model including the SWAP instrument response to derive plasma parameters (density, temperature and velocity) which best reproduce the observations. We also vary the plasma parameters in our model in order to fit the observations more accurately on occasions where the measurements exhibit significant variability. We compare the properties of the plasma in the boundary layer with those of the magnetosheath plasma derived in our earlier work. We attempt to estimate the magnetic field in the boundary layer assuming pressure balance between it and the magnetosheath. Finally, we investigate several possible scenarios to assess if magnetopause movement and structure could cause the variations seen in the data.
Tropical cyclone boundary layer shocks
Slocum, Christopher J; Taft, Richard K; Schubert, Wayne H
2014-01-01
This paper presents numerical solutions and idealized analytical solutions of axisymmetric, $f$-plane models of the tropical cyclone boundary layer. In the numerical model, the boundary layer radial and tangential flow is forced by a specified pressure field, which can also be interpreted as a specified gradient balanced tangential wind field $v_{\\rm gr}(r)$ or vorticity field $\\zeta_{\\rm gr}(r)$. When the specified $\\zeta_{\\rm gr}(r)$ field is changed from one that is radially concentrated in the inner core to one that is radially spread, the quasi-steady-state boundary layer flow transitions from a single eyewall shock-like structure to a double eyewall shock-like structure. To better understand these structures, analytical solutions are presented for two simplified versions of the model. In the simplified analytical models, which do not include horizontal diffusion, the $u(\\partial u/\\partial r)$ term in the radial equation of motion and the $u[f+(\\partial v/\\partial r)+(v/r)]$ term in the tangential equat...
Compressible turbulent boundary layer interaction experiments
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Settles, G. S.; Bogdonoff, S. M.
1981-01-01
Four phases of research results are reported: (1) experiments on the compressible turbulent boundary layer flow in a streamwise corner; (2) the two dimensional (2D) interaction of incident shock waves with a compressible turbulent boundary layer; (3) three dimensional (3D) shock/boundary layer interactions; and (4) cooperative experiments at Princeton and numerical computations at NASA-Ames.
Novel parameterisations in the boundary layer
Plant, Robert
Novel parameterisations in the boundary layer Bob Plant Department of Meteorology, University with the boundary layer: perspectives from ensemble forecasting Novel parameterisations in the boundary layer p.1 Mesoscale modelling if l and turbulence is sub-filter Terra incognita where l Wyngaard 2004 Novel
Outline of research on oscillating boundary layers
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Cousteix, J.
1979-01-01
The state of the art in the field of unsteady boundary layers is outlined with emphasis on turbulent boundary layers. The unsteady flows considered are mainly periodic with the external velocity varying around a zero or nonzero mean time value. The principal results obtained on laminar boundary layers are also presented.
An Innovative Flow-Measuring Device: Thermocouple Boundary Layer Rake
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Hwang, Danny P.; Fralick, Gustave C.; Martin, Lisa C.; Wrbanek, John D.; Blaha, Charles A.
2001-01-01
An innovative flow-measuring device, a thermocouple boundary layer rake, was developed. The sensor detects the flow by using a thin-film thermocouple (TC) array to measure the temperature difference across a heater strip. The heater and TC arrays are microfabricated on a constant-thickness quartz strut with low heat conductivity. The device can measure the velocity profile well into the boundary layer, about 65 gm from the surface, which is almost four times closer to the surface than has been possible with the previously used total pressure tube.
Nonequilibrium chemistry boundary layer integral matrix procedure
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Tong, H.; Buckingham, A. C.; Morse, H. L.
1973-01-01
The development of an analytic procedure for the calculation of nonequilibrium boundary layer flows over surfaces of arbitrary catalycities is described. An existing equilibrium boundary layer integral matrix code was extended to include nonequilibrium chemistry while retaining all of the general boundary condition features built into the original code. For particular application to the pitch-plane of shuttle type vehicles, an approximate procedure was developed to estimate the nonequilibrium and nonisentropic state at the edge of the boundary layer.
Modelling the transitional boundary layer
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Narasimha, R.
1990-01-01
Recent developments in the modelling of the transition zone in the boundary layer are reviewed (the zone being defined as extending from the station where intermittency begins to depart from zero to that where it is nearly unity). The value of using a new non-dimensional spot formation rate parameter, and the importance of allowing for so-called subtransitions within the transition zone, are both stressed. Models do reasonably well in constant pressure 2-dimensional flows, but in the presence of strong pressure gradients further improvements are needed. The linear combination approach works surprisingly well in most cases, but would not be so successful in situations where a purely laminar boundary layer would separate but a transitional one would not. Intermittency-weighted eddy viscosity methods do not predict peak surface parameters well without the introduction of an overshooting transition function whose connection with the spot theory of transition is obscure. Suggestions are made for further work that now appears necessary for developing improved models of the transition zone.
Boundary layer theory and subduction
Fowler, A.C. [Oxford Univ., Oxford (United Kingdom)
1993-12-01
Numerical models of thermally activated convective flow in Earth`s mantle do not resemble active plate tectonics because of their inability to model successfully the process of subduction, other than by the inclusion of artificial weak zones. Here we show, using a boundary layer argument, how the `rigid lid` style of convection favored by thermoviscous fluids leads to lithospheric stresses which may realistically exceed the yield stress and thus cause subduction ot occur through the visoc-plastic failure of lithospheric rock. An explicit criterion for the failure of the lid is given, which is sensitive to the internal viscosity eta(sub a) below the lid. For numbers appropriate to Earth`s mantle, this criterion is approximately eta(sub a) greater than 10(exp 21) Pa s.
Vortex boundary-layer interactions
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Bradshaw, P.
1986-01-01
Parametric studies to identify a vortex generator were completed. Data acquisition in the first chosen configuration, in which a longitudinal vortex pair generated by an isolated delta wing starts to merge with a turbulent boundary layer on a flat plate fairly close to the leading edge is nearly completed. Work on a delta-wing/flat-plate combination, consisting of a flow visualization and hot wire measurements taken with a computer controlled traverse gear and data logging system were completed. Data taking and analysis have continued, and sample results for another cross stream plane are presented. Available data include all mean velocity components, second order mean products of turbulent fluctuations, and third order mean products. Implementation of a faster data logging system was accomplished.
Turbulent boundary layers with secondary flow
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Grushwitz, E.
1984-01-01
An experimental analysis of the boundary layer on a plane wall, along which the flow occurs, whose potential flow lines are curved in plane parallel to the wall is discussed. According to the equation frequently applied to boundary layers in a plane flow, which is usually obtained by using the pulse law, a generalization is derived which is valid for boundary layers with spatial flow. The wall shear stresses were calculated with this equation.
Goertler instability of compressible boundary layers
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El-Hady, N. M.; Verma, A. K.
1984-01-01
The instability of the laminar compressible boundary-layer flows along concave surfaces is investigated. The linearized disturbance equations for the three-dimensional, counter-rotating, longitudinal-type vortices in two-dimensional boundary layers are presented in an orthogonal curvilinear system of coordinates. The basic approximation of the disturbance equations, which includes the effect of the growth of the boundary layer, is considered and solved numerically.
Structure of the low latitude boundary layer
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Sckopke, N.; Paschmann, G.; Haerendel, G.; Sonnerup, B. U. O.; Bame, S. J.; Forbes, T. G.; Hones, E. W., Jr.; Russell, C. T.
1980-01-01
Observations at high temporal resolution of the frontside magnetopause and plasma boundary layer, made with the LASL/MPE fast plasma analyzer onboard the ISEE 1 and 2 spacecraft, revealed a complex quasiperiodic structure of some of the observed boundary layers. A cool tailward streaming boundary layer plasma was seen intermittently, with intervening periods of hot tenuous plasma which has properties similar to the magnetospheric population. While individual encounters with the boundary layer plasma last only a few minutes, the total observation time may extend over one hour or more.
Boundary layers of the earth's outer magnetosphere
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Eastman, T. E.; Frank, L. A.
1984-01-01
The magnetospheric boundary layer and the plasma-sheet boundary layer are the primary boundary layers of the earth's outer magnetosphere. Recent satellite observations indicate that they provide for more than 50 percent of the plasma and energy transport in the outer magnetosphere although they constitute less than 5 percent by volume. Relative to the energy density in the source regions, plasma in the magnetospheric boundary layer is predominantly deenergized whereas plasma in the plasma-sheet boundary layer has been accelerated. The reconnection hypothesis continues to provide a useful framework for comparing data sampled in the highly dynamic magnetospheric environment. Observations of 'flux transfer events' and other detailed features near the boundaries have been recently interpreted in terms of nonsteady-state reconnection. Alternative hypotheses are also being investigated. More work needs to be done, both in theory and observation, to determine whether reconnection actually occurs in the magnetosphere and, if so, whether it is important for overall magnetospheric dynamics.
Turbulent spots in a Stokes boundary layer
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mazzuoli, M.; Vittori, G.; Blondeaux, P.
2011-12-01
The turbulent spots which form in a boundary layer generated by the harmonic oscillations of an incompressible fluid are investigated by numerical means. In order to allow the formation of turbulent spots, the dimensions of the computational box have been increased with respect to previous numerical investigations (Costamagna et al. (2003)). The boundaries of the spots are identified and the speeds of the head, tail, leftmost and rightmost points, are computed. The computed speeds well compare with those measured in steady boundary layers.
LDV measurements of turbulent baroclinic boundary layers
Neuwald, P.; Reichenbach, H. [Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Kurzzeitdynamik - Ernst-Mach-Institut (EMI), Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany); Kuhl, A.L. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., El Segundo, CA (United States)
1993-07-01
Described here are shock tube experiments of nonsteady, turbulent boundary layers with large density variations. A dense-gas layer was created by injecting Freon through the porous floor of the shock tube. As the shock front propagated along the layer, vorticity was created at the air-Freon interface by an inviscid, baroclinic mechanism. Shadow-schlieren photography was used to visualize the turbulent mixing in this baroclinic boundary layer. Laser-Doppler-Velocimetry (LDV) was used to measure the streamwise velocity histories at 14 heights. After transition, the boundary layer profiles may be approximated by a power-law function u {approximately} u{sup {alpha}} where {alpha} {approx_equal} 3/8. This value lies between the clean flat plate value ({alpha} = 1/7) and the dusty boundary layer value ({alpha} {approx_equal} 0.7), and is controlled by the gas density near the wall.
Planetary Boundary Layer Simulation Using TASS
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Schowalter, David G.; DeCroix, David S.; Lin, Yuh-Lang; Arya, S. Pal; Kaplan, Michael
1996-01-01
Boundary conditions to an existing large-eddy simulation model have been changed in order to simulate turbulence in the atmospheric boundary layer. Several options are now available, including the use of a surface energy balance. In addition, we compare convective boundary layer simulations with the Wangara and Minnesota field experiments as well as with other model results. We find excellent agreement of modelled mean profiles of wind and temperature with observations and good agreement for velocity variances. Neutral boundary simulation results are compared with theory and with previously used models. Agreement with theory is reasonable, while agreement with previous models is excellent.
Calculation methods for compressible turbulent boundary layers
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Bushnell, D. M.; Cary, A. M., Jr.; Harris, J. E.
1976-01-01
Calculation procedures for non-reacting compressible two- and three-dimensional turbulent boundary layers were reviewed. Integral, transformation and correlation methods, as well as finite difference solutions of the complete boundary layer equations summarized. Alternative numerical solution procedures were examined, and both mean field and mean turbulence field closure models were considered. Physics and related calculation problems peculiar to compressible turbulent boundary layers are described. A catalog of available solution procedures of the finite difference, finite element, and method of weighted residuals genre is included. Influence of compressibility, low Reynolds number, wall blowing, and pressure gradient upon mean field closure constants are reported.
An Evaluation of Boundary Conditions for Modeling Urban Boundary Layers
Calhoun, R.J.; Chan, S.T.; Lee, R.L.
2000-05-18
Numerical modeling of the urban boundary layer is complicated by the need to describe airflow patterns outside of the computational domain. These patterns have an impact on how successfully the simulation is able to model the turbulence associated with the urban boundary layer. This talk presents experiments with the model boundary conditions for simulations that were done to support two Department of Energy observational programs involving the Salt Lake City basin. The Chemical/Biological Non-proliferation Program (CBNP) is concerned with the effects of buildings on influencing dispersion patterns in urban environments. The Vertical Transport and Mixing Program (VTMX) investigating mixing mechanisms in the stable boundary layer and how they are influenced by the channeling caused by drainage flows or by obstacles such as building complexes. Both of these programs are investigating the turbulent mixing caused by building complexes and other urban obstacles.
Boundary layer flow visualization for flight testing
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Obara, Clifford J.
1986-01-01
Flow visualization is used extensively in flight testing to determine aerodynamic characteristics such as surface flow direction and boundary layer state. Several visualization techniques are available to the aerodynamicist. Two of the most popular are oil flows and sublimating chemicals. Oil is used to visualize boundary layer transition, shock wave location, regions of separated flow, and surface flow direction. Boundary layer transition can also be visualized with sublimating chemicals. A summary of these two techniques is discussed, and the use of sublimating chemicals is examined in some detail. The different modes of boundary layer transition are characterized by different patterns in the sublimating chemical coating. The discussion includes interpretation of these chemical patterns and the temperature and velocity operating limitations of the chemical substances. Information for selection of appropriate chemicals for a desired set of flight conditions is provided.
Glimpses of a wave boundary layer
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Trowbridge, J. H.; Agrawal, Y. C.
1995-10-01
Measurements obtained with a profiling laser-Doppler velocimeter reveal the vertical structure of velocity in a wave boundary layer over a sand beach during two periods of approximately stationary forcing, each with a duration of several hours. The measurements indicate clearly the reduction in variance and the increase in phase, relative to the overlying flow, that are expected in an oscillatory boundary layer. The measurements also indicate a distortion of the mean alongshore velocity within the wave boundary layer, which has previously been predicted theoretically and observed in laboratory experiments. The thickness and structure of the boundary layer are approximately consistent with computations based on an existing eddy viscosity model, and model-based best fit estimates of bottom roughness are approximately consistent with existing semiempirical descriptions of wave-formed sand ripples.
BUBBLE – an Urban Boundary Layer Meteorology Project
M. W. Rotach; R. Vogt; C. Bernhofer; E. Batchvarova; A. Christen; A. Clappier; B. Feddersen; S.-E. Gryning; G. Martucci; H. Mayer; V. Mitev; T. R. Oke; E. Parlow; H. Richner; M. Roth; Y.-A. Roulet; D. Ruffieux; J. A. Salmond; M. Schatzmann; J. A. Voogt
2005-01-01
Summary The Basel UrBan Boundary Layer Experiment (BUBBLE) was a year-long experimental effort to investigate in detail the boundary layer structure in the City of Basel, Switzerland. At several sites over different surface types (urban, sub-urban and rural reference) towers up to at least twice the main obstacle height provided turbulence observations at many levels. In addition, a Wind Profiler
Excitation of Crossflow Instabilities in a Swept Wing Boundary Layer
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Carpenter, Mark H.; Choudhari, Meelan; Li, Fei; Streett, Craig L.; Chang, Chau-Lyan
2010-01-01
The problem of crossflow receptivity is considered in the context of a canonical 3D boundary layer (viz., the swept Hiemenz boundary layer) and a swept airfoil used recently in the SWIFT flight experiment performed at Texas A&M University. First, Hiemenz flow is used to analyze localized receptivity due to a spanwise periodic array of small amplitude roughness elements, with the goal of quantifying the effects of array size and location. Excitation of crossflow modes via nonlocalized but deterministic distribution of surface nonuniformity is also considered and contrasted with roughness induced acoustic excitation of Tollmien-Schlichting waves. Finally, roughness measurements on the SWIFT model are used to model the effects of random, spatially distributed roughness of sufficiently small amplitude with the eventual goal of enabling predictions of initial crossflow disturbance amplitudes as functions of surface roughness parameters.
Characterization of internal boundary layer capacitors
Park, H. D.; Payne, D. A.
1980-05-01
Internal boundary layer capacitors were characterized by scanning transmission electron microscopy and by microscale electrical measurements. Data are given for the chemical and physical characteristics of the individual grains and boundaries, and their associated electric and dielectric properties. Segregated internal boundary layers were identified with resistivities of 10/sup 12/-10/sup 13/ ..cap omega..-cm. Bulk apparent dielectric constants were 10,000-60,000. A model is proposed to explain the dielectric behavior in terms of an equivalent n-c-i-c-n representation of ceramic microstructure, which is substantiated by capacitance-voltage analysis.
Ground observations of magnetospheric boundary layer phenomena
McHenry, M.A.; Clauer, C.R. (Stanford Univ., CA (USA)); Friis-Christensen, E. (Danish Meteorological Inst., Copenhagen (Denmark)); Newell, P.T. (Johns Hopkins Univ., Laurel, MD (USA)); Kelly, J.D. (SRI International, Menlo Park, CA (USA))
1990-09-01
Several classes of traveling vortices in the dayside ionospheric convection have been detected and tracked using the Greenland magnetometer chain (Friis-Christensen et al., 1988, McHenry et al., 1989). One class observed during quiet times consists of a continuous series of vortices moving generally anti-sunward for several hours at a time. The vortices strength is seen to be approximately steady and neighboring vortices rotate in opposite directions. Sondrestrom radar observations show that the vortices are located at the ionospheric convection reversal boundary. Low altitude DMSP observations indicate the vortices are on field lines which map to the inner edge of the low latitude boundary layer. Because the vortices are conjugate to the boundary layer, repeat in a regular fashion and travel antisunward, the authors argue that this class of vortices is caused by the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability of the inner edge of the magnetospheric boundary layer.
Optimization of array boundaries for arbitrary footprint patterns
J. Fondevila-Gomez; J. A. Rodriguez-Gonzalez; A. Trastoy; F. Ares-Pena
2004-01-01
The precision with which footprint patterns produced by planar arrays conform to the desired shapes is dramatically improved by a two-stage array synthesis process in which optimization of the array boundary is followed by optimization of element excitations. The procedure is illustrated by synthesis of arrays with real and complex excitations radiating a rectangular footprint with a 2:1 aspect ratio.
Dynamics of Thin Astrophysical Boundary Layers
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Belyaev, Mikhail Alexander
We study the modal structure and angular momentum transport mechanisms of astrophysical boundary layers. We focus on the case where the accretion disk extends all the way to surface of the star and the boundary layer is thin in comparison with the stellar radius. Such a scenario is applicable, for example, to weakly magnetized neutron stars and white dwarfs, for which the strength of the magnetic field outside the star is too small to disrupt the disk and funnel matter to the poles. Within the boundary layer, material rotating at the Keplerian velocity within the disk slows down to the rotational velocity inside the star. This generates intense velocity gradients and makes the boundary layer susceptible to shear instabilities. By performing a linear stability analysis for the simplified case of a plane-parallel, compressible shear layer, we argue that astrophysical boundary layers are unstable to the sonic instability. This instability is part of a more general class of acoustic instabilities that includes the Papaloizou-Pringle instability. We confirm the predictions of our linear stability analysis by running a suite of simulations in 2D and 3D, with and without stratification, and with and without magnetic field. In our numerical experiments, we find that acoustic modes excited by the sonic instability persist even in the nonlinear regime. We explain the morphological properties and derive analytic formulas for the pattern speed of these acoustic modes. Our work has significant implications for semianalytic models describing the structure and spectral emission from boundary layers. Typically, these models adopt a local, effective viscosity prescription for the angular momentum transport. However, in our simulations we find that angular momentum transport in the boundary layer is facilitated by acoustic modes. In this scenario, accreting material inside the boundary layer loses angular momentum to sound waves that propagate into both the star and the disk. Since transport of angular momentum by waves is inherently nonlocal, our work invites the construction of new phenomenological models of the boundary layer in which angular momentum is transported by waves rather than by an anomalous viscosity.
Control of the Transitional Boundary Layer
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Belson, Brandt A.
This work makes advances in the delay of boundary layer transition from laminar to turbulent flow via feedback control. The applications include the reduction of drag over streamline bodies (e.g., airplane wings) and the decrease of mixing and heat transfer (e.g., over turbine blades in jet engines). A difficulty in many fields is designing feedback controllers for high-dimensional systems, be they experiments or high-fidelity simulations, because the required time and resources are too large. A cheaper alternative is to approximate the high-dimensional system with a reduced-order model and design a controller for the model. We implement several model reduction algorithms in "modred", an open source and publicly available library that is applicable to a wide range of problems. We use this library to study the role of sensors and actuators in feedback control of transition in the 2D boundary layer. Previous work uses a feedforward configuration in which the sensor is upstream of the actuator, but we show that the actuator-sensor pair is unsuitable for feedback control due to an inability to sense the exponentially-growing Tollmien-Schlichting waves. A new actuator-sensor pair is chosen that more directly affects and measures the TS waves, and as a result it is effective in a feedback configuration. Lastly, the feedback controller is shown to outperform feedforward controllers in the presence of unmodeled disturbances. Next, we focus on a specific type of actuator, the single dielectric barrier discharge (SDBD) plasma actuator. An array of these plasma actuators is oriented to produce stream-wise vorticity and thus directly cancel the structures with the largest transient growth (so-called stream-wise streaks). We design a feedback controller using only experimental data by first developing an empirical input-output quasi-steady model. Then, we design feedback controllers for the model such that the controllers perform well when applied to the experiment. Lastly, we also simulate the plasma actuators and determine a suitable numerical model for the forces they create by comparing with experimental results. This physical force model is essential to future numerical studies on delaying bypass transition via feedback control and plasma actuation.
Interfaces and internal layers in a turbulent boundary layer
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Eisma, Jerke; Westerweel, Jerry; Ooms, Gijs; Elsinga, Gerrit E.
2015-05-01
New experimental research is presented on the characteristics of interfaces and internal shear layers that are present in a turbulent boundary layer (TBL). The turbulent/non-turbulent (T/NT) interface at the outer boundary of the TBL shows the presence of a finite jump in streamwise velocity and is characterised by a thin shear layer. It appears that similar layers of high shear occur also within the TBL which separate regions of almost uniform momentum. It turns out that they exhibit similar characteristics as the external T/NT interface. Furthermore, the spatial growth rate of the TBL, that is derived from theoretical analysis, can be correctly predicted from a momentum balance near the external T/NT interface. Similarly, the entrainment velocities for the average internal layers have been determined. Results indicate that internal layers move slower in the vicinity of the wall, whereas they move faster than the large scale boundary layer growth rate in the outer region of the TBL. It is believed that shear layers bound large scale flow regions of approximately uniform momentum. Hence, the entrainment velocities of these internal layers may be interpreted as growth rates of the large scale motions in a TBL.
High enthalpy hypersonic boundary layer flow
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Yanow, G.
1972-01-01
A theoretical and experimental study of an ionizing laminar boundary layer formed by a very high enthalpy flow (in excess of 12 eV per atom or 7000 cal/gm) with allowance for the presence of helium driver gas is described. The theoretical investigation has shown that the use of variable transport properties and their respective derivatives is very important in the solution of equilibrium boundary layer equations of high enthalpy flow. The effect of low level helium contamination on the surface heat transfer rate is minimal. The variation of ionization is much smaller in a chemically frozen boundary layer solution than in an equilibrium boundary layer calculation and consequently, the variation of the transport properties in the case of the former was not essential in the integration. The experiments have been conducted in a free piston shock tunnel, and a detailed study of its nozzle operation, including the effects of low levels of helium driver gas contamination has been made. Neither the extreme solutions of an equilibrium nor of a frozen boundary layer will adequately predict surface heat transfer rate in very high enthalpy flows.
Boundary-Layer-Ingesting Inlet Flow Control
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Owens, Lewis R.; Allan, Brian G.; Gorton, Susan A.
2008-01-01
An experimental study was conducted to provide the first demonstration of an active flow control system for a flush-mounted inlet with significant boundary-layer-ingestion in transonic flow conditions. The effectiveness of the flow control in reducing the circumferential distortion at the engine fan-face location was assessed using a 2.5%-scale model of a boundary-layer-ingesting offset diffusing inlet. The inlet was flush mounted to the tunnel wall and ingested a large boundary layer with a boundary-layer-to-inlet height ratio of 35%. Different jet distribution patterns and jet mass flow rates were used in the inlet to control distortion. A vane configuration was also tested. Finally a hybrid vane/jet configuration was tested leveraging strengths of both types of devices. Measurements were made of the onset boundary layer, the duct surface static pressures, and the mass flow rates through the duct and the flow control actuators. The distortion and pressure recovery were measured at the aerodynamic interface plane. The data show that control jets and vanes reduce circumferential distortion to acceptable levels. The point-design vane configuration produced higher distortion levels at off-design settings. The hybrid vane/jet flow control configuration reduced the off-design distortion levels to acceptable ones and used less than 0.5% of the inlet mass flow to supply the jets.
The kinematics of turbulent boundary layer structure
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Robinson, Stephen Kern
1991-01-01
The long history of research into the internal structure of turbulent boundary layers has not provided a unified picture of the physics responsible for turbulence production and dissipation. The goals of the present research are to: (1) define the current state of boundary layer structure knowledge; and (2) utilize direct numerical simulation results to help close the unresolved issues identified in part A and to unify the fragmented knowledge of various coherent motions into a consistent kinematic model of boundary layer structure. The results of the current study show that all classes of coherent motion in the low Reynolds number turbulent boundary layer may be related to vortical structures, but that no single form of vortex is representative of the wide variety of vortical structures observed. In particular, ejection and sweep motions, as well as entrainment from the free-streem are shown to have strong spatial and temporal relationships with vortical structures. Disturbances of vortex size, location, and intensity show that quasi-streamwise vortices dominate the buffer region, while transverse vortices and vortical arches dominate the wake region. Both types of vortical structure are common in the log region. The interrelationships between the various structures and the population distributions of vortices are combined into a conceptual kinematic model for the boundary layer. Aspects of vortical structure dynamics are also postulated, based on time-sequence animations of the numerically simulated flow.
Calculation methods for compressible turbulent boundary layers, 1976
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Bushnell, D. M.; Cary, A. M., Jr.; Harris, J. E.
1977-01-01
Equations and closure methods for compressible turbulent boundary layers are discussed. Flow phenomena peculiar to calculation of these boundary layers were considered, along with calculations of three dimensional compressible turbulent boundary layers. Procedures for ascertaining nonsimilar two and three dimensional compressible turbulent boundary layers were appended, including finite difference, finite element, and mass-weighted residual methods.
Stability of separating subsonic boundary layers
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Masad, Jamal A.; Nayfeh, Ali H.
1994-01-01
The primary and subharmonic instabilities of separating compressible subsonic two-dimensional boundary layers in the presence of a two-dimensional roughness element on a flat plate are investigated. The roughness elements considered are humps and forward- and backward-facing steps. The use of cooling and suction to control these instabilities is studied. The similarities and differences between the instability characteristics of separating boundary layers and those of the boundary layer over a flat plate with a zero pressure gradient are pointed out and discussed. The theoretical results agree qualitatively and quantitatively with the experimental data of Dovgal and Kozlov. Cooling and suction decrease the growth rates of primary and subharmonic waves in the attached-flow regions but increase them in the separated-flow regions.
Boundary layer blockage in expansion tube nozzles
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Sudnitsin, Olga; Morgan, Richard G.
1995-01-01
The results of a first order perfect gas correction for the effects of the boundary layer formation within expansion tubes with nozzles are presented. The analytical model developed to describe the boundary layer formation within the expansion tube and an expansion nozzle located at the end of the acceleration tube is based on the Karman integral equations. The results of this analytical model are compared with experimental data from an expansion diffuser. The model provides a useful tool for the preliminary design of nozzles for such facilities.
Curvature effects and turbulent boundary layers
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Moffat, R. J.
1982-01-01
Results are examined from an experiment conducted to determine quantitatively the secondary factors which affect the response of a turbulent boundary layer to convex curvature and to examine the recovery process after curvature ended. The variation of Stanton number with streamwise distance and with enthalpy thickness Reynolds number for the baseline case is shown. The effect of delta sub .99/R on the velocity of the potential core would have if we extended to the wall with no viscous effects, of free stream acceleration, of an unheated starting length, and of boundary layer maturity are discussed. Mixing length and turbulent Prandtl number models are reviewed.
An interacting boundary layer model for cascades
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Davis, R. T.; Rothmayer, A. P.
1983-01-01
A laminar, incompressible interacting boundary layer model is developed for two-dimensional cascades. In the limit of large cascade spacing these equations reduce to the interacting boundary layer equations for a single body immersed in an infinite stream. A fully implicit numerical method is used to solve the governing equations, and is found to be at least as efficient as the same technique applied to the single body problem. Solutions are then presented for a cascade of finite flat plates and a cascade of finite sine-waves, with cusped leading and trailing edges.
The structure of APG turbulent boundary layers
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gungor, Ayse G.; Maciel, Yvan; Simens, Mark P.; Soria, Julio
2013-11-01
A boundary layer under influence of a strong APG is studied using DNS. Transition to turbulence is triggered using a trip wire which is modelled using the immersed boundary method. The Reynolds number close to the exit of the numerical domain is Re? = 2175 and the shape-factor H = 2 . 5 . Two dimensional two-point spatial correlation functions are obtained in this region and close to the transition region. Cvu with a reference point close to the transition region shows a flow periodicity until Re? ~ 1600 . This periodicity is related to the shear layer instability of the separation bubble created as a result of the APG. The Cvv and Cww correlations obtained far from the transition region at Re? = 2175 and at y / ? = 0 . 4 coincide with results obtained for a ZPG boundary layer. Implying that the structure of the v , w fluctuations is the same as in ZPG. However, Cuu indicates that the structure of the u fluctuation in an APG boundary layer is almost twice as short as the ZPG structures. The APG structures are also less correlated with the flow at the wall. The near wall structure of strong APG flows is different from ZPG flows in that streaks are much shorter or absent. A boundary layer under influence of a strong APG is studied using DNS. Transition to turbulence is triggered using a trip wire which is modelled using the immersed boundary method. The Reynolds number close to the exit of the numerical domain is Re? = 2175 and the shape-factor H = 2 . 5 . Two dimensional two-point spatial correlation functions are obtained in this region and close to the transition region. Cvu with a reference point close to the transition region shows a flow periodicity until Re? ~ 1600 . This periodicity is related to the shear layer instability of the separation bubble created as a result of the APG. The Cvv and Cww correlations obtained far from the transition region at Re? = 2175 and at y / ? = 0 . 4 coincide with results obtained for a ZPG boundary layer. Implying that the structure of the v , w fluctuations is the same as in ZPG. However, Cuu indicates that the structure of the u fluctuation in an APG boundary layer is almost twice as short as the ZPG structures. The APG structures are also less correlated with the flow at the wall. The near wall structure of strong APG flows is different from ZPG flows in that streaks are much shorter or absent. Funded in part by ITU, NSERC of Canada, ARC Discovery Grant, and Multiflow program of the ERC.
Electric arc behavior in a boundary layer
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rosa, Richard; Farrar, Larry; Trudnowski, Dan
1988-10-01
The objective of this work is to understand how the size of an arc on the electrode of a magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) generator or accelerator depends on operating parameters such as boundary-layer shape and current density. Arc size has an important bearing on device lifetime and performance. A boundary layer in an MHD device is a region of exceedingly steep gradients including, in particular, the gradient of electrical conductivity. A theory relating arc size to the characteristics of these gradients is developed and compared with behavior observed in various MHD devices, most recently that in the Component Development and Integration Facility in Butte, Montana.
Separation behavior of boundary layers on three-dimensional wings
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Stock, H. W.
1981-01-01
An inverse boundary layer procedure for calculating separated, turbulent boundary layers at infinitely long, crabbing wing was developed. The procedure was developed for calculating three dimensional, incompressible turbulent boundary layers was expanded to adiabatic, compressible flows. Example calculations with transsonic wings were made including viscose effects. In this case an approximated calculation method described for areas of separated, turbulent boundary layers, permitting calculation of this displacement thickness. The laminar boundary layer development was calculated with inclined ellipsoids.
On the Effects of Surface Roughness on Boundary Layer Transition
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Choudhari, Meelan M.; Li, Fei; Chang, Chau-Lyan; Edwards, Jack
2009-01-01
Surface roughness can influence laminar-turbulent transition in many different ways. This paper outlines selected analyses performed at the NASA Langley Research Center, ranging in speed from subsonic to hypersonic Mach numbers and highlighting the beneficial as well as adverse roles of the surface roughness in technological applications. The first theme pertains to boundary-layer tripping on the forebody of a hypersonic airbreathing configuration via a spanwise periodic array of trip elements, with the goal of understanding the physical mechanisms underlying roughness-induced transition in a high-speed boundary layer. The effect of an isolated, finite amplitude roughness element on a supersonic boundary layer is considered next. The other set of flow configurations examined herein corresponds to roughness based laminar flow control in subsonic and supersonic swept wing boundary layers. A common theme to all of the above configurations is the need to apply higher fidelity, physics based techniques to develop reliable predictions of roughness effects on laminar-turbulent transition.
INDIVIDUAL TURBULENT CELL INTERACTION: BASIS FOR BOUNDARY LAYER ESTABLISHMENT
Boundary layers are important in determining the forces on objects in flowing fluids, mixing characteristics, and other phenomena. For example, benthic boundary layers are frequently active resuspension layers that determine bottom turbidity and transniissivity. Traditionally, bo...
Provenance of the K/T boundary layers
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Hildebrand, A. R.; Boynton, W. V.
1988-01-01
An array of chemical, physical and isotopic evidence indicates that an impact into oceanic crust terminated the Cretaceous Period. Approximately 1500 cu km of debris, dispersed by the impact fireball, fell out globally in marine and nonmarine environments producing a 2 to 4 mm thick layer (fireball layer). In North American locales, the fireball layer overlies a 15 to 25 mm thick layer of similar but distinct composition. This 15 to 25 mm layer (ejecta layer) may represent approximately 1000 cu km of lower energy ejecta from a nearby impact site. Isotopic and chemical evidence supports a mantle provenance for the bulk of the layers. The extraordinary REE pattern of the boundary clays was modelled as a mixture of oceanic crust, mantle, and approximately 10 percent continental material. The results are presented. If the siderophiles of the ejecta layer were derived solely from the mantle, a test may be available to see if the siderophile element anomaly of the fireball layer had an extraterrestrial origin. Radiogenic Os-187 is depleted in the mantle relative to an undifferentiated chondritic source. Os-187/Os-186 ratios of 1.049 and 1.108 were calculated for the ejecta and fireball layers, respectively.
Flow unsteadiness effects on boundary layers
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Murthy, Sreedhara V.
1989-01-01
The development of boundary layers at high subsonic speeds in the presence of either mass flux fluctuations or acoustic disturbances (the two most important parameters in the unsteadiness environment affecting the aerodynamics of a flight vehicle) was investigated. A high quality database for generating detailed information concerning free-stream flow unsteadiness effects on boundary layer growth and transition in high subsonic and transonic speeds is described. The database will be generated with a two-pronged approach: (1) from a detailed review of existing literature on research and wind tunnel calibration database, and (2) from detailed tests in the Boundary Layer Apparatus for Subsonic and Transonic flow Affected by Noise Environment (BLASTANE). Special instrumentation, including hot wire anemometry, the buried wire gage technique, and laser velocimetry were used to obtain skin friction and turbulent shear stress data along the entire boundary layer for various free stream noise levels, turbulence content, and pressure gradients. This database will be useful for improving the correction methodology of applying wind tunnel test data to flight predictions and will be helpful for making improvements in turbulence modeling laws.
Planetary Boundary Layer from AERI and MPL
Sawyer, Virginia
The distribution and transport of aerosol emitted to the lower troposphere is governed by the height of the planetary boundary layer (PBL), which limits the dilution of pollutants and influences boundary-layer convection. Because radiative heating and cooling of the surface strongly affect the PBL top height, it follows diurnal and seasonal cycles and may vary by hundreds of meters over a 24-hour period. The cap the PBL imposes on low-level aerosol transport makes aerosol concentration an effective proxy for PBL height: the top of the PBL is marked by a rapid transition from polluted, well-mixed boundary-layer air to the cleaner, more stratified free troposphere. Micropulse lidar (MPL) can provide much higher temporal resolution than radiosonde and better vertical resolution than infrared spectrometer (AERI), but PBL heights from all three instruments at the ARM SGP site are compared to one another for validation. If there is agreement among them, the higher-resolution remote sensing-derived PBL heights can accurately fill in the gaps left by the low frequency of radiosonde launches, and thus improve model parameterizations and our understanding of boundary-layer processes.
Numerical Experiments in Supersonic Boundary Layer Stability
Erlebacher, Gordon
Numerical Experiments in Supersonic Boundary Layer Stability Gordon Erlebacher Computational of supersonic flows over a flat plate. Sev eral direct simulations carried out in this study sug gest advances in supersonic and hypersonic aerospace technology have led to a renewed interest in the stability
Orbiter Boundary Layer Transition Prediction Tool Enhancements
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Berry, Scott A.; King, Rudolph A.; Kegerise, Michael A.; Wood, William A.; McGinley, Catherine B.; Berger, Karen T.; Anderson, Brian P.
2010-01-01
Updates to an analytic tool developed for Shuttle support to predict the onset of boundary layer transition resulting from thermal protection system damage or repair are presented. The boundary layer transition tool is part of a suite of tools that analyze the local aerothermodynamic environment to enable informed disposition of damage for making recommendations to fly as is or to repair. Using mission specific trajectory information and details of each d agmea site or repair, the expected time (and thus Mach number) of transition onset is predicted to help define proper environments for use in subsequent thermal and stress analysis of the thermal protection system and structure. The boundary layer transition criteria utilized within the tool were updated based on new local boundary layer properties obtained from high fidelity computational solutions. Also, new ground-based measurements were obtained to allow for a wider parametric variation with both protuberances and cavities and then the resulting correlations were calibrated against updated flight data. The end result is to provide correlations that allow increased confidence with the resulting transition predictions. Recently, a new approach was adopted to remove conservatism in terms of sustained turbulence along the wing leading edge. Finally, some of the newer flight data are also discussed in terms of how these results reflect back on the updated correlations.
Thick diffusion limit boundary layer test problems
Bailey, T. S. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, L-095, Livermore, CA 94551 (United States); Warsa, J. S.; Chang, J. H. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1663, Los Alamos, NM 87544 (United States); Adams, M. L. [Texas A and M University, Department of Nuclear Engineering, College Station, TX 77843-3133 (United States)
2013-07-01
We develop two simple test problems that quantify the behavior of computational transport solutions in the presence of boundary layers that are not resolved by the spatial grid. In particular we study the quantitative effects of 'contamination' terms that, according to previous asymptotic analyses, may have a detrimental effect on the solutions obtained by both discontinuous finite element (DFEM) and characteristic-method (CM) spatial discretizations, at least for boundary layers caused by azimuthally asymmetric incident intensities. Few numerical results have illustrated the effects of this contamination, and none have quantified it to our knowledge. Our test problems use leading-order analytic solutions that should be equal to zero in the problem interior, which means the observed interior solution is the error introduced by the contamination terms. Results from DFEM solutions demonstrate that the contamination terms can cause error propagation into the problem interior for both orthogonal and non-orthogonal grids, and that this error is much worse for non-orthogonal grids. This behavior is consistent with the predictions of previous analyses. We conclude that these boundary layer test problems and their variants are useful tools for the study of errors that are introduced by unresolved boundary layers in diffusive transport problems. (authors)
Optimal Disturbances in Compressible Boundary Layers
Zuccher, Simone
& Anatoli Tumin University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 85721, USA Eli Reshotko Case Western Reserve University transition mechanism Tollmien-Schlicting (TS) waves first experimentally detected by Schubauer and Skramstad in Compressible Boundary Layers Complete Energy Norm Analysis, Paper AIAA-2005-5314 p. #12;Are TS waves
Boundary layer control device for duct silencers
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Schmitz, Fredric H. (inventor); Soderman, Paul T. (inventor)
1993-01-01
A boundary layer control device includes a porous cover plate, an acoustic absorber disposed under the porous cover plate, and a porous flow resistive membrane interposed between the porous cover plate and the acoustic absorber. The porous flow resistive membrane has a flow resistance low enough to permit sound to enter the acoustic absorber and high enough to damp unsteady flow oscillations.
Planetary Boundary Layer from AERI and MPL
Sawyer, Virginia
2014-02-13
The distribution and transport of aerosol emitted to the lower troposphere is governed by the height of the planetary boundary layer (PBL), which limits the dilution of pollutants and influences boundary-layer convection. Because radiative heating and cooling of the surface strongly affect the PBL top height, it follows diurnal and seasonal cycles and may vary by hundreds of meters over a 24-hour period. The cap the PBL imposes on low-level aerosol transport makes aerosol concentration an effective proxy for PBL height: the top of the PBL is marked by a rapid transition from polluted, well-mixed boundary-layer air to the cleaner, more stratified free troposphere. Micropulse lidar (MPL) can provide much higher temporal resolution than radiosonde and better vertical resolution than infrared spectrometer (AERI), but PBL heights from all three instruments at the ARM SGP site are compared to one another for validation. If there is agreement among them, the higher-resolution remote sensing-derived PBL heights can accurately fill in the gaps left by the low frequency of radiosonde launches, and thus improve model parameterizations and our understanding of boundary-layer processes.
TURBULENCE IN SUPERSONIC AND HYPERSONIC BOUNDARY LAYERS
Martín, Pino
TURBULENCE IN SUPERSONIC AND HYPERSONIC BOUNDARY LAYERS Alexander J. Smits and M. Pino Martin in supersonic and hypersonic flow where the effects of compressibility have a direct influence on the turbulence. Experimental and DNS results are presented and compared. Key words: Turbulence, supersonic, hypersonic, shocks
Boundary layer transition flight test observations
A. M. Berkowitz; C. L. Kyriss; A. Martellucci
1977-01-01
A historical review regarding the evolution of flight test boundary layer transition correlations in connection with the development of operational ballistic reentry vehicles in the U.S. is presented, taking into account the time periods from 1956 to 1961, from 1961 to 1971, and from 1971 to the present time. Questions of transition data evaluation are discussed, taking into account transition
Numerical methods for hypersonic boundary layer stability
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Malik, M. R.
1990-01-01
Four different schemes for solving compressible boundary layer stability equations are developed and compared, considering both the temporal and spatial stability for a global eigenvalue spectrum and a local eigenvalue search. The discretizations considered encompass: (1) a second-order-staggered finite-difference scheme; (2) a fourth-order accurate, two-point compact scheme; (3) a single-domain Chebychev spectral collocation scheme; and (4) a multidomain spectral collocation scheme. As Mach number increases, the performance of the single-domain collocation scheme deteriorates due to the outward movement of the critical layer; a multidomain spectral method is accordingly designed to furnish superior resolution of the critical layer.
Boundary layer emission in luminous LMXBs
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gilfanov, M.; Revnivtsev, M.
2005-11-01
We show that aperiodic and quasiperiodic variability of bright LMXBs - atoll and Z-sources - on ˜ sec-msec time scales is caused primarily by variations of the luminosity of the boundary layer. The emission of the accretion disk is less variable on these time scales and its power density spectrum follows P_disk(f)? f-1 law, contributing to observed flux variation at low frequencies and low energies only. The kHz QPOs have the same origin as variability at lower frequencies, i.e. independent of the nature of the "clock", the actual luminosity modulation takes place on the neutron star surface. The boundary layer spectrum remains nearly constant in the course of the luminosity variations and is represented to certain accuracy by the Fourier frequency resolved spectrum. In the investigated range of \\dot{M}˜ (0.1-1) \\dot{M}_Edd it depends weakly on the global mass accretion rate and in the limit \\dot{M}˜ \\dot{M}_Edd is close to Wien spectrum with kT˜ 2.4 keV. Its independence on the global value of \\dot{M} lends support to the theoretical suggestion by \\citet{inogamov99} that the boundary layer is radiation pressure supported. \\ Based on the knowledge of the boundary layer spectrum we attempt to relate the motion along the Z-track to changes of physically meaningful parameters. Our results suggest that the contribution of the boundary layer to the observed emission decreases along the Z-track from conventional ˜ 50% on the horizontal branch to a rather small number on the normal branch. This decrease can be caused, for example, by obscuration of the boundary layer by the geometrically thickened accretion disk at \\dot{M}˜\\dot{M}_Edd. Alternatively, this can indicate significant change of the structure of the accretion flow at \\dot{M}˜\\dot{M}_Edd and disappearance of the boundary layer as a distinct region of the significant energy release associated with the neutron star surface.
Roughness Induced transition in supersonic boundary layers
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Muppidi, Suman; Mahesh, Krishnan
2011-11-01
Laminar-to-turbulent transition at high speeds can significantly alter aerodynamic drag and heat transfer. The present study uses Direct Numerical Simulations to study transition of a Mach 2.9 boundary layer due to distributed surface roughness. Roughness causes the near-wall fluid to slow down and generates a strong shear layer over the roughness elements. Roughness surface also exerts an upward impulse on the fluid, generating counter-rotating pairs of streamwise vortices underneath the shear layer. As they move downstream, these vortices rise toward the shear layer, and their mutual interaction results in the break down of the shear layer, followed closely by transition to turbulence. The mean flow in the turbulent region shows a good agreement with available data for fully turbulent boundary layers. Simulations under varying conditions show that where the shear layer is not as strong, and the streamwise vortices are not as coherent, the flow remains laminar. This work is supported by NASA under the hypersonics NRA program grant NNX08AB33A.
Turbulent Boundary Layers in Absence of Mean Shear
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Johnson, Blair; Cowen, Edwin
2013-11-01
Environmental flows are often observed in which turbulence levels significantly exceed what would be expected from mean boundary shear (e.g. breaking surface waves). This enhanced turbulence produces sediment resuspension and boundary layers that differ greatly from classic turbulent boundary layer characterizations. To identify the contribution of turbulence to such sediment resuspension, experiments are conducted in a facility designed to generate homogeneous isotropic turbulence in absence of mean shear via a Randomly Actuated Synthetic Jet Array (RASJA). Using particle image velocimetry (PIV), boundary layers above both a solid glass bed and a narrowly graded sediment bed are characterized by their mean flows, turbulent kinetic energy, dissipation, spectra, and Reynolds stress. Furthermore, a surprising observation includes the formation of ripple patterns when the turbulence decays above the sediment bed. We hypothesize that the ripples scale with the integral length scale of the turbulence. By varying the percentage of active jets and the relative on- and off-times of jets in the RASJA, our investigations consider the impact of altering the integral length scale of the facility on the resulting turbulent structures and sediment motions observed.
Interaction between soil hydrology and boundary-layer development
H.-L. Pan; L. Mahrt
1987-01-01
A two-layer model of soil hydrology and thermodynamics is combined with a one-dimensional model of the planetary boundary layer to study various interactions between evolution of the boundary layer and soil moisture transport. Boundary-layer moistening through surface evaporation reduces the potential and actual surface evaporation as well as the boundary-layer growth. With more advanced stages of soil drying, the restricted
Enthalpy effects on hypervelocity boundary layers
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Adam, Philippe H.
More than 50 shots with air and 35 shots with carbon dioxide were carried out in the T5 shock tunnel at GALCIT to study enthalpy effects on hypervelocity boundary layers. The model tested was a 5° half-angle cone measuring approximately 1 meter in length. It was instrumented with 51 chromel-constantan coaxial thermocouples and the surface heat transfer rate was computed to deduce the state of the boundary layer and, when applicable, the transition location. Transitional boundary layers obtained confirm the stabilizing effect of enthalpy. As the reservoir enthalpy is increased, the transition Reynolds number evaluated at the reference conditions increases as well. The stabilizing effect is more rapid in gases with lower dissociation energy and it seems to level off when no further dissociation can be achieved. These effects do not appear when the transition location is normalized with the edge conditions. Further normalizing the reservoir enthalpy with the edge enthalpy appears to collapse the data for all gases onto a single curve. A similar collapse is obtained when normalizing both the transition location and the reservoir enthalpy with maximum temperature conditions obtained with BLIMPK, a nonequilibrium boundary layer code. The observation that the reference conditions seem more appropriate to normalize high enthalpy transition data was taken a step further by comparing the tunnel data with results from a reentry experiment. When the edge conditions are used, the tunnel data are around an order of magnitude below the flight data. This is commonly attributed to the fact that disturbance levels in tunnels are high, causing the boundary layer to transition prematurely. However, when the conditions at the reference temperature are used instead, the data come within striking distance of one another although the trend with enthalpy seems to be a destabilizing one for the flight data. This difference could be due to the cone bending and blunting observed during the reentry. Experimental laminar heat transfer levels were compared to numerical results obtained with BLIMPK. Results for air indicate that the reactions are probably in nonequilibrium and that the wall is catalytic. The catalycity is seen to yield higher surface heat transfer rates than the noncatalytic and frozen chemistry models. The results for carbon dioxide, however, are inconclusive. This is, perhaps, because of inadequate modeling of the actual reactions. Experimentally, an anomalous yet repeatable, rise in the laminar heat transfer level can be seen at medium enthalpies in carbon dioxide boundary layers.
Enthalpy effects on hypervelocity boundary layers
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Adam, Philippe H.
Shots with air and carbon dioxide were carried out in the T5 shock tunnel at GALCIT to study enthalpy effects on hypervelocity boundary layers. The model tested was a 1-meter long, 5-deg half-angle cone. It was instrumented with 51 chromel-constantan coaxial thermocouples and the surface heat transfer rate was computed to deduce the state of the boundary layer. Transitional boundary layers obtained confirm the stabilizing effect of enthalpy. As the reservoir enthalpy is increased, the transition Reynolds number evaluated at the reference conditions increases. This stabilizing effect is more rapid in gases with lower dissociation energy and it seems to level off when no further dissociation can be achieved. Normalizing the reservoir enthalpy with the edge enthalpy appears to collapse the data for all gases onto a single curve. A similar collapse is obtained when normalizing both the transition location and the reservoir enthalpy with the maximum temperature conditions obtained with BLIMPK, a nonequilibrium boundary layer code. The observation that reference conditions are more appropriate to normalize high enthalpy transition data was taken a step further by comparing the tunnel data with results from a reentry experiment. When the edge conditions are used, the tunnel and flight data are around an order of magnitude apart. This is commonly attributed to high disturbance levels in tunnels that cause the boundary layer to transition early. However, when the reference conditions are used instead, the tunnel and flight data come within striking distance of one another although the trends with enthalpy are reversed. This difference could be due to the cone bending and nose blunting. Experimental laminar heat transfer levels were compared to numerical results obtained with BLIMPK. Results for air indicate that the reactions are probably in nonequilibrium and that the wall is catalytic. The catalycity is seen to yield higher surface heat transfer rates than the noncatalytic and frozen chemistry models. The results for carbon dioxide, however, are inconclusive. This is, perhaps, because of inadequate modeling of the reactions. Experimentally, an anomalous yet repeatable, rise in the laminar heat transfer level can be seen at medium enthalpies in carbon dioxide boundary layers.
Turbulent boundary-layer control with plasma spanwise travelling waves
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Whalley, Richard D.; Choi, Kwing-So
2014-08-01
Arrays of dielectric-barrier-discharge plasma actuators have been designed to generate spanwise travelling waves in the turbulent boundary layer for possible skin-friction drag reductions. Particle image velocimetry was used to elucidate the modifications to turbulence structures created by the plasma spanwise travelling waves. It has been observed that the plasma spanwise travelling waves amalgamated streamwise vortices, lifting low-speed fluid from the near-wall region up and around the peripheries of their cores to form wide ribbons of low-speed streamwise velocity within the viscous sublayer.
Boundary Layer Theory. Part 1; Laminar Flows
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Schlichting, H.
1949-01-01
The purpose of this presentation is to give you a survey of a field of aerodynamics which has for a number of years been attracting an ever growing interest. The subject is the theory of flows with friction, and, within that field, particularly the theory of friction layers, or boundary layers. As you know, a great many considerations of aerodynamics are based on the so-called ideal fluid, that is, the frictionless incompressible fluid. By neglect of compressibility and friction the extensive mathematical theory of the ideal fluid (potential theory) has been made possible.
Numerical simulation of boundary-layer transition
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Spalart, P. R.
1984-01-01
The transition to turbulence in boundary layers was investigated by direct numerical solution of the nonlinear, three-dimensional, incompressible Navier-Stokes equations in the half-infinite domain over a flat plate. Periodicity was imposed in the streamwise and spanwise directions. A body force was applied to approximate the effect of a nonparallel mean flow. The numerical method was spectra, based on Fourier series and Jacobi polynomials, and used divergence-free basis functions. Extremely rapid convergence was obtained when solving the linear Orr-Sommerfeld equation. The early nonlinear and three-dimensional stages of transition, in a boundary layer disturbed by a vibrating ribbon, were successfully simulated. Excellent qualitative agreement was observed with either experiments or weakly nonlinear theories. In particular, the breakdown pattern was staggered or nonstaggered depending on the disturbance amplitude.
Boundary layer transition detection by luminescence imaging
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Mclachlan, B. G.; Bell, J. H.; Gallery, J.; Gouterman, M.; Callis, J.
1993-01-01
In recent experiments we have demonstrated the feasibility of a new approach to boundary layer transition detection. This new approach employs the temperature dependence of certain photoluminescent materials in the form of a surface coating or 'paint' to detect the change in heat transfer characteristics that accompany boundary layer transition. The feasibility experiments were conducted for low subsonic to transonic Mach numbers on two-dimensional airfoil and flat plate configurations. Paint derived transition locations were determined and compared to those obtained from Preston pressure probe measurements. Artificial heating of the models was used to obtain transition temperature signatures suitable for the instrumentation available to us. Initial estimates show, however, that passive kinetic heating at high Mach numbers is a promising alternative.
BOREAS AFM-6 Boundary Layer Height Data
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Wilczak, James; Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Newcomer, Jeffrey A. (Editor); Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)
2000-01-01
The Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) Airborne Fluxes and Meteorology (AFM)-6 team from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminsitration/Environment Technology Laboratory (NOAA/ETL) operated a 915-MHz wind/Radio Acoustic Sounding System (RASS) profiler system in the Southern Study Area (SSA) near the Old Jack Pine (OJP) site. This data set provides boundary layer height information over the site. The data were collected from 21 May 1994 to 20 Sep 1994 and are stored in tabular ASCII files. The boundary layer height data are available from the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC). The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884).
Stability of boundary layers along curved surfaces
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Le Cunff, Cedric
The stability of a boundary layer along a curved wall was first studied by Gortler (27) in 1940. Further investigations have been conducted since 1980. An important contribution was made by Hall (29), when he first proposed a more rigorous approach to this problem. Gortler had used a simple approximation which allowed him to reduce the problem to a set of ordinary differential equations. However such an assumption ignored the growth of the boundary layer, which Hall showed could not be neglected. Hall then rederived the formulation to obtain a set of partial differential equations. We solved the system of equations, including the nonlinear terms, with a method proposed by Herbert (3), called the Parabolic Stability Equations (PSE). The flow is divided into a basic profile, which satisfies the Prandtl boundary layer equations, and a perturbation. We compared our results for the Blasius profile with those of Bottaro, Klinnmann, and Zebib (8) and found excellent agreement between our calculations and their finite- volume simulations. We then applied our code to the wall jet profile. We were able to capture the growth of steady vortices, located in the inner region of the jet for a concave wall, and the outer region for a convex wall, as predicted by Florian's (20) linear inviscid argument. Our calculations were in good agreement with Matsson's (49) experimental results. We also studied the influence of crossflow on a boundary layer. Crossflow might lead to streamwise vortices along a flat plate, and contrary to Gortler vortices, crossflow vortices are co-rotating instead of counter-rotating. We investigated the interactions between these two types of vortices and compared the results with experimental measurements obtained by Bippes (4). The final part of the thesis is the simulation of the secondary time-dependent instability originating from the shear profiles created by the primary streamwise vortices. The onset of the instability is studied by marching both in space and time. If no forcing is prescribed the time-dependent code predicts a steady solution. Time-dependent boundary conditions are then applied by solving the linear stability problem at some streamwise location to obtain the most dangerous streamwise perturbation velocity and the corresponding frequency. We found that the varicose mode is more amplified in the streamwise direction than the sinuous mode. Similarly, if both modes are included in the initial conditions, the varicose mode is still dominant. Furthermore, as the flow evolves downstream, the unsteady behavior exhibits a more complex time-dependence, which was also observed in the experiments of Swearingen and Blackwealder (66). In our computations, higher harmonics are observed near the wall and propagate into the boundary layer.
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Evans, R. M.
1975-01-01
Accurate predictions of the thrust loss due to boundary layer effects and of the wall heat flux are very important to the design and performance evaluation of rocket nozzles. A method used in analytical procedures for liquid fuel rocket engine performance prediction and evaluation is presented. A computer program is examined that is a fast and accurate procedure for solving the set of boundary layer equation (momentum, energy, and species) for laminar or turbulent, chemically reacting flows with a wide variety of boundary conditions. Results of comparison of the various turbulent models are presented. A summary of the modifications and additions to the program is examined.
The boundary layer on compressor cascade blades
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Deutsch, S.
1981-01-01
Some redesign of the cascade facility was necessary in order to incoporate the requirements of the LDA system into the design. Of particular importance was the intended use of a combination of suction upstream of the blade pack with diverging pack walls, as opposed to blade pack suction alone, for spanwise dimensionality control. An ARL blade was used to redo some tests using this arrangement. Preliminary testing and boundary layer measurements began on the double circular arc blades.
Reduction of turbulent drag: Boundary layer manipulators
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Coustols, E.
1989-03-01
The drag reduction on airbus profiles is investigated. External and internal boundary layer manipulators are applied. The wind tunnel wall geometry and the model surface geometry are modified, carving riblets in the sense of the main flow. The change induced in the flow are studied using hotwire anemometry and spectral analysis. Direct drag measurements on Airbus profiles indicate a drag reduction of 3.5 percent. Experiments using cylindrical bodies in transonic flow show a drag reduction of 8 percent.
Boundary Layer Control for Hypersonic Airbreathing Vehicles
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Berry, Scott A.; Nowak, Robert J.; Horvath, Thomas J.
2004-01-01
Active and passive methods for tripping hypersonic boundary layers have been examined in NASA Langley Research Center wind tunnels using a Hyper-X model. This investigation assessed several concepts for forcing transition, including passive discrete roughness elements and active mass addition (or blowing), in the 20-Inch Mach 6 Air and the 31-Inch Mach 10 Air Tunnels. Heat transfer distributions obtained via phosphor thermography, shock system details, and surface streamline patterns were measured on a 0.333-scale model of the Hyper-X forebody. The comparisons between the active and passive methods for boundary layer control were conducted at test conditions that nearly match the Hyper-X nominal Mach 7 flight test-point of an angle-of-attack of 2-deg and length Reynolds number of 5.6 million. For passive roughness, the primary parametric variation was a range of trip heights within the calculated boundary layer thickness for several trip concepts. The passive roughness study resulted in a swept ramp configuration, scaled to be roughly 0.6 of the calculated boundary layer thickness, being selected for the Mach 7 flight vehicle. For the active blowing study, the manifold pressure was systematically varied (while monitoring the mass flow) for each configuration to determine the jet penetration height, with schlieren, and transition movement, with the phosphor system, for comparison to the passive results. All the blowing concepts tested, which included various rows of sonic orifices (holes), two- and three-dimensional slots, and random porosity, provided transition onset near the trip location with manifold stagnation pressures on the order of 40 times the model surface static pressure, which is adequate to ensure sonic jets. The present results indicate that the jet penetration height for blowing was roughly half the height required with passive roughness elements for an equivalent amount of transition movement.
Boundary Layer Transition Results From STS-114
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Berry, Scott A.; Horvath, Thomas J.; Cassady, Amy M.; Kirk, Benjamin S.; Wang, K. C.; Hyatt, Andrew J.
2006-01-01
The tool for predicting the onset of boundary layer transition from damage to and/or repair of the thermal protection system developed in support of Shuttle Return to Flight is compared to the STS-114 flight results. The Boundary Layer Transition (BLT) Tool is part of a suite of tools that analyze the aerothermodynamic environment of the local thermal protection system to allow informed disposition of damage for making recommendations to fly as is or to repair. Using mission specific trajectory information and details of each damage site or repair, the expected time of transition onset is predicted to help determine the proper aerothermodynamic environment to use in the subsequent thermal and stress analysis of the local structure. The boundary layer transition criteria utilized for the tool was developed from ground-based measurements to account for the effect of both protuberances and cavities and has been calibrated against flight data. Computed local boundary layer edge conditions provided the means to correlate the experimental results and then to extrapolate to flight. During STS-114, the BLT Tool was utilized and was part of the decision making process to perform an extravehicular activity to remove the large gap fillers. The role of the BLT Tool during this mission, along with the supporting information that was acquired for the on-orbit analysis, is reviewed. Once the large gap fillers were removed, all remaining damage sites were cleared for reentry as is. Post-flight analysis of the transition onset time revealed excellent agreement with BLT Tool predictions.
Boundary layer calculation for analysis and design
H. E. Weber
1977-01-01
A simple, semi-empirical method for calculating the laminar, transition, and turbulent boundary layer with arbitrary free stream pressure gradient is developed. Good correlation is obtained with data on general turbulent flows, two-dimensional diffuser flows, and the cylinder in cross-flow. Skin friction coefficient, momentum thickness Reynolds number, and free stream pressure gradient parameter correlation employs a simple lag theory. With the
Calculation of a separated turbulent boundary layer
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Baldwin, B.; Hung, C. M.
1976-01-01
The properties of a Navier-Stokes solution of a shock-separated turbulent flow over a flat wall are investigated. Refinements of an algebraic relaxation turbulence model previously shown to be of value for the simulation of separated flows are presented. A simplified analysis applicable near an adiabatic wall is developed and used to help verify the accuracy of the numerical solution. Features of the time-dependent response of a turbulent boundary layer to shock impingement are presented.
Progress in modeling hypersonic turbulent boundary layers
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Zeman, Otto
1993-01-01
A good knowledge of the turbulence structure, wall heat transfer, and friction in turbulent boundary layers (TBL) at high speeds is required for the design of hypersonic air breathing airplanes and reentry space vehicles. This work reports on recent progress in the modeling of high speed TBL flows. The specific research goal described here is the development of a second order closure model for zero pressure gradient TBL's for the range of Mach numbers up to hypersonic speeds with arbitrary wall cooling requirements.
X-33 HYPERSONIC BOUNDARY LAYER TRANSITION
Scott A. Berry; Thomas J. Horvath; Brian R. Hollis; Richard A. Thompson; H. Harris Hamilton
1999-01-01
Boundary layer and aeroheating characteristics of several X-33 configurations have been experimentally examinedin the Langley 20-Inch Mach 6 Air Tunnel. Global surface heat transfer distributions, surface streamlinepatterns, and shock shapes were measured on 0.013-scale models at Mach 6 in air. Parametric variations includeangles-of-attack of 20-deg, 30-deg, and 40-deg; Reynolds numbers based on model length of 0.9 to 6.6 million; andbody-flap
Entropy production in relativistic jet boundary layers
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Kohler, Susanna; Begelman, Mitchell C.
2015-01-01
Hot relativistic jets, passing through a background medium with a pressure gradient p ? r-? where 2 < ? ? 8/3, develop a shocked boundary layer containing a significant fraction of the jet power. In previous work, we developed a self-similar description of the boundary layer assuming isentropic flow, but we found that such models respect global energy conservation only for the special case ? = 8/3. Here, we demonstrate that models with ? < 8/3 can be made self-consistent if we relax the assumption of constant specific entropy. Instead, the entropy must increase with increasing r along the boundary layer, presumably due to multiple shocks driven into the flow as it gradually collimates. The increase in specific entropy slows the acceleration rate of the flow and provides a source of internal energy that could be channelled into radiation. We suggest that this process may be important for determining the radiative characteristics of tidal disruption events and gamma-ray bursts from collapsars.
The Role of Boundary Layer Processes in Limiting PV Homogenization
Zhang, Yang
A ?-plane multilevel quasigeostrophic channel model with interactive static stability and a simplified parameterization of atmospheric boundary layer physics is used to study the role of different boundary layer processes ...
Typhoon kinematic and thermodynamic boundary layer structure from dropsonde composites
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Ming, Jie; Zhang, Jun A.; Rogers, Robert F.
2015-04-01
The data from 438 Global Positioning System dropsondes in six typhoons are analyzed to investigate the mean atmospheric boundary layer structure in a composite framework. Following a recent study on boundary layer height in Atlantic hurricanes, we aim to quantify characteristics of boundary layer height scales in Western Pacific typhoons including the inflow layer depth (hinflow), height of the maximum tangential wind speed (hvtmax), and thermodynamic mixed layer depth. In addition, the kinematic and thermodynamic boundary layer structures are compared between the dropsonde composites using data in typhoons and hurricanes. Our results show that similar to the hurricane composite, there is a separation between the kinematic and thermodynamic boundary layer heights in typhoons, with the thermodynamic boundary layer depth being much smaller than hinflow and hvtmax in the typhoon boundary layer. All three boundary layer height scales tend to decrease toward the storm center. Our results confirm that the conceptual model of Zhang et al. (2011a) for boundary layer height variation is applicable to typhoon conditions. The kinematic boundary layer structure is generally similar between the typhoon and hurricane composites, but the typhoon composite shows a deeper inflow layer outside the eyewall than the hurricane composite. The thermodynamic structure of the typhoon boundary layer composite is warmer and moister outside the radius of maximum wind speed than the hurricane composite. This difference is attributed to different environmental conditions associated with typhoons compared to the hurricanes studied here.
Tunable Antireflection Layers for Planar Bolometer Arrays
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Brown, Ari-David; Chuss, David; Woolack, Edward; Chervenak, James; Henry, Ross; Wray, James
2007-01-01
It remains a challenge to obtain high-efficiency coupling of far-infrared through millimeter radiation to large-format detector arrays. The conventional approach of increasing detector coupling is to use reflective backshorts. However, this approach often results in excessive systematic errors resulting from reflections off the backshort edge. An alternate approach to both increasing quantum efficiency and reducing systematics associated with stray light is to place an antireflective coating near the front surface of the array. When incorporated with a resistive layer and placed behind the detector focal plane, the AR coating can serve to prevent optical ghosting by capturing radiation transmitted through the detector. By etching a hexagonal pattern in silicon, in which the sizes of the hexes are smaller than the wavelength of incident radiation, it is possible to fabricate a material that has a controllable dielectric constant, thereby allowing for simple tunable optical device fabrication. To this end, we have fabricated and tested tunable silicon "honeycomb" AR layers and AR/resistive layer devices. These devices were fabricated entirely out of silicon in order to eliminate problems associated with differential contraction upon detector cooling.
Outer Layer Turbulence Similarity for Rough Wall Boundary Layers
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Flack, Karen
2005-11-01
The outer layer similarity hypothesis of Townsend states that the turbulence beyond a few roughness heights from the wall is independent of the surface condition. In order to explore a limiting roughness height for boundary layer similarity, an experimental investigation was carried out on six rough surfaces representing two types of three dimensional roughness (sandpaper and woven mesh) in which the boundary layer thickness to roughness height varied from 16 to 110. The measurements were conducted in a closed return water tunnel, over a momentum thickness Reynolds number range of 6,100 to 13,000, using a two-component, laser Doppler velocimeter (LDV). The Reynolds stresses, and higher-order moments, as well as quadrant analysis of the rough surfaces show collapse with smooth wall results outside of a roughness sublayer. These results indicate that turbulence similarity in the outer layer may be more robust than previously thought and changes to the turbulent structure appear to be confined to a roughness sublayer, even for very large roughness.
Teleseismic Array Studies of Earth's Core-Mantle Boundary
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Alexandrakis, Catherine
2011-12-01
The core mantle boundary (CMB) is an inaccessible and complex region, knowledge of which is vital to our understanding of many Earth processes. Above it is the heterogeneous lower-mantle. Below the boundary is the outer-core, composed of liquid iron, and/or nickel and some lighter elements. Elucidation of how these two distinct layers interact may enable researchers to better understand the geodynamo, global tectonics, and overall Earth history. One parameter that can be used to study structure and limit potential chemical compositions is seismic-wave velocity. Current global-velocity models have significant uncertainties in the 200 km above and below the CMB. In this thesis, these regions are studied using three methods. The upper outer core is studied using two seismic array methods. First, a modified vespa, or slant-stack method is applied to seismic observations at broadband seismic arrays, and at large, dense groups of broadband seismic stations dubbed 'virtual' arrays. Observations of core-refracted teleseismic waves, such as SmKS, are used to extract relative arrivaltimes. As with previous studies, lower -mantle heterogeneities influence the extracted arrivaltimes, giving significant scatter. To remove raypath effects, a new method was developed, called Empirical Transfer Functions (ETFs). When applied to SmKS waves, this method effectively isolates arrivaltime perturbations caused by outer core velocities. By removing raypath effects, the signals can be stacked further reducing scatter. The results of this work were published as a new 1D outer-core model, called AE09. This model describes a well-mixed outer core. Two array methods are used to detect lower mantle heterogeneities, in particular Ultra-Low Velocity Zones (ULVZs). The ETF method and beam forming are used to isolate a weak P-wave that diffracts along the CMB. While neither the ETF method nor beam forming could adequately image the low-amplitude phase, beam forms of two events indicate precursors to the SKS and SKKS phase, which may be ULVZ indicators. Finally, cross-correlated observed and modelled beams indicate a tendency towards a ULVZ-like lower mantle in the study region.
Boundary-Layer-Ingesting Inlet Flow Control
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Owens, Lewis R.; Allan, Brian G.; Gorton, Susan A.
2006-01-01
This paper gives an overview of a research study conducted in support of the small-scale demonstration of an active flow control system for a boundary-layer-ingesting (BLI) inlet. The effectiveness of active flow control in reducing engine inlet circumferential distortion was assessed using a 2.5% scale model of a 35% boundary-layer-ingesting flush-mounted, offset, diffusing inlet. This experiment was conducted in the NASA Langley 0.3-meter Transonic Cryogenic Tunnel at flight Mach numbers with a model inlet specifically designed for this type of testing. High mass flow actuators controlled the flow through distributed control jets providing the active flow control. A vortex generator point design configuration was also tested for comparison purposes and to provide a means to examine a hybrid vortex generator and control jets configuration. Measurements were made of the onset boundary layer, the duct surface static pressures, and the mass flow through the duct and the actuators. The distortion and pressure recovery were determined by 40 total pressure measurements on 8 rake arms each separated by 45 degrees and were located at the aerodynamic interface plane. The test matrix was limited to a maximum free-stream Mach number of 0.85 with scaled mass flows through the inlet for that condition. The data show that the flow control jets alone can reduce circumferential distortion (DPCP(sub avg)) from 0.055 to about 0.015 using about 2.5% of inlet mass flow. The vortex generators also reduced the circumferential distortion from 0.055 to 0.010 near the inlet mass flow design point. Lower inlet mass flow settings with the vortex generator configuration produced higher distortion levels that were reduced to acceptable levels using a hybrid vortex generator/control jets configuration that required less than 1% of the inlet mass flow.
Boundary-Layer-Ingesting Inlet Flow Control
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Owens, Lewis R.; Allan, Brian G.; Gorton, Susan A.
2006-01-01
This paper gives an overview of a research study conducted in support of the small-scale demonstration of an active flow control system for a boundary-layer-ingesting (BLI) inlet. The effectiveness of active flow control in reducing engine inlet circumferential distortion was assessed using a 2.5% scale model of a 35% boundary-layer-ingesting flush-mounted, offset, diffusing inlet. This experiment was conducted in the NASA Langley 0.3-meter Transonic Cryogenic Tunnel at flight Mach numbers with a model inlet specifically designed for this type of testing. High mass flow actuators controlled the flow through distributed control jets providing the active flow control. A vortex generator point design configuration was also tested for comparison purposes and to provide a means to examine a hybrid vortex generator and control jets configuration. Measurements were made of the onset boundary layer, the duct surface static pressures, and the mass flow through the duct and the actuators. The distortion and pressure recovery were determined by 40 total pressure measurements on 8 rake arms each separated by 45 degrees and were located at the aerodynamic interface plane. The test matrix was limited to a maximum free-stream Mach number of 0.85 with scaled mass flows through the inlet for that condition. The data show that the flow control jets alone can reduce circumferential distortion (DPCPavg) from 0.055 to about 0.015 using about 2.5% of inlet mass flow. The vortex generators also reduced the circumferential distortion from 0.055 to 0.010 near the inlet mass flow design point. Lower inlet mass flow settings with the vortex generator configuration produced higher distortion levels that were reduced to acceptable levels using a hybrid vortex generator/control jets configuration that required less than 1% of the inlet mass flow.
Simulation and optimal control of wind-farm boundary layers
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Meyers, Johan; Goit, Jay
2014-05-01
In large wind farms, the effect of turbine wakes, and their interaction leads to a reduction in farm efficiency, with power generated by turbines in a farm being lower than that of a lone-standing turbine by up to 50%. In very large wind farms or `deep arrays', this efficiency loss is related to interaction of the wind farms with the planetary boundary layer, leading to lower wind speeds at turbine level. Moreover, for these cases it has been demonstrated both in simulations and wind-tunnel experiments that the wind-farm energy extraction is dominated by the vertical turbulent transport of kinetic energy from higher regions in the boundary layer towards the turbine level. In the current study, we investigate the use of optimal control techniques combined with Large-Eddy Simulations (LES) of wind-farm boundary layer interaction for the increase of total energy extraction in very large `infinite' wind farms. We consider the individual wind turbines as flow actuators, whose energy extraction can be dynamically regulated in time so as to optimally influence the turbulent flow field, maximizing the wind farm power. For the simulation of wind-farm boundary layers we use large-eddy simulations in combination with actuator-disk and actuator-line representations of wind turbines. Simulations are performed in our in-house pseudo-spectral code SP-Wind that combines Fourier-spectral discretization in horizontal directions with a fourth-order finite-volume approach in the vertical direction. For the optimal control study, we consider the dynamic control of turbine-thrust coefficients in an actuator-disk model. They represent the effect of turbine blades that can actively pitch in time, changing the lift- and drag coefficients of the turbine blades. Optimal model-predictive control (or optimal receding horizon control) is used, where the model simply consists of the full LES equations, and the time horizon is approximately 280 seconds. The optimization is performed using a nonlinear conjugate gradient method, and the gradients are calculated by solving the adjoint LES equations. We find that the extracted farm power increases by approximately 20% when using optimal model-predictive control. However, the increased power output is also responsible for an increase in turbulent dissipation, and a deceleration of the boundary layer. Further investigating the energy balances in the boundary layer, it is observed that this deceleration is mainly occurring in the outer layer as a result of higher turbulent energy fluxes towards the turbines. In a second optimization case, we penalize boundary-layer deceleration, and find an increase of energy extraction of approximately 10%. In this case, increased energy extraction is balanced by a reduction in of turbulent dissipation in the boundary layer. J.M. acknowledges support from the European Research Council (FP7-Ideas, grant no. 306471). Simulations were performed on the computing infrastructure of the VSC Flemish Supercomputer Center, funded by the Hercules Foundation and the Flemish Government.
Boundary Layer Transition Flight Experiment Overview
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Berger, Karen T.; Anderson, Brian P.; Campbell, Charles H.; Garske, Michael T.; Saucedo, Luis A.; Kinder, Gerald R.; Micklos, Ann M.
2011-01-01
In support of the Boundary Layer Transition Flight Experiment (BLT FE) Project, a manufactured protuberance tile was installed on the port wing of Space Shuttle Orbiter Discovery for STS-119, STS-128, STS-131 and STS-133 as well as Space Shuttle Endeavour for STS-134. Additional instrumentation was installed in order to obtain more spatially resolved measurements downstream of the protuberance. This paper provides an overview of the BLT FE Project with emphasis on the STS-131 and STS-133 results. A high-level overview of the in-situ flight data is presented, along with a summary of the comparisons between pre- and post-flight analysis predictions and flight data. Comparisons show that empirically correlated predictions for boundary layer transition onset time closely match the flight data, while predicted surface temperatures were significantly higher than observed flight temperatures. A thermocouple anomaly observed on a number of the missions is discussed as are a number of the mitigation actions that will be taken on the final flight, STS-134, including potential alterations of the flight trajectory and changes to the flight instrumentation.
Flow Visualization in Supersonic Turbulent Boundary Layers.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Smith, Michael Wayne
This thesis is a collection of novel flow visualizations of two different flat-plate, zero pressure gradient, supersonic, turbulent boundary layers (M = 2.8, Re _theta ~ 82,000, and M = 2.5, Re_ theta ~ 25,000, respectively). The physics of supersonic shear flows has recently drawn increasing attention with the renewed interest in flight at super and hypersonic speeds. This work was driven by the belief that the study of organized, Reynolds -stress producing turbulence structures will lead to improved techniques for the modelling and control of high-speed boundary layers. Although flow-visualization is often thought of as a tool for providing qualitative information about complex flow fields, in this thesis an emphasis is placed on deriving quantitative results from image data whenever possible. Three visualization techniques were applied--'selective cut-off' schlieren, droplet seeding, and Rayleigh scattering. Two experiments employed 'selective cut-off' schlieren. In the first, high-speed movies (40,000 fps) were made of strong density gradient fronts leaning downstream at between 30^circ and 60^ circ and travelling at about 0.9U _infty. In the second experiment, the same fronts were detected with hot-wires and imaged in real time, thus allowing the examination of the density gradient fronts and their associated single-point mass -flux signals. Two experiments employed droplet seeding. In both experiments, the boundary layer was seeded by injecting a stream of acetone through a single point in the wall. The acetone is atomized by the high shear at the wall into a 'fog' of tiny (~3.5mu m) droplets. In the first droplet experiment, the fog was illuminated with copper-vapor laser sheets of various orientations. The copper vapor laser pulses 'froze' the fog motion, revealing a variety of organized turbulence structures, some with characteristic downstream inclinations, others with large-scale roll-up on the scale of delta. In the second droplet experiment, high-speed movies were made of the fog under general illumination, thus providing information about the streamwise evolution of the structures seen in the planar stills. Rayleigh scattering from a laser sheet was used to create instantaneous density cross-sections in the M = 2.5 boundary layer. The Rayleigh scattering experiment represents the first measurement of the instantaneous 2-D field of an intrinsic fluid property in any boundary layer. Imaged by an intensified UV camera, scattering from the Argon-Fluoride laser (193 nm) revealed density structures with sharp interfaces between high and low-density fluid. These pictures were also used to generated quantitative turbulence information. Density pdf profiles, intermittency values, density correlations, and structure shape data were derived with standard digital image-processing techniques.
SUPERSONIC SHEAR INSTABILITIES IN ASTROPHYSICAL BOUNDARY LAYERS
Belyaev, Mikhail A.; Rafikov, Roman R., E-mail: rrr@astro.princeton.edu [Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, Ivy Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540 (United States)
2012-06-20
Disk accretion onto weakly magnetized astrophysical objects often proceeds via a boundary layer (BL) that forms near the object's surface, in which the rotation speed of the accreted gas changes rapidly. Here, we study the initial stages of formation for such a BL around a white dwarf or a young star by examining the hydrodynamical shear instabilities that may initiate mixing and momentum transport between the two fluids of different densities moving supersonically with respect to each other. We find that an initially laminar BL is unstable to two different kinds of instabilities. One is an instability of a supersonic vortex sheet (implying a discontinuous initial profile of the angular speed of the gas) in the presence of gravity, which we find to have a growth rate of order (but less than) the orbital frequency. The other is a sonic instability of a finite width, supersonic shear layer, which is similar to the Papaloizou-Pringle instability. It has a growth rate proportional to the shear inside the transition layer, which is of order the orbital frequency times the ratio of stellar radius to the BL thickness. For a BL that is thin compared to the radius of the star, the shear rate is much larger than the orbital frequency. Thus, we conclude that sonic instabilities play a dominant role in the initial stages of nonmagnetic BL formation and give rise to very fast mixing between disk gas and stellar fluid in the supersonic regime.
Boundary layer roll circulations during FIRE
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Shirer, Hampton N.; Haack, Tracy
1990-01-01
The probable mechanism underlying the development of boundary layer roll circulations are studied using wind and temperature profiles measured by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Electra during the stratocumulus phase of the First ISCCP Regional Experiment (FIRE). The expected, or preferred, roll orientations, horizontal wavelengths, and propagation periods are determined by finding the minimum values of the dynamic and thermodynamic forcing parameters, which here are the eddy Reynolds number (Re) and moist Rayleigh number (Ra sub m). These minimum values depend on the height z sub T of the capping temperature inversion and on the values of the Fourier coefficients of the background height-dependent vector wind profile. As input to our nonlinear spectral model, descent and ascent runs by the Electra provide for initial estimates of the inversion height and the wind profiles. In the first phase of the investigation presented here, a mechanism is said to be a probable contributor to the development of roll circulations within the stratocumulus-topped boundary layer if the modeled roll orientation and wavelengths agree with their observed values. Preliminary results using the 14-coefficient model of Haack-Hirschberg (1988) are discussed for the 7 July 1987 Electra Mission 188-A (Flight 5). This mission was flown across a sharp cloud boundary that was within a LANDSAT/SPOT scene. The stratocumulus deck was relatively solid in the eastern part of the scene, while there was a rapid decrease in cloud cover to scattered cumulus clouds aligned in streets to the west. These cloud streets were oriented nearly parallel to the mean wind direction in the layer, which was approximately 340 degrees. The hypothesis that roll circulations occurred in both the relatively clear and the cloudy regions is investigated using as model input a descent profile obtained in the relatively clear air and an ascent profile obtained in the cloudy air. Initial results for the clear air case are that the pure inflection point mode is not possible and the pure thermal mode was oriented 35 degrees to the right of the mean wind direction. The origin of this unacceptably large discrepancy between the observed and modeled results will be investigated further and the conclusions reported at the next FIRE workshop.
Model of Trace Gas Flux in Boundary Layer
I. I. Vasenev; I. S. Nurgaliev
2013-03-04
Mathematical model of the turbulent flux in the three-layer boundary system is presented. Turbulence is described as a presence of the nonzero vorticity. Generalized advection-diffusion-reaction equation is derived for arbitrary number components in the flux. The fluxes in the layers are objects for matching requirements on the boundaries between the layers.
Ozone Chemistry in the High-Latitude Boundary Layer
Toohey, Darin W.
Ozone Chemistry in the High-Latitude Boundary Layer Linnea Avallone Department of Atmospheric layer ozone loss phenomenon · In situ observations of BrO at Arctic sites · Preliminary results from of boundary layer ozone loss #12;· Tropospheric Ozone has significant climate forcing at poles · ODEs affect
WAVE TRANSMISSION THROUGH RANDOM LAYERING WITH PRESSURE RELEASE BOUNDARY CONDITIONS
Garnier, Josselin
conditions in which the boundaries are transparent. In this paper we show that the boundary conditions playWAVE TRANSMISSION THROUGH RANDOM LAYERING WITH PRESSURE RELEASE BOUNDARY CONDITIONS JOSSELIN. The problem is analyzed in a regime of separation of scales and with pressure release boundary conditions
Chemistry of a polluted cloudy boundary layer
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Jacob, Daniel J.; Gottlieb, Elaine W.; Prather, Michael J.
1989-01-01
A one-dimensional photochemical model for cloud-topped boundary layers has been developed to include descriptions of gas- and aqueous-phase chemistry and the radiation field in and below the cloud. The model is applied to the accumulation of pollutants during a wintertime episode with low stratus over Bakersfield, CA. The mechanisms of sulfate production and the balance between the concentrations of acids and bases are examined. It is shown that most of the sulfate production may be explained by the Fe(III)-catalyzed autoxidation of S(IV). Another source of sulfate is the oxidation of SO2 by OH in both the gas and the aqueous phase. It is shown that the sulfate production in the model is controlled by the availability of NH3. It is suggested that this explains the balance observed between total concentration of acids and bases.
SODAR applications for estimating boundary layer parameters
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Capanni, Annalisa; Gualtieri, Giovanni
1999-12-01
An application of Doppler SODAR technique has been made in order to evaluate the main atmospheric variables affecting the boundary layer structure in a plain terrain. Besides directly monitoring such meteorological variables as wind profiles, the application of a number of methods and algorithms enabled the estimation of features such as atmospheric turbulence, Monin-Obukhov length, friction velocity and PBL depth, which are all crucial for both straightforward meteorological applications and as an input to atmospheric pollutant dispersion models. Such a study has been developed within a SODAR measurement campaign carried out by the Laboratorio per la Meteorologia e la Modellistica Ambientale in cooperation with the research center of ENEL/CRAM during the 1997-98 wintertime in the industrial area of Campi Bisenzio (near Florence), Italy.
Nonstationary atmospheric boundary layer turbulence simulation
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Fichtl, G. H.; Perlmutter, M.
1974-01-01
Report on a new and general technique for simulating atmospheric turbulence-like random processes which are statistically homogeneous along the horizontal and nonhomogeneous along the vertical. This technique is general in the sense that it can be used for a broad class of similar problems. Like the other presently available schemes, the techniques presented are based on the Dryden hypothesis and Taylor's frozen eddy hypothesis; however, they go a step further by utilizing certain self-similarity properties of the Dryden spectral density function which permits the development of height invariant filters. These filters are in turn used to generate vertically homogeneous (statistically) random processes from which turbulence at any specified level in the boundary layer can be simulated, thus facilitating the simulation of a nonstationary turbulence process along the flight path of an aircraft during take-off or landing.
Turbulent boundary layers developing over compliant surfaces
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lekoudis, S. G.; Sengupta, T.
1983-05-01
The problem of reducing drag due to skin friction remains of interest. This is the case because of the significant benefits that would result from an application of a drag reducing scheme on airplanes, ships or underwater vehicles. One of the techniques that have been proposed for such a scheme is wall compliance. Wall compliance could, in principle, work in two ways: either it could delay transition, or it could modify the inner part of a turbulent boundary layer so that reduced skin friction would result. The objective of this research program was to develop prediction techniques for high Reynolds number turbulent flows over compliant surfaces. This objective was pursued by evaluating the wall induced Reynolds stresses using solutions of the liner momentum equations.
The boundary layer on compressor cascade blades
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Deutsch, S.; Zierke, W. C.
1984-01-01
The flow field about an airfoil in a cascade at chord Reynolds number (R sub C) near 50,000. The program is experimental and combines laser Doppler anemometry (LDA) with flow visualization techniques in order to obtain detailed flow data (e.g., boundary layer profiles, points of separation and the transition zone) on a cascade of highly-loaded compressor blades. The information provided is to serve as benchmark data for the evaluation of current and future compressor cascade predictive models, in this way aiding in the compressor design process. The completed pressure surface mean velocity profiles, as well as two detailed near wake velocity profiles, all at a single incidence angle are provided.
Modelling of the Evolving Stable Boundary Layer
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sorbjan, Zbigniew
2014-06-01
A single-column model of the evolving stable boundary layer (SBL) is tested for self-similar properties of the flow and effects of ambient forcing. The turbulence closure of the model is diagnostic, based on the K-theory approach, with a semi-empirical form of the mixing length, and empirical stability functions of the Richardson number. The model results, expressed in terms of local similarity scales, are universal functions, satisfied in the entire SBL. Based on similarity expression, a realizability condition is derived for the minimum allowable turbulent heat flux in the SBL. Numerical experiments show that the development of "horse-shoe" shaped, fixed-elevation hodographs in the interior of the SBL around sunrise is controlled by effects imposed by surface thermal forcing.
Diverging boundary layers with zero streamwise pressure gradient
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Pauley, Wayne R.; Eaton, John K.; Cutler, Andrew D.
1989-01-01
The effects of spanwise divergence on the boundary layer forming between a pair of embedded streamwise vortices with the common flow between them directed toward the wall was studied. Measurements indicate that divergence controls the rate of development of the boundary layer and that large divergence significantly retards boundary layer growth and enhances skin friction. For strongly diverging boundary layers, divergence accounts for nearly all of the local skin friction. Even with divergence, however, the local similarity relationships for two-dimensional boundary layers are satisfactory. Although divergence modifies the mean development of the boundary layer, it does not significantly modify the turbulence structure. In the present experiments with a zero streamwise pressure gradient, it was found that spanwise divergence dit not significantly affect the Reynolds stress and the turbulent triple product distributions.
Active Boundary Layer Trip for Supersonic Flows
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Schloegel, F.; Panigua, G.; Tirtey, S.
2009-01-01
The last decade has been full of excitement and success for the hypersonic community thanks to various Scramjet ground tests and launches. These studies have shown promising potentials but the viability to perform commercial flights at Mach 8 is still to be demonstrated. An ideal Scramjet is one which is capable of self- starting over a wide range of angles of attack and Mach number. The Scramjet designer has to ensure that the boundary layer over the inlet ramp is fully turbulent where shocks impact, hence reducing the risks of chocked flow conditions. Most studies have issued the efficiency of roughness trip to trigger the boundary layer transition. At hypersonic speed, heat transfer and drag dramatically increase resulting in skin friction averaging at 40% of the overall drag. This study investigates the possibility of triggering transition using perpendicular air jets on a flat plate place in a hypersonic cross-flow. Experiments were conducted in the von Karman Institute hypersonic blow down wind tunnel H3. This facility is mounted with a Mach 6 contoured nozzles and provides flows with Reynolds number in the range of 10x106/m to 30x106/m. The model consist of a flat plate manufactured with a built -in settling chamber, equipped with a pressure tap and a thermocouple to monitor the jet conditions. A first flat plate was manufactured with a black-coated Plexiglas top, for surface heat transfer measurement using an infrared camera. On the second model, a Upilex sheet equipped with 32 thin film gages was glued, time dependent heat transfer measurements up to 60kHz. The jet injection conditions have been varied and a Mach number of 5.5 kept constant. The flow topology was investigated using fast schlieren techniques and oil flow, in order to gain a better understanding.
Acoustics of laminar boundary layers breakdown
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Wang, Meng
1994-01-01
Boundary layer flow transition has long been suggested as a potential noise source in both marine (sonar-dome self noise) and aeronautical (aircraft cabin noise) applications, owing to the highly transient nature of process. The design of effective noise control strategies relies upon a clear understanding of the source mechanisms associated with the unsteady flow dynamics during transition. Due to formidable mathematical difficulties, theoretical predictions either are limited to early linear and weakly nonlinear stages of transition, or employ acoustic analogy theories based on approximate source field data, often in the form of empirical correlation. In the present work, an approach which combines direct numerical simulation of the source field with the Lighthill acoustic analogy is utilized. This approach takes advantage of the recent advancement in computational capabilities to obtain detailed information about the flow-induced acoustic sources. The transitional boundary layer flow is computed by solving the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations without model assumptions, thus allowing a direct evaluation of the pseudosound as well as source functions, including the Lighthill stress tensor and the wall shear stress. The latter are used for calculating the radiated pressure field based on the Curle-Powell solution of the Lighthill equation. This procedure allows a quantitative assessment of noise source mechanisms and the associated radiation characteristics during transition from primary instability up to the laminar breakdown stage. In particular, one is interested in comparing the roles played by the fluctuating volume Reynolds stress and the wall-shear-stresses, and in identifying specific flow processes and structures that are effective noise generators.
Halogen chemistry in the marine boundary layer
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Plane, J. M. C.; Gomez Martin, J. C.; Kumar, R.; Mahajan, A. S.; Oetjen, H.; Saunders, R. W.
2009-04-01
Important atmospheric sources of iodine include the air-sea exchange of biogenic iodocarbons, and the emission of I2 from macro-algae. The major source of bromine is the release of bromide ions from sea-salt aerosol. The subsequent atmospheric chemistry of these halogens (1), changes the oxidizing capacity of the marine boundary layer by destroying ozone and changing the hydroxyl radical concentration; (2), reacts efficiently with dimethyl sulphide and mercury (in the polar regions); and (3), leads to the formation of ultra-fine particles which may contribute to cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) and hence affect climate. This paper will report observations of IO, BrO, OIO and I2 made by the technique of differential optical absorption spectroscopy, in several contrasting marine environments: the equatorial mid-Atlantic (Cape Verde); mid-latitude clean coastal (Mace Head, Ireland); polluted coastal (Roscoff, France); and the polar marine boundary layer (Hudson Bay, Canada). Both IO and BrO are observed in all these locations at significant concentrations (> 1 pptv), and so have a major impact on (1) and (2) above. To complement the field campaigns we have also carried out wide-ranging laboratory investigation. A new study of OIO photochemistry shows that absorption in the visible bands between 490 and 630 nm leads to I atom production with a quantum yield of unity, which now means that iodine is a particularly powerful ozone-depleting agent. We have also studied the formation and growth kinetics of iodine oxide nano-particles, and their uptake of water, sulphuric acid and di-carboxylic organic acids, in order to model their growth to a size where they can act as CCN. Their ice-nucleating properties will also be reported.
Effect of Pulsed Plasma Jets on Reflected Shock-Turbulent Boundary Layer Interaction
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Greene, Benton R.; Clemens, Noel T.; Magari, Patrick; Micka, Daniel
2013-11-01
Shock-induced turbulent boundary layer separation can have many detrimental effects in supersonic inlets including flow instability, fatigue of structural panels, poor pressure recovery, and unstart. Pulsed plasma jets (or ``spark jets''), zero net mass flow jets characterized by high bandwidth and the ability to direct momentum into the flow, are one promising method of reducing shock-induced separation and boundary layer distortion. The current study is focused on investigating the efficacy of pulsed plasma jets to reduce the boundary layer distortion induced by a reflected shock interaction in a Mach 3 flow. A 7° shock generator placed outside the tunnel ceiling boundary layer produces an incident shock on the floor of the tunnel of sufficient strength to induce separation. An array of pulsed plasma jets are placed approximately 2 boundary layer thicknesses upstream of the interaction and pulsed at between 1 kHz and 4 kHz. PIV is used to investigate the effect of the jets on the nature of the separation as well as the boundary layer distortion and pressure recovery downstream of the interaction. Shock-induced turbulent boundary layer separation can have many detrimental effects in supersonic inlets including flow instability, fatigue of structural panels, poor pressure recovery, and unstart. Pulsed plasma jets (or ``spark jets''), zero net mass flow jets characterized by high bandwidth and the ability to direct momentum into the flow, are one promising method of reducing shock-induced separation and boundary layer distortion. The current study is focused on investigating the efficacy of pulsed plasma jets to reduce the boundary layer distortion induced by a reflected shock interaction in a Mach 3 flow. A 7° shock generator placed outside the tunnel ceiling boundary layer produces an incident shock on the floor of the tunnel of sufficient strength to induce separation. An array of pulsed plasma jets are placed approximately 2 boundary layer thicknesses upstream of the interaction and pulsed at between 1 kHz and 4 kHz. PIV is used to investigate the effect of the jets on the nature of the separation as well as the boundary layer distortion and pressure recovery downstream of the interaction. Funded through AFRL in collaboration with Creare, Inc.
Boundary Layer Transition Flight Experiment Implementation on OV-103
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Spanos, Theodoros A.
2009-01-01
This slide presentation reviews the boundary layer transition experiment flown on Discovery. The purpose of the boundary layer transition flight experiment was to obtain hypersonic aero-thermodynamic data for the purpose of better understanding the flow transition from a laminar to turbulent boundary layer using a known height protuberance. The preparation of the shuttle is described, with the various groups responsibilities outlined. Views of the shuttle in flight with the experimental results are shown.
Quadrature formulas for functions with a boundary-layer component
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zadorin, A. I.; Zadorin, N. A.
2011-11-01
Quadrature formulas for one-variable functions with a boundary-layer component are constructed and studied. It is assumed that the integrand can be represented as the sum of a regular and a boundary-layer component, the latter having high gradients that reduce the accuracy of classical quadrature formulas, such as the trapezoidal and Simpson rules. The formulas are modified so that their error is independent of the gradients of the boundary-layer component. Results of numerical experiments are presented.
Flow Coefficient Behavior for Boundary Layer Bleed Holes and Slots
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Willis, B. P.; Davis, D. O.; Hingst, W. R.
1995-01-01
An experimental investigation into the flow coefficient behavior for nine boundary layer bleed orifice configurations is reported. This test was conducted for the purposes of exploring boundary layer control through mass flow removal and does not address issues of stability bleed. Parametric data consist of bleed region flow coefficient as a function of Mach number, bleed plenum pressure, and bleed orifice geometry. Seven multiple hole configurations and two single slot configurations were tested over a supersonic Mach number range of 1.3 to 2.5 (nominal). Advantages gained by using multiple holes in a bleed region instead of a single spanwise slot are discussed and the issue of modeling an entire array of bleed orifices based on the performance of a single orifice is addressed. Preconditioning the flow approaching a 90 degree inclined (normal) hole configuration resulted in a significant improvement in the performance of the configuration. The same preconditioning caused only subtle changes in performance for a 20 degree inclined (slanted) configuration.
Characteristic Lifelength of Coherent Structure in the Turbulent Boundary Layer
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Palumbo, Daniel L.
2006-01-01
A characteristic lifelength is defined by which a Gaussian distribution is fit to data correlated over a 3 sensor array sampling streamwise sidewall pressure. The data were acquired at subsonic, transonic and supersonic speeds aboard a Tu-144. Lifelengths are estimated using the cross spectrum and are shown to compare favorably with Efimtsov's prediction of correlation space scales. Lifelength distributions are computed in the time/frequency domain using an interval correlation technique on the continuous wavelet transform of the original time data. The median values of the lifelength distributions are found to be very close to the frequency averaged result. The interval correlation technique is shown to allow the retrieval and inspection of the original time data of each event in the lifelength distribution, thus providing a means to locate and study the nature of the coherent structure in the turbulent boundary layer. The lifelength data can be converted to lifetimes using the convection velocity. The lifetime of events in the time/frequency domain are displayed in Lifetime Maps. The primary purpose of the paper is to validate these new analysis techniques so that they can be used with confidence to further characterize coherent structure in the turbulent boundary layer.
Transition Zone as a Boundary Layer
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Dziewonski, A. M.; Lekic, V.; Kustowski, B.; Romanowicz, B. A.
2006-12-01
Three dimensional Earth models (Ritsema et al., 2004; Panning and Romanowicz, 2006; Kustowski et al., 2006) derived using data that have good control on the structure in the transition zone (body-wave waveforms or overtone measurements) all show a discontinuous or very rapid change in the spectrum of lateral heterogeneity at the boundary between the upper and lower mantle. This was first pointed out by Woodward et al. (1994) and discussed in detail by Gu et al. (2001). All models have a strong chemical/thermal/mechanical boundary layer beginning just under the Moho and extending to 200-250 km; this heterogeneity is dominated by degrees five and six caused by the distribution of cratons and mid-oceanic ridges. The power spectrum decreases rapidly below that depth, but then begins to increase at about 400 km. It is dominated by degree two down to the 660 km discontinuity. There, it changes from very red to white at the top of the lower mantle. This is a planetary scale phenomenon that which must affect the flow of material and mixing in the mantle. Similar spectra have been generated in mantle convection models that considered the effect of an endothermic phase change (Tackley et al., 1994). The existence of this boundary layer is supported by the pattern of large scale positive velocity anomalies in the transition zone in places where subduction occurs (thus indicating ponding of slabs), large-wavelength variations in the topography of the 660 km discontinuity, variations in thickness of the transition zone and deep earthquakes outside the main Wadati-Benioff zones as well as changes in their mechanisms. During the last decade, the debate on the scale of mantle convection was strongly affected by images of slabs appearing to penetrate into the lower mantle. Relatively detailed mapping of velocity anomalies in the vicinity of slabs is feasible, because of illumination of these regions by earthquakes; these models do not tell much aboutt velocity anomalies in other places. However, the power spectra estimates are global and tell us about the behavior of the mantle as the whole. The reported pattern of the power spectra does not exclude an exchange of material between the upper and lower mantle; there may be local penetration of subducted material or there may be episodic events such as "avalanches". However, successful models of mantle convection should be able to explain the change in the spectra of lateral heterogeneity such as revealed by global tomographic models, obtained with the requisite data sets.
Improved Boundary Layer Depth Retrievals from MPLNET
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Lewis, Jasper R.; Welton, Ellsworth J.; Molod, Andrea M.; Joseph, Everette
2013-01-01
Continuous lidar observations of the planetary boundary layer (PBL) depth have been made at the Micropulse Lidar Network (MPLNET) site in Greenbelt, MD since April 2001. However, because of issues with the operational PBL depth algorithm, the data is not reliable for determining seasonal and diurnal trends. Therefore, an improved PBL depth algorithm has been developed which uses a combination of the wavelet technique and image processing. The new algorithm is less susceptible to contamination by clouds and residual layers, and in general, produces lower PBL depths. A 2010 comparison shows the operational algorithm overestimates the daily mean PBL depth when compared to the improved algorithm (1.85 and 1.07 km, respectively). The improved MPLNET PBL depths are validated using radiosonde comparisons which suggests the algorithm performs well to determine the depth of a fully developed PBL. A comparison with the Goddard Earth Observing System-version 5 (GEOS-5) model suggests that the model may underestimate the maximum daytime PBL depth by 410 m during the spring and summer. The best agreement between MPLNET and GEOS-5 occurred during the fall and they diered the most in the winter.
Effects of Controlled Three-Dimensional Perturbations on Boundary Layer Transition
Steven Philip Schneider
1989-01-01
The laminar-turbulent transition in a flat plate boundary layer was studied experimentally using a spanwise array of computer-controlled surface heating elements. The elements were used to introduce disturbances at a point just downstream of the critical Reynolds number. When sinusoidal heating at an unstable frequency is carried out, instability waves develop and grow as they travel downstream. Measurements were made
VARIATIONS IN MARINE BOUNDARY LAYER CLOUD PROPERTIES FROM MODIS OBSERVATIONS
VARIATIONS IN MARINE BOUNDARY LAYER CLOUD PROPERTIES FROM MODIS OBSERVATIONS Michael Jensenl-termmicrophysicaland macroscalecharacteristics usingobservationsfrom the Moderate ResolutionImagingSpectroradiometer (MODIS) instrumentaboard
The effect of an aircraft's boundary layer on propeller noise
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Belyaev, I. V.
2012-07-01
This study concerns the influence of the boundary layer at an aircraft's fuselage, simulated by an infinite hard cylinder, on propeller noise in the acoustic far field. Also studied is the effect of the boundary layer on noise as a function of the thickness and profile of the mean velocity of the boundary layer, the Mach number of the incident flow, and the rotation speed of the propeller. It is shown that the boundary layer at the fuselage can substantially modify propeller noise in the far field and should therefore be taken into account in calculating community noise.
Mixing length in low Reynolds number compressible turbulent boundary layers
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Bushnell, D. M.; Cary, A. M., Jr.; Holley, B. B.
1975-01-01
The paper studies the effect of low Reynolds number in high-speed turbulent boundary layers on variations of mixing length. Boundary layers downstream of natural transition on plates, cones and cylinders, and boundary layers on nozzle walls without laminarization-retransition are considered. The problem of whether low Reynolds number amplification of shear stress is a result of transitional flow structure is considered. It is concluded that a knowledge of low Reynolds number boundary layer transition may be relevant to the design of high-speed vehicles.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nowotarski, Christopher J.
Nearly all previous numerical simulations of supercell thunderstorms have neglected surface uxes of heat, moisture, and momentum as well as horizontal inhomogeneities in the near-storm environment from resulting dry boundary layer convection. This investigation uses coupled radiation and land-surface schemes within an idealized cloud model to identify the effects of organized boundary layer convection in the form of horizontal convective rolls (HCRs) on the strength, structure, and evolution of simulated supercell thunderstorms. The in uence of HCRs and the importance of their orientation relative to storm motion is tested by comparing simulations with a convective boundary layer (CBL) against those with a horizontally homogeneous base state having the same mean environment. The impact of anvil shading on the CBL is tested by comparing simulations with and without the effects of clouds in the radiative transfer scheme. The results of these simulations indicate that HCRs provide a potentially important source of environmental vertical vorticity in the sheared, near-storm boundary layer. These vorticity perturbations are amplified both beneath the main supercell updraft and along the trailing out ow boundary, leading to the formation of occasionally intense misovortices. HCRs perpendicular to storm motion are found to have a detrimental effect on the strength and persistence of the lowlevel mesocyclone, particularly during its initial development. Though the mean environment is less supportive of low-level rotation with a wind profile conducive to HCRs oriented parallel to storm motion, such HCRs are found to often enhance the low-level mesocyclone circulation. When anvil shading is included, stabilization results in generally weaker low-level mesocyclone circulation, regardless of HCR orientation. Moreover, HCRs diminish in the near-storm environment such that the effects of HCRs on the supercell are mitigated. HCRs are also shown to be a necessary condition for the formation of so-called "feeder clouds" and anking line convection in these simulations. These findings suggest potentially important rami fications regarding both non-mesocyclone and mesocyclone tornadoes in supercell thunderstorms in an environment with active boundary layer convection.
Green House Gases Flux Model in Boundary Layer
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nurgaliev, Ildus
Analytical dynamic model of the turbulent flux in the three-layer boundary system is presented. Turbulence is described as a presence of the non-zero vorticity. The generalized advection-diffusion-reaction equation is derived for an arbitrary number of components in the flux. The fluxes in the layers are objects for matching requirements on the boundaries between the layers. Different types of transport mechanisms are dominant on the different levels of the layers.
An investigation of planetary convection: The role of boundary layers
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
King, Eric M.
Thermal and gravitational energy sources drive turbulent convection in Earth's vast liquid metal outer core. These fluid motions generate the electric currents that are believed to power Earth's magnetic field through a process known as dynamo action. Core flow is subject to the influence of Earth's rotation via the Coriolis force, which has an organizational effect on otherwise chaotic motions. Furthermore the magnetic field generated by convection acts back on the flow via Lorentz forces. Fluid motions in Earth's core, and the magnetic field generating regions of other planets and stars, are then governed by three main ingredients: convection, rotation, and magnetic fields. The goal of my Ph.D. research is to further our understanding of the systematic fluid dynamics occurring in dynamo systems. To accomplish this, I have developed a unique experimental device that allows me to produce fluid conditions approaching those expected in Earth's core and other planetary and stellar environments. The results presented here stem from a broad parameter survey of non-magnetic, rotating convection. In this study, I examine the interplay between rotation and convection by broadly varying the strength of each and measuring the efficiency of convective heat transfer. This parameter survey allows me to argue that the importance of rotation in convection dynamics is determined by boundary layer physics, where the Ekman (rotating) and thermal (non-rotating) boundary layers compete for control of convection dynamics. I develop a simple predictive scaling of this convective regime transition using theoretical boundary layer thickness scalings. This transition scaling permits a unified description of heat transfer in rotating convection, which reconciles contrasting results from previous studies. I also extend this experimental result to a broad array of numerical dynamo models, arguing that the boundary layer control of convective regimes is also evident in the dynamo models. A notable implication of this regime transition scaling is that it is much easier than previously thought for non-rotating style dynamics to occur in convection experiments and simulations, and perhaps also in planets and stars.
Boundary layer features observed during NAME 2004
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Stuckmeyer, Elizabeth A.
2011-12-01
S-Pol radar data from the North American Monsoon Experiment (NAME) are examined to investigate the characteristics of sea breezes that occurred during the North American Monsoon in the late summer of 2004, as well as their role in modulating monsoon convection. Zero degree plan position indicated (PPI) scans were examined to determine the presence of a sea breeze fine line in the S-Pol radar data. Sea breeze fine lines were typically observed over land very near the coast of the Gulf of California (GoC), and usually moved onshore around 1700--1800 UTC (11:00 AM--12:00 PM local time), and then continued to move slowly inland on the coastal plain. The sea breezes typically moved on land and dissipated before any significant interactions with Sierra Madre Occidental (SMO) convection could occur. Fine lines varied in reflectivity strength, but were typically around 10 to 20 dBZ. Surface winds from the Estacion Obispo (ETO) supersite were analyzed to confirm the presence of a shift in wind direction on days in which a fine line had been identified. Typically winds changed from light and variable to consistently out of the west or southwest. Vertical plots of S-Pol reflectivity were created to examine sea breeze structure in the vertical, but these were not found to be useful as the sea breeze signature was nearly impossible to distinguish from other boundary layer features. Horizontal structure was further investigated using wind profiler relative reflectivity, vertical velocity, and horizontal winds from the profiler located at ETO. Relative reflectivity and vertical velocity fields revealed a complex boundary layer structure on some days of repeating updrafts and downdrafts. Further examination of S-Pol PPI data revealed that these vertical motions are likely due to the presence of horizontal convective rolls. Profiler horizontal winds revealed that the depth and vertical structure of the sea breezes varied significantly from day to day, but that the height of the sea breeze is around 1 km above the ground. Sea breezes observed during NAME almost never initiated convection on their own. It is hypothesized that a weak thermal contrast between the GoC and the land leads to comparatively weak sea breezes, which don't have enough lift to trigger convection.
Effect of externally generated turbulence on wave boundary layer
Jørgen Fredsøe; B. Mutlu Sumer; Andrzej Kozakiewicz; Lloyd H. C Chua; Rolf Deigaard
2003-01-01
This experimental study deals with the effect of externally generated turbulence on the oscillatory boundary layer to simulate the turbulence in the wave boundary layer (WBL) under broken waves in the swash zone. The subject has been investigated experimentally in a U-shaped, oscillating water tunnel with a smooth bottom. Turbulence was generated ‘externally’ as the flow in the oscillator was
Direct Numerical Simulation of a Quasilaminarized Boundary Layer
Luciano Castillo; Juan Guillermo Araya; Raul Bayoan Cal
2010-01-01
Direct Numerical Simulations of spatially-evolving turbulent boundary layers with strong favorable pressure gradients are performed. The driven force behind this investigation is elucidate the mechanisms responsible for the quasi-laminarization of the boundary layer. Budgets of the turbulent kinetic energy and the shear Reynolds stresses provide insight into the terms responsible for this phenomenon. The results also confirm the similarity analysis
Effects of simulated combustor turbulence on boundary layer heat transfer
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Ames, F. E.; Moffat, R. J.
1990-01-01
A simulated combustor flow field has been generated in order to study the effects of high intensity large scale turbulence on boundary layer heat transfer. Turbulence intensities of up to 19 percent and integral lengths scales of 4 to 6 centimeters have been generated. Heat transfer has been augmented by up to 28 percent for the flat plate constant velocity turbulent boundary layer.
Turbulence Structure and Wall Signature in Hypersonic Turbulent Boundary Layer
Martín, Pino
Turbulence Structure and Wall Signature in Hypersonic Turbulent Boundary Layer Yin-Chiu Kan , Clara and hypersonic turbulent boundary layer datasets from direct numerical simulation (DNS). Contour plots and Marusic5 and Mathis, Hutchins and Marusic16 ). In contrast to supersonic and hypersonic flow regimes
The Boundary Layer Height in Air Stress Measurement
F. D. CARSEY
The height of the boundary layer, Z,, as derived from acoustic radar soundings is used to examine wind profiles from pilot balloon tracking. The result is a tentative empirical stress law, seasonal variation of stress andZf, and an apparent boundary layer baroclinity which is not reflected in wind shear above Z,. The stress law is T = VzpfZfi sin a,
An electrostatically actuated valve for turbulent boundary layer control
J. R. Frutos; D. Vernier; F. Bastien; M. de Labachelerie; Y. Bailly
2005-01-01
A large displacement electrostatic valve has been designed and realized for a realistic turbulent boundary layer control. This actuator consists of a pair of rigid electrodes and a flexible film having a S-shape providing local high electrostatic forces required for controling rather large pressure differences. The aim is the reattachment of the boundary layer near an aircraft flap trailing edge
A boundary layer model for magnetospheric substorms
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Rostoker, Gordon; Eastman, Tim
1987-01-01
An alternative framework for understanding magnetospheric substorm activity is presented. It is argued that observations of magnetic field and plasma flow variations in the magnetotail can be explained in terms of the passage of the plasma sheet boundary layer over the satellite detecting the tail signatures. It is shown that field-aligned currents and particle acceleration processes on magnetic field lines threading the ionospheric Harang discontinuity lead to the distinctive particle and field signatures observed in the magnetotail during substorms. It is demonstrated that edge effects of field-aligned currents associated with the westward traveling surge can lead to the negative B(z) perturbations observed in the tail that are presently attributed to observations made on the anti-earthward side of a near-earth neutral line. Finally, it is shown that the model can provide a physical explanation of both the driven system and the loading-unloading system whose combined effects provide the observed substorm perturbation pattern in the magnetosphere and ionosphere.
Effect of sound on boundary layer stability
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Saric, William S.; Spencer, Shelly Anne
1993-01-01
Experiments are conducted in the Arizona State University Unsteady Wind Tunnel with a zero-pressure-gradient flat-plate model that has a 67:1 elliptical leading edge. Boundary-layer measurements are made of the streamwise fluctuating-velocity component in order to identify the amplified T-S waves that are forced by downstream-traveling sound waves. Measurements are taken with circular 3-D roughness elements placed at the Branch 1 neutral stability point for the frequency under consideration, and then with the roughness element downstream of Branch 1. These roughness elements have a principal chord dimension equal to 2 lambda(sub TS)/pi of the T-S waves under study and are 'stacked' in order to resemble a Gaussian height distribution. Measurements taken just downstream of the roughness (with leading-edge T-S waves, surface roughness T-S waves, instrumentation sting vibrations, and the Stokes wave subtracted) show the generation of 3-D T-S waves, but not in the characteristic heart-shaped disturbance field predicted by 3-D asymptotic theory. Maximum disturbance amplitudes are found on the roughness centerline. However, some near-field characteristics predicted by numerical modeling are observed.
Effect of sound on boundary layer stability
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Saric, William S. (Principal Investigator); Spencer, Shelly Anne
1993-01-01
Experiments are conducted in the Arizona State University Unsteady Wind Tunnel with a zero-pressure-gradient flat-plate model that has a 67:1 elliptical leading edge. Boundary-layer measurements are made of the streamwise fluctuating-velocity component in order to identify the amplified T-S waves that are forced by downstream-travelling, sound waves. Measurements are taken with circular 3-D roughness elements placed at the Branch 1 neutral stability point for the frequency under consideration, and then with the roughness element downstream of Branch 1. These roughness elements have a principal chord dimension equal to 2(lambda)(sub TS)/pi, of the T-S waves under study and are 'stacked' in order to resemble a Gaussian height distribution. Measurements taken just downstream of the roughness (with leading-edge T-S waves, surface roughness T-S waves, instrumentation sting vibrations and the Stokes wave subtracted) show the generation of 3-D-T-S waves, but not in the characteristic heart-shaped disturbance field predicted by 3-D asymptotic theory. Maximum disturbance amplitudes are found on the roughness centerline. However, some near-field characteristics predicted by numerical modelling are observed.
A Alternative Approach to Boundary Layer Disturbances
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Easthope, Paul Fripp
Nearly all investigations into three-dimensional boundary layer disturbances on a flat plate have utilized normal modes, or have been strictly experimental. The present work takes a different approach, being analytical in nature, but involving no assumptions of separability, as required by normal modes. It is a linearized, viscous, and initial-value problem, making only the assumptions that the basic flow should be parallel and piece-wise linear in form, and that the perturbed velocity components be Fourier-decomposable in x and z (the stream-wise and transverse directions). The vertical velocity in wave space can be found analytically, and inverted numerically. As an initial condition, a sharply-peaked Gaussian in three dimensions is allowed to perturb the flow, and the resulting disturbance is followed in time, for various locations vertically above the plate. Of particular interest is the small time behavior, which is presented both analytically and numerically, and has implications for large amplitude, localized disturbances over a short time scale. Comparisons are made with experiments, and also with normal mode analyses. While not reproducing every aspect of the physical results, the general conclusions from the present approach are encouraging.
Fluctuating Vorticity in Turbulent Boundary Layers
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Panton, Ron
2012-11-01
Profiles of fluctuating vorticity from the channel flow DNS (Del Alamo, et al. (P of F 15, L-41; JFM, 500, p135, P of F, 18) are correlated in Panton (Phys. Fluids, 21, 2009). In the inner region, a two-term expansion represents the vorticity profiles; < ?? > # = < ?? > 0#+< ?? > 1+u?/U0. The scaling < ?? > 0#= < ?? > 0/(u?3U0 / ?2) for inactive motions applies only to the streamwise and spanwise components. This term is zero for the normal vorticity component. The scrubbing of the inactive motions over the wall generates vorticity, which is a maximum at the wall, and diffuses to about y+ = 50 before it decays. The fluctuating wall shear stress is due entirely to this motion, and the stress ratio (rms/mean) depends on Re. The second scaling < ?? > 1+= < ?? > 1/(u?4/?2) , the same scaling as the Reynolds shear stress, is active motions. These motions are zero at the wall, peak about y+ = 13-20, and fall to zero about y+ = 400. The outer region is correlated by a third scaling using the Kolmogorov time scale; < ?? > /(u?3/ ? ?). Matching between the inner and outer regions has an overlap law (common part) of ~ C /y+ or ~ C/ Y for all components. In this paper DNS boundary layer data of Schlatter et al. (Phys. Fluids, 21, 2009) is correlated in the manner previously used for channel flows.
Helical circulations in the typhoon boundary layer
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ellis, Ryan; Businger, Steven
2010-03-01
Low-level wind data from the WSR-88D in Guam obtained in Typhoon Dale (1996) and Typhoon Keith (1997) are analyzed for coherent structures. Consistent with the results of previous studies of Atlantic hurricanes, velocity anomalies associated with coherent structures were found in the boundary layer of both storms. A total of 99 cases of coherent structures, also known as roll vortices, were documented during a 6 h evaluation period for each storm. Storm-relative roll location, roll vorticity, asymmetries in the upward and downward momentum fluxes, and signatures of circulations transverse to the mean flow associated with roll circulations were explored. The effects of terrain and convective precipitation systems, such as rainbands, on the occurrence of rolls were investigated. The results support and extend prior findings of roll observations, and can be used to help validate theoretical and numerical models of coherent structures within tropical cyclones. Moreover, the wind variations documented in this study may have application for wave runup and wind damage potential in tropical cyclones.
Insight on Gust/Turbulence Characteristics in an Urban-type Boundary Layer
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wark, Candace; Monnier, Bruno; Cortes, Maria; Shaw, Brian; Kandala, Sriharsha; Rempfer, Dietmar
2012-11-01
There is lack of accurate data regarding wind gust profiles in complex environments typical of urban boundary layers. SPIV measurements are used to obtain a 3D map of the mean and turbulent flow encountered in a simplified urban array in a modeled atmospheric boundary layer facility. Gust intensity as a function of space in addition to the gust correlations will be shown and compared with the numerical simulations presented in Kandala et al. The dependence of the gust characteristics on the incidence angle of the incoming wind direction into the urban array is also investigated. These results are of importance to MAV applications as it directly impacts their flying characteristics and can be directly related to surging/plunging/pitching motion studies. The gust characteristics are used to build histograms of the angle of attack that an MAV would encounter while maneuvering through an urban array. Supported by AFOSR FA9550-11-1-0056 and the Illinois NASA Space Grant Consortium.
On optical imaging through aircraft turbulent boundary layers
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Sutton, G. W.
1980-01-01
Optical resolution quality as affected by aircraft turbulent boundary layers is analyzed. Wind-tunnel data was analyzed to obtained the variation of boundary layer turbulence scale length and mass density rms fluctuations with Mach number. The data gave good agreement with a mass density fluctuation turbulence spectrum that is either isotropic of orthogonally anisotropic. The data did not match an isotropic turbulence velocity spectrum which causes an anisotropic non-orthogonal mass density fluctuation spectrum. The results indicate that the average mass density rms fluctuation is about 10% of the maximum mass density across the boundary layer and that the transverse turbulence scale size is about 10% of the boundary layer thickness. The results indicate that the effect of the turbulent boundary layer is large angle scattering which decreases contrast but not resolution. Using extinction as a criteria the range of acceptable aircraft operating conditions are given.
Destiny of earthward streaming plasma in the plasmasheet boundary layer
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Green, J. L.; Horwitz, J. L.
1986-01-01
The dynamics of the earth's magnetotail have been investigated, and it has become clear that the plasmasheet boundary layer field lines map into the Region I Field-Aligned Currents (FAC) of the auroral zone. It is pointed out that the role of earthward streaming ions in the plasmasheet boundary layer may be of fundamental importance in the understanding of magnetotail dynamics, auroral zone physics, and especially for ionospheric-magnetospheric interactions. The present paper has the objective to evaluate propagation characteristics for the earthward streaming ions observed in the plasmasheet boundary layer. An investigation is conducted of the propagation characteristics of protons in the plasmasheet boundary layer using independent single particle dynamics, and conclusions are discussed. The density of earthward streaming ions found in the plasmasheet boundary layer should include the ring current as well as the auroral zone precipitaiton and inner plasmasheet regions of the magnetosphere.
Exit of boundary layer plasma from the distant magnetotail
Heikkila, W.J.
1983-03-01
It is pointed out that the boundary layer plasma must somehow leave the magnetospheric system. We propose that the boundary layers on the dawn and dusk flanks are continued into the far magnetotail, still on closed magnetic field lines. Within the combined layer there would be a dusk to dawn electric field for antisunward convection (as is the case for the boundary layers on the dawn and dusk flanks nearer to the earth). It is suggested that the boundary layer flow is so massive that the flow itself can generate the right electric field for continued flow. Most of the plasma in the mantle over the polar caps would also be convected out in a similar manner, rather feeding the plasma sheet. There would be a stagnation point inside the magnetotail, with any boundary or mantle plasma diffusing earthward of this point becoming the plasma sheet. It is deduced that no steady state solution is possible.
Boundary Layer Perturbations Generated from small Oscillating Bumps
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Gaster, Michael
1997-11-01
Perturbations may be generated in a laminar boundary layer by various types of surface disturbance. Here we discuss the perturbations generted by the motion of a small piston mounted in the surface of a flat plate. Theoretical predictions of the flow field resulting from the periodic motion of the piston are made using the approximation that the steady base boundary layer is closely parallel and that the disturbance is sufficently small to warrant linearisation. These solutions are compared with measurements taken with a hot-wire anemometer of appropriate boundary layer experiments involving excitation by a piston of 2mm dia oscillating with amplitudes of 50 microns in a laminar boundary layer with a displacement thickness of 1mm. The Reynolds number of the boundary layer is roughly 1000 based on displacement thickness.
Dusty boundary layer in a surface-burst explosion
Kuhl, A.L.; Ferguson, R.E.; Chien, K.Y.; Collins, J.P.
1993-08-01
Dusty boundary layers are an inherent feature of explosions over ground surfaces. Detailed knowledge of dusty boundary layer characteristics is needed in explosion safety analysis (e.g., to calculate the drag loads on structures). Also, to predicct the amount of dust in the rising fireball of an explsion, one must know the dusty boundary layer swept up during the positive and negative phases of the blast wave and how much of this boundary layer dust is entrained into the stem of the dust cloud. This paper describes the results of numerical simulations of the dusty boundary layer created by a surface burst explosion. The evolution of the flow was calculated by a high-order Godunov code that solves the nonsteady conservation laws.
Boundary layer development in axial compressors and turbines. Part 1 of 4: Composite picture
Halstead, D.E.; Wisler, D.C.; Shin, H.W. [GE Aircraft Engines, Cincinnati, OH (United States); Okiishi, T.H. [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States); Walker, G.J. [Univ. of Tasmania, Hobart (Australia); Hodson, H.P. [Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
1997-01-01
Comprehensive experiments and computational analyses were conducted to understand boundary layer development on airfoil surfaces in multistage, axial-flow compressors and LP turbines. The tests were run over a broad range of Reynolds numbers and loading levels in large, low-speed research facilities which simulate the relevant aerodynamic features of modern engine components.Measurements of boundary layer characteristics were obtained by using arrays of densely packed, hot-film gauges mounted on airfoil surfaces and by making boundary layer surveys with hot wire probes. Computational predictions were made using both steady flow codes and an unsteady flow code. This is the first time that time-resolved boundary layer measurements and detailed comparisons of measured data with predictions of boundary layer codes have been reported for multistage compressor and turbine blading. Part 1 of this paper summarizes all of the experimental findings by using sketches to show how boundary layers develop on compressor and turbine blading. Parts 2 and 3 present the detailed experimental results for the compressor and turbine, respectively. Part 4 presents computational analyses and discusses comparisons with experimental data. Readers not interested in experimental detail can go directly from Part 1 to Part 4.
Niu, Fenglin
The role of chemical boundary layers in regulating the thickness of continental and oceanic thermal boundary layers Cin-Ty Aeolus Lee*, Adrian Lenardic, Catherine M. Cooper, Fenglin Niu, Alan Levander Department of Earth Science, MS-126, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005, United States
Symmetries in Turbulent Boundary Layer Flows
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Oberlack, M.
1996-01-01
The objective is the development of a new theory which enables the algorithmic computation of all self-similar mean velocity profiles. The theory is based on Liegroup analysis and unifies a large set of self-similar solutions for the mean velocity of stationary parallel turbulent shear flows. The results include the logarithmic law of the wall, an algebraic law, the viscous sublayer, the linear region in the middle of a Couette flow and in the middle of a rotating channel flow, and a new exponential mean velocity profile not previously reported. Experimental results taken in the outer parts of a high Reynolds number flat-plate boundary layer, strongly support the exponential profile. From experimental as well as from DNS data of a turbulent channel flow the algebraic scaling law could be confirmed in both the center region and in the near wall region. In the case of the logarithmic law of the wall, the scaling with the wall distance arises as a result of the analysis and has not been assumed in the derivation. The crucial part of the derivation of all the different mean velocity profiles is to consider the invariance of the equation for the velocity fluctuations at the same time as the invariance of the equation for the velocity product equations. The latter is the dyad product of the velocity fluctuations with the equation for the velocity fluctuations. It has been proven that all the invariant solutions are also consistent with similarity of all velocity moment equations up to any arbitrary order.
Microbubble drag reduction in liquid turbulent boundary layers
Merkle, C.L.; Deutsch, S. [Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States)
1992-12-01
The interactions between a dense cloud of small bubbles and a liquid turbulent boundary layer are reviewed on the basis of available experimental observations to understand and quantify their capability for reducing skin friction. Gas bubbles are generally introduced into the boundary layer by injection through a porous surface or by electrolysis. After injection, the bubbles stay near the wall in boundary-layer-like fashion giving rise to strong gradients in both velocity and gas concentration. In general, the magnitude of the skin friction reduction increases as the volume of bubbles in the boundary layer is increased until a maximum skin friction reduction of typically 80-90% of the undisturbed skin friction level is reached. The volumetric gas flow required for this maximum is nominally equal to the volume flow of the liquid in the boundary layer. Bubble size estimates indicate that in most microbubble experiments the bubbles have been intermediate in size between the inner and outer scales of the undisturbed boundary layer. Additional studies with other nondimensional bubble sizes would be useful. However, the bubble size is most likely controlled by the injection process, and considerably different conditions would be required to change this ratio appreciably. The trajectories of the bubble clouds are primarily determined by the random effects of turbulence and bubble-bubble interactions. The effects of buoyancy represent a weaker effect. The trajectories are unlike the deterministic trajectory of an individual bubble in a time-averaged boundary layer. Bubbles are most effective in high speed boundary layers and, for the bubble sizes tested to date, produce an effect that persists for some on hundred boundary layer thicknesses. Modeling suggests that microbubbles reduce skin friction by increasing the turbulence Reynolds number in the buffer layer in a manner similar to polymers.
Boundary Layer Rolls Observed Above and Below a Jet in a Marine Boundary Layer
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Foster, R. C.; Emmitt, G. D.; Godwin, K.; Greco, S.
2013-12-01
We have flown a coherent Doppler wind lidar (DWL) on the Cirpas Twin Otter off the California coast near Monterey since 2003. One scientific purpose of these flights is to understand the relationship between the turbulent fluxes measured on the aircraft or on other platforms and the observed structure of the marine boundary layer (MBL). Two common features are found in the MBL flow: (1) a strong jet at approximately 200 m above the sea surface; and (2) organized large eddies (OLE) in the form of roll vortices that are approximately aligned along the mean wind direction. On two flights (April 13, 2007 and September 30, 2012), the DWL data indicated that roll OLE existed simultaneously both above and below the jet. The DWL winds suggest that the OLE in these layers are sometimes independent and sometimes connected. Standard flux data are obtained on the Twin Otter at flight level, which is nominally 300 m. The 10 Hz wind and temperature data exhibit variability at spatial scales corresponding to the OLE wavelength. We have constructed a nonlinear theoretical model that includes triad wave-wave interactions to test the hypothesis that rolls could form both above and below the jet. This model shows that this is possible and that the rolls in the two layers could have unique characteristics compared to standard boundary layer rolls. The model further shows that the rolls above and below the jet are due to separate instabilities that interact. This is consistent with the observations of both connected and independent OLE above and below the jet. Contrast-enhanced DWL line-of-sight winds. Jet maximum 200 m below aircraft. Typical resonant triad solution for rolls above and below a PBL jet.
Nanoscale Hot-Wire Probes for Boundary-Layer Flows
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Tedjojuwono, Ken T.; Herring, Gregory C.
2003-01-01
Hot-wire probes having dimensions of the order of nanometers have been proposed for measuring temperatures (and possibly velocities) in boundary-layer flows at spatial resolutions much finer and distances from walls much smaller than have been possible heretofore. The achievable resolutions and minimum distances are expected to be of the order of tens of nanometers much less than a typical mean free path of a molecule and much less than the thickness of a typical flow boundary layer in air at standard temperature and pressure. An additional benefit of the small scale of these probes is that they would perturb the measured flows less than do larger probes. The hot-wire components of the probes would likely be made from semiconducting carbon nanotubes or ropes of such nanotubes. According to one design concept, a probe would comprise a single nanotube or rope of nanotubes laid out on the surface of an insulating substrate between two metallic wires. According to another design concept, a nanotube or rope of nanotubes would be electrically connected and held a short distance away from the substrate surface by stringing it between two metal electrodes. According to a third concept, a semiconducting nanotube or rope of nanotubes would be strung between the tips of two protruding electrodes made of fully conducting nanotubes or ropes of nanotubes. The figure depicts an array of such probes that could be used to gather data at several distances from a wall. It will be necessary to develop techniques for fabricating the probes. It will also be necessary to determine whether the probes will be strong enough to withstand the aerodynamic forces and impacts of micron-sized particles entrained in typical flows of interest.
Spatial Linear Instability of Confluent Wake/Boundary Layers
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Liou, William W.; Liu, Feng-Jun; Rumsey, C. L. (Technical Monitor)
2001-01-01
The spatial linear instability of incompressible confluent wake/boundary layers is analyzed. The flow model adopted is a superposition of the Blasius boundary layer and a wake located above the boundary layer. The Orr-Sommerfeld equation is solved using a global numerical method for the resulting eigenvalue problem. The numerical procedure is validated by comparing the present solutions for the instability of the Blasius boundary layer and for the instability of a wake with published results. For the confluent wake/boundary layers, modes associated with the boundary layer and the wake, respectively, are identified. The boundary layer mode is found amplified as the wake approaches the wall. On the other hand, the modes associated with the wake, including a symmetric mode and an antisymmetric mode, are stabilized by the reduced distance between the wall and the wake. An unstable mode switching at low frequency is observed where the antisymmetric mode becomes more unstable than the symmetric mode when the wake velocity defect is high.
Bristled shark skin: a microgeometry for boundary layer control?
Lang, A W; Motta, P; Hidalgo, P; Westcott, M
2008-12-01
There exists evidence that some fast-swimming shark species may have the ability to bristle their scales during fast swimming. Experimental work using a water tunnel facility has been performed to investigate the flow field over and within a bristled shark skin model submerged within a boundary layer to deduce the possible boundary layer control mechanisms being used by these fast-swimming sharks. Fluorescent dye flow visualization provides evidence of the formation of embedded cavity vortices within the scales. Digital particle image velocimetry (DPIV) data, used to evaluate the cavity vortex formation and boundary layer characteristics close to the surface, indicate increased momentum in the slip layer forming above the scales. This increase in flow velocity close to the shark's skin is indicative of boundary layer control mechanisms leading to separation control and possibly transition delay for the bristled shark skin microgeometry. PMID:18838758
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Eastman, Timothy E.
1995-01-01
Evidence for the probable existence of magnetospheric boundary layers was first presented by Hones, et al. (1972), based on VELA satellite plasma observations (no magnetic field measurements were obtained). This magnetotail boundary layer is now known to be the tailward extension of the high-latitude boundary layer or plasma mantle (first uniquely identified using HEOS 2 plasma and field observations by Rosenbauer et al., 1975) and the low-latitude boundary layer (first uniquely identified using IMP 6 plasma and field observations by Eastman et al., 1976). The magnetospheric boundary layer is the region of magnetosheath-like plasma located Earthward of, but generally contiguous with the magnetopause. This boundary layer is typically identified by comparing low-energy (less than 10 keV) ion spectra across the magnetopause. Low-energy electron measurements are also useful for identifying the boundary layer because the shocked solar wind or magnetosheath has a characteristic spectral signature for electrons as well. However, there are magnetopause crossings where low-energy electrons might suggest a depletion layer outside the magnetopause even though the traditional field-rotation signature indicates that this same region is a boundary layer Earthward of the current layer. Our analyses avoided crossings which exhibit such ambiguities. Pristine magnetopause crossings are magnetopause crossings for which the current layer is well defined and for which there is no adjoining magnetospheric boundary layer as defined above. Although most magnetopause models to date apply to such crossings, few comparisons between such theory and observations of pristine magnetopause crossings have been made because most crossings have an associated magnetospheric boundary layer which significantly affects the applicable boundary conditions for the magnetopause current layer. Furthermore, almost no observational studies of magnetopause microstructure have been done even though key theoretical issues have been discussed for over two decades. This is because plasma instruments deployed prior to the ISEE and AMPTE missions did not have the required time resolution and most ISEE investigations to-date have focused on tests of MHD plasma models, especially reconnection. More recently, many phenomenological and theoretical models have been developed to explain the existence and characteristics of the magnetospheric boundary layers with only limited success to date. The cases with no boundary layer treated in this study provide a contrary set of conditions to those observed with a boundary layer. For the measured parameters of such cases, a successful boundary layer model should predict no plasma penetration across the magnetopause. Thus, this research project provides the first direct observational tests of magnetopause models using pristine magnetopause crossings and provides important new results on magnetopause microstructure and associated kinetic processes.
Velocity profiles for turbulent boundary layers under freestream turbulence
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Hoffmann, J. A.; Mohammadi, K.
1991-09-01
Correlations for changes of skin friction coefficients and wake parameters, relative to the low freestream turbulence condition, are presented for the case of turbulent boundary layers under freestream turbulence with zero and adverse pressure gradients. The turbulent boundary layers were evaluated on a plate in a wind tunnel using a monoplane rod set turbulence generator; comparisons were also made using the data of several other investigators. The results, which define the velocity profiles within the boundary layers, were found to collapse for a large range of the pressure gradient parameter.
Further Improvements to Nozzle Boundary Layer Calculations in BLIMPJ
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Praharaj, S. C.; Gross, Klaus W.
1989-01-01
Further improvements made to advance the current Boundary Layer Integral Matrix Procedure - Version J (BLIMPJ) containing previously modeled simplified calculation methods by accounting for condensed phase, thick boundary layer and free stream turbulence effects are discussed. The condensed phase effects were included through species composition effect considered via input to the code and through particle damping effect considered via a turbulence model. The thrust loss calculation procedure for thick boundary layer effects was improved and the optimization of net thrust with respect to nozzle length was performed. The effects of free stream turbulence were approximately modeled in the turbulence model.
Planetary boundary layer feedbacks in climate system
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Zilitinkevich, S.; Esau, I.
2009-09-01
A remarkable feature of the ongoing global warming is the asymmetry in trends of the daily minima, ?min, and maxima, ?max, of the surface air temperature (SAT): ?min increases faster than ?max, so that the daily temperature range (DTR), ?max-?min, basically decreases. The state of the art general circulation and climate models (GCMs) do not reproduce it and predict approximately the same change rates for ?min and ?max. We propose that the difference in trends of ?min and ?max is caused by the strong stability dependence of the height, h, of the planetary boundary layer (PBL). Indeed, the daytime warming is associated with deep convective (C) PBLs (with the heights hC ~ 103m), in contrast to the nocturnal and/or wintertime cooling associated with shallower mid-latitudinal nocturnal stable (NS) PBLs (with hNS ~ 200m) and even shallower high-latitudinal long-lived stable (LS) PBLs (with hLS ~ 30-50m) developing during longer than night periods of the persistent surface cooling. As a result, one and the same increment, ?Q0, in the surface heat flux leads to only minor increment in ?max in deep C PBLs, but essential increments in ?min in shallow NS and especially NS PBLs. The latter type of the PBL has been discovered only recently and is not yet accounted for in modern GCMs. In the present paper, we derive theoretical estimates of the variations, ??min and ??max, in the SAT minima and maxima associated with the stable and convective PBLs, respectively, and by this means explain the observed asymmetry in the growth rates of ?min and ?max. To characterise the role of PBLs in the climate system, we introduce the concepts of local and general PBL feedbacks. Besides the strengths of feedbacks, we propose to take into account the reaction times of different mechanisms. The proposed concepts could be applied to different climate-change problems from global (as in this paper) to local, in particular, to those caused by the land-use modification.
Boundary-Layer Effects on Acoustic Transmission Through Narrow Slit Cavities
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Ward, G. P.; Lovelock, R. K.; Murray, A. R. J.; Hibbins, A. P.; Sambles, J. R.; Smith, J. D.
2015-07-01
We explore the slit-width dependence of the resonant transmission of sound in air through both a slit array formed of aluminum slats and a single open-ended slit cavity in an aluminum plate. Our experimental results accord well with Lord Rayleigh's theory concerning how thin viscous and thermal boundary layers at a slit's walls affect the acoustic wave across the whole slit cavity. By measuring accurately the frequencies of the Fabry-Perot-like cavity resonances, we find a significant 5% reduction in the effective speed of sound through the slits when an individual viscous boundary layer occupies only 5% of the total slit width. Importantly, this effect is true for any airborne slit cavity, with the reduction being achieved despite the slit width being on a far larger scale than an individual boundary layer's thickness. This work demonstrates that the recent prevalent loss-free treatment of narrow slit cavities within acoustic metamaterials is unrealistic.
Boundary-Layer Effects on Acoustic Transmission Through Narrow Slit Cavities.
Ward, G P; Lovelock, R K; Murray, A R J; Hibbins, A P; Sambles, J R; Smith, J D
2015-07-24
We explore the slit-width dependence of the resonant transmission of sound in air through both a slit array formed of aluminum slats and a single open-ended slit cavity in an aluminum plate. Our experimental results accord well with Lord Rayleigh's theory concerning how thin viscous and thermal boundary layers at a slit's walls affect the acoustic wave across the whole slit cavity. By measuring accurately the frequencies of the Fabry-Perot-like cavity resonances, we find a significant 5% reduction in the effective speed of sound through the slits when an individual viscous boundary layer occupies only 5% of the total slit width. Importantly, this effect is true for any airborne slit cavity, with the reduction being achieved despite the slit width being on a far larger scale than an individual boundary layer's thickness. This work demonstrates that the recent prevalent loss-free treatment of narrow slit cavities within acoustic metamaterials is unrealistic. PMID:26252688
Laminar-turbulent separatrix in a boundary layer flow
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Biau, Damien
2012-03-01
The transitional boundary layer flow over a flat plate is investigated. The boundary layer flow is known to develop unstable Tollmien-Schlichting waves above a critical value of the Reynolds number. However, it is also known that this transition can be observed for sub-critical Reynolds numbers. In that case, the basin of attraction of the laminar state coexists with the sustained turbulence. In this article, the trajectory on the separatrix between these two states is simulated. The state on the separatrix is independent from the initial condition and is dynamically connected to both the laminar flow and the turbulence. Such an edge state provides information regarding the basic features of the transitional flow. The solution takes the form of a low speed streak, flanked by two quasi-streamwise sinuous vortices. The shape of the streaks is close to that simulated with the linear optimal perturbation method. This solution is compared to existing results concerning streak breakdown. The simulations are realized in a temporal framework for a local boundary layer, with periodic boundary conditions in the streamwise direction. A dedicated model, based on a scale separation, is presented. The mean flow is a solution of the Prandtl boundary layer equations while the superposed small-scale fluctuations are a solution of the periodic Navier-Stokes equations. The model is validated with turbulent flow simulations and satisfactorily reproduces the physical characteristics of a boundary layer flow, especially in the outer region, where external fluid is entrained toward the boundary layer.
Interacting turbulent boundary layer over a wavy wall
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Polak, A.; Werle, M. J.
1977-01-01
The two dimensional supersonic flow of a thick turbulent boundary layer over a train of relatively small wave-like protuberances is considered. The flow conditions and the geometry are such that there exists a strong interaction between the viscous and inviscid flow. The problem cannot be solved without inclusion of interaction effects due to the occurrence of the separation singularity in classical boundary layer methods. The interacting boundary layer equations are solved numerically using a time-like relaxation method with turbulence effects represented by the inclusion of the eddy viscosity model. Results are presented for flow over a train of up to six waves for Mach numbers of 10 and 32 million/meter, and wall temperature rations (T sub w/T sub 0) of 0.4 and 0.8. Limited comparisons with independent experimental and analytical results are also given. Detailed results on the influence of small protuberances on surface heating by boundary layers are presented.
Boundary layer analysis of a Centaur standard shroud
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Hingst, W. R.; Towne, C. E.
1978-01-01
An analytical boundary layer investigation was carried out in conjunction with an experimental wind tunnel test to determine the discharge characteristics of the Centaur shroud ascent vent system on the Titan/Centaur launch vehicle. This involved estimating the effect of the local boundary layers on the vent discharge for vehicle Mach numbers ranging from 0.8 to 1.56. The growth of the boundary layer along the vehicle was influenced by the interaction with flanges protruding into the flow and by the longitudinal corrugations in the vehicle surface. The effects of the flange and corrugations were treated by approximate techniques. In addition, boundary layer calculations were made for a 3 percent model of the launch vehicle compared with experimental results.
On the Stability of Boundary Layers of Incompressible Euler Equations
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Grenier, E.
2000-06-01
In this paper we investigate the stability and instability of boundary layers of incompressible Euler equations. Copyright 2000 Academic Press. Dans cet article on étudie la stabilité et l'instabilité de couches limites des équations d'Euler.
Viscous boundary layers in rotating fluids driven by periodic flows
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Bergstrom, R. W.; Cogley, A. C.
1976-01-01
The paper analyzes the boundary layers formed in a rotating fluid by an oscillating flow over an infinite half plate, with particular attention paid to the effects of unsteadiness, the critical latitude effect and the structure of the solution to the boundary layer equations at resonance. The Navier-Stokes boundary layer equations are obtained through an asymptotic expansion with the incorporation of the Rossby and Ekman numbers and are analyzed as the sum of a nonlinear steady solution and a linearized unsteady solution. The solution is predominantly composed of two inertial wave vector components, one circularly polarized to the left and the other circularly polarized to the right. The problem considered here has relevance in oceanography and meteorology, with special reference to the unsteady atmospheric boundary layer.
Control and Identification of Turbulent Boundary Layer Separation
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Seifert, Avi; Pack-Melton, La Tunia
2004-01-01
Effective delay of turbulent boundary layer separation could be achieved via closed-loop control. Constructing such a system requires that sensor data be processed, real-time, and fed into the controller to determine the output. Current methods for detection of turbulent boundary layer separation are lacking the capability of localized, fast and reliable identification of the boundary layer state. A method is proposed for short-time FFT processing of time series, measured by hot-film sensors, with the purpose of identifying the alternation of the balance between small and large scales as the boundary layer separates, favoring the large scales. The method has been validated by comparison to other criteria of separation detection and over a range of baseline and controlled flow conditions on a simplified high-lift system, incorporating active flow control.
Analysis of civil aircraft propulsors with boundary layer ingestion
Hall, David Kenneth
2015-01-01
This thesis describes (i) guidelines for propulsor sizing, and (ii) strategies for fan turbomachinery conceptual design, for a boundary layer ingesting (BLI) propulsion system for advanced civil transport aircraft. For the ...
Distributed Roughness Receptivity in a Flat Plate Boundary Layer
Kuester, Matthew Scott
2014-04-18
Surface roughness can affect boundary layer transition by acting as a receptivity mechanism for transient growth. Several experiments have investigated transient growth created by discrete roughness elements; however, very ...
Boundary-layer transition effects on airplane stability and control
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Van Dam, C. P.; Holmes, B. J.
1986-01-01
Surface contamination of laminar-flow airfoils can significantly modify the location of transition from laminar-to-turbulent boundary-layer flow. The contamination can be the result of insect debris, environmental effects such as ice crystals and moisture due to mist or rain, surface damage, or other contamination adhering to the surface. Location and mode of transition have a dominant effect on the lift-and-drag characteristics of a lifting surface. The influences of laminar boundary-layer flow behavior on airplane stability and control are examined through theoretical results and experimental (wind-tunnel and free-flight) data. For certain airfoils with a relatively steep pressure recovery it is shown that loss of laminar flow near the leading edge can result in premature separation of the turbulent boundary layer and, consequently, in loss of lift and control effectiveness. Aerodynamic modifications which minimize boundary-layer transition effects on airplane stability and control are also discussed.
Constant-temperature anemometry measurements in hypersonic boundary layers
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Spina, Eric F.
1991-01-01
One of the major unresolved issues in fluid dynamics is the nature of apparent stresses, called Reynolds stresses, which occur in turbulent boundary layers. In hypersonic boundary layers, the flow physics is further complicated by the large temperature and density fluctuations and the concomitant contamination of the Reynold stresses by fictitious terms. Because of the severe flow environment and the extraordinary demands on sensors and instruments, the turbulence characteristics of hypersonic boundary layers were studied in only a cursory fashion. The plans for supersonic (HSCT) and hypersonic (NASP) vehicles made supersonic flow physics one of the critical pacing technologies in aerospace science. In particular, experimental data are needed to verify candidate computer models and to reach an important understanding of the turbulence physics. The presented research is the start of a substantial effort to refine existing instrumentation and develop experimental techniques to measure the various component of the Reynolds stress in hypersonic boundary layers.
Experimental study of a chemically reacting turbulent boundary layer
Ng, T.M.T.
1981-09-01
Effects of a strong stepwise temperature rise and exothermic chemical reaction on the turbulent boundary layer over a flat plate were studied. For the reacting flow, ethylene-air mixture with equivalent ratio of 0.35 was used. High-speed Schlieren photography was used for visualization of the boundary layer thermal structures. Mean and rms density distributions were obtained from Rayleigh scattering intensity measurements. Mean and rms velocity distribution and some important fluctuation correlations were derived from single-component laser Doppler velocimetry measurements. Strong wall-heating causes the expansion of the heat-affected region near the surface and pushes the rest of the boundary layer uwards. The boundary layer thickness, the displacement thickness, the momentum thickness, and the friction coefficient are increased by the wall-heating. The Reynolds stress is reduced due to the density decrease.
Turbulent oceanic western-boundary layers at low latitude
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Quam Cyrille Akuetevi, Cataria; Wirth, Achim
2013-04-01
Low latitude oceanic western-boundary layers range within the most turbulent regions in the worlds ocean. The Somali current system with the Great Whirl and the Brazilian current system with its eddy shedding are the most prominent examples. Results from analytical calculations and integration of a one layer reduced-gravity fine resolution shallow water model is used to entangle this turbulent dynamics. Two types of wind-forcing are applied: a remote Trade wind forcing with maximum shear along the equator and a local Monsoon wind forcing with maximum shear in the vicinity of the boundary. For high values of the viscosity (> 1000m2s-1) the stationary solutions compare well to analytical predictions using Munk and inertial layer theory. When lowering the friction parameter time dependence results. The onset of instability is strongly influenced by inertial effects. The unstable boundary current proceeds as a succession of anti-cyclonic coherent eddies performing a chaotic dynamics in a turbulent flow. The dynamics is governed by the turbulent fluxes of mass and momentum. We determine these fluxes by analyzing the (potential) vorticity dynamics. We demonstrate that the boundary-layer can be separated in four sub-layers, which are (starting from the boundary): (1) the viscous sub-layer (2) the turbulent buffer-layer (3) the layer containing the coherent structures and (4) the extended boundary layer. The characteristics of each sub-layer and the corresponding turbulent fluxes are determined, as are the dependence on latitude and the type of forcing. A new pragmatic method of determining the eddy viscosity, based on Munk-layer theory, is proposed. Results are compared to observations and solutions of the multi-level primitive equation model (DRAKKAR).
A note on boundary-layer friction in baroclinic cyclones
Boutle, I A; Belcher, S E; Plant, R S
2008-01-01
The interaction between extratropical cyclones and the underlying boundary layer has been a topic of recent discussion in papers by Adamson et. al. (2006) and Beare (2007). Their results emphasise different mechanisms through which the boundary layer dynamics may modify the growth of a baroclinic cyclone. By using different sea-surface temperature distributions and comparing the low-level winds, the differences are exposed and both of the proposed mechanisms appear to be acting within a single simulation.
Reynolds Stress Budgets in Couette and Boundary Layer Flows
Jukka Komminaho; Martin Skote
2002-01-01
Reynolds stress budgets for both Couette and boundary layer flows are evaluated and presented. Data are taken from direct\\u000a numerical simulations of rotating and non-rotating plane turbulent Couette flow and turbulent boundary layer with and without\\u000a adverse pressure gradient. Comparison of the total shear stress for the two types of flows suggests that the Couette case\\u000a may be regarded as
Wall pressure spectra calculations for equilibrium boundary layers
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Panton, R. L.; Linebarger, J. H.
1974-01-01
Calculation of the flow direction wave-number spectrum of pressure fluctuations on the wall under a turbulent boundary layer. Particular attention is paid to finding the spectral density of the wall pressure fluctuations as a function of the streamwise wave number. For this purpose a five-dimensional integration is employed in which the equilibrium boundary layers are assumed to have velocity profiles given by the law of the wall plus Cole's wake function.
Distributed boundary layer suction utilizing wing tip effects
Edwards, Jay Thomas
1962-01-01
DISTRIBUTED BOUNDARY LAYER SUCTION UTILIZING WING TIP EFFECTS A Thesis By JAY THOMAS EDWARDS Submitted to the Graduate School of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree... of MASTER OF SCIENCE May 1962 Maj or Subj ect: Aeronautical Engineering DISTRIBUTED BOUNDARY LAYER SUCTION UTILIZING WING TIP EfFECTS A Thesis By JAY THOMAS EDWARDS Approved as to style and content by: Chairman of Committee Head of Department May...
Roughness-induced transition of compressible laminar boundary layers
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Redford, J. A.; Sandham, N. D.; Roberts, G. T.
Direct numerical simulation is used to study flow over a roughness element in a flat plate boundary layer at high speed. The roughness element is modeled as a continuous bump with a height that is approximately half the boundary-layer thickness. Simulations with a variety of Mach numbers and wall temperatures have been run over a range of Reynolds numbers, and the results are used to establish a criterion for turbulent breakdown.
Tropical boundary layer equilibrium in the last ice age
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Betts, Alan K.; Ridgway, W.
1992-01-01
A radiative-convective boundary layer model is used to assess the effect of changing sea surface temperature, pressure, wind speed, and the energy export from the tropics on the boundary layer equilibrium equivalent potential temperature. It remains difficult to reconcile the observations that during the last glacial maximum (18,000 yr BP) the snowline on the tropical mountains fell 950 m, while the tropical sea surface temperatures fell only 1-2 K.
Prehistory of Instability in a Hypersonic Boundary Layer
Alexander V. Fedorov; Andrew P. Khokhlov
2001-01-01
. The initial phase of hypersonic boundary-layer transition comprising excitation of boundary-layer modes and their downstream\\u000a evolution from receptivity regions to the unstable region (instability prehistory problem) is considered. The disturbance\\u000a spectrum reveals the following features: (1) the first and second modes are synchronized with acoustic waves near the leading\\u000a edge; (2) further downstream, the first mode is synchronized with
Acoustic sources in the low Mach number turbulent boundary layer
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Hardin, Jay C.
1991-01-01
The sources of sound production in a low Mach number turbulent boundary layer are examined. The sources are shown to be quadrupole in nature and to result from supersonically convecting wave-number components of the fluctuating Reynolds' normal stresses. The primary Tollmien-Schlichting instability of the boundary layer is found to radiate no sound. Analysis of various vortical phenomena suggests that the primary source is the process of formation of horseshoe vortices, with viscous sublayer bursts a possible secondary source.
Benthic boundary layer processes in coastal environments: An introduction
M. D. Richardson; W. R. Bryant
1996-01-01
This special issue ofGeo-Marine Letters “Benthic Boundary Layer Processes in Coastal Environments” includes 20 papers devoted to results of recent near-shore experiments supported by the Coastal Benthic Boundary Layer (CBBL) program. Experiments were conducted in gas-rich muddy sediments of Eckernförde Bay of the Baltic Sea and on relict sandy sediments of the West Florida Sand Sheet. In this introductory paper
Benthic boundary layer processes in the Lower Florida Keys
D. L. Lavoie; M. D. Richardson; C. Holmes
1997-01-01
This special issue of Geo-Marine Letters, “Benthic Boundary Layer Processes in the Lower Florida Keys,” includes 12 papers that present preliminary results from the\\u000a Key West Campaign. The Dry Tortugas and Marquesas Keys test sites were selected by a group of 115 scientists and technicians\\u000a to study benthic boundary layer processes in a carbonate environment controlled by bioturbation and biogeochemical
Finite difference solutions of boundary-layer type equations
P. M. Beckett
1983-01-01
An improved algorithm is presented for solving boundary-layer type equations. The Falkner-Skan equation is used to illustrate the benefit of formulating an integro- differential equation to avoid imposing finite difference approximations for the boundary conditions. The method is rapidly convergent, stable and can find solutions to which other methods do not converge.
Dense gas boundary layer experiments: Visualization, pressure measurements, concentration evaluation
Reichenbach, H.; Neuwald, P.; Kuhl, A.L.
1992-11-01
This technical report describes methods that were applied to investigate turbulent boundary layers generated by inviscid, baroclinic effects. The Cranz-Schardin 24-sparks camera was used to visualize the interactions of a planar shock wave with a Freon R12-layer. The shock propagates more slowly in the Freon layer than in air because of its smaller sound speed. This causes the shock front to be curved and to be reflected between the wall and the layer interface. As a consequence of the reflection process, a series of compression and expansion waves radiate from the layer. Large fluctuations in the streamwise velocity and in pressure develop for about 1 ms. These waves strongly perturb the interface shear layer, which rapidly transitions to a turbulent boundary flow. Pressure measurements showed that the fluctuations in the Freon layer reach a peak pressure 4 times higher than in the turbulent boundary flow. To characterize the preshock Freon boundary layer, concentration measurements were performed with a differential interferometry technique. The refraction index of Freon R12 is so high that Mach-Zehnder interferometry was not successful in these experiments. The evaluation of the concentration profile is described here in detail. Method and results of corresponding LDV measurements under the same conditions are presented in a different report, EMI Report T 9/92. The authors plan to continue the dense gas layer investigations with the gas combination helium/Freon.
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Smock, Brandon; Wilson, Joseph
2012-06-01
In landmine detection using vehicle-mounted ground-penetrating radar (GPR) systems, ground tracking has proven to be an eective pre-processing step. Identifying the ground can aid in the correction of distortions in downtrack radar data, which can result in the reduction of false alarms due to ground anomalies. However, the air-ground interface is not the only layer boundary detectable by GPR systems. Multiple layers can exist within the ground, and these layers are of particular importance because they give rise to anomalous signatures below the ground surface, where target signatures will typically reside. In this paper, an ecient method is proposed for performing multiple ground layer-identication in GPR data. The method is an extension of the dynamic programming-based Viterbi algorithm, nding not only the globally optimal path, which can be associated with the ground surface, but also locally optimal paths that can be associated with distinct layer boundaries within the ground. In contrast with the Viterbi algorithm, this extended method is uniquely suited to detecting not only multiple layers that span the entire antenna array, but also layers that span only a subset of the channels of the array. Furthermore, it is able to accomplish this while retaining the ecient nature of the original Viterbi scheme.
Application of a Reynolds stress model to separating boundary layers
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Ko, Sung HO
1993-01-01
Separating turbulent boundary layers occur in many practical engineering applications. Nonetheless, the physics of separation/reattachment of flows is poorly understood. During the past decade, various turbulence models were proposed and their ability to successfully predict some types of flows was shown. However. prediction of separating/reattaching flows is still a formidable task for model developers. The present study is concerned with the process of separation from a smooth surface. Features of turbulent separating boundary layers that are relevant to modeling include the following: the occurrence of zero wall shear stress, which causes breakdown of the boundary layer approximation; the law of the wall not being satisfied in the mean back flow region; high turbulence levels in the separated region; a significant low-frequency motion in the separation bubble; and the turbulence structure of the separated shear layer being quite different from that of either the mixing layers or the boundary layers. These special characteristics of separating boundary layers make it difficult for simple turbulence models to correctly predict their behavior.
Bottom boundary layer measurements in OMP. Final report
Gross, T.F. [Skidaway Inst. of Oceanography, Savannah, GA (United States); Williams, A.J. [Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst., MA (United States)
1998-11-01
The main role of the Benthic Acoustic Stress Sensor (BASS) tripods within the Ocean Margins Program experiments was to detect and quantify organic carbon rich particle transport off the shelf. This requires measures of the turbulent boundary layer flow and bed stress, the physical forcing of the particle transport, as well as the concentration and type of particles which are being transported. The BASS tripods were deployed at sites 17 and 26. Data from site 26 were recovered spanning three periods: Feb. 2--April 6, May 13--June 27, June 28--Aug. 18. Site 17 was occupied Feb. 12--april 11. The BASS tripods were arrayed with five BASS sensors measuring detailed velocity parameters within four meters of the seabed. Velocity time series indicate a usually weak tidal flow which produces small bed stress by itself. On the occasions when a strong flow, probably the Gulf Stream, crosses the area, the bed shear stress increases dramatically to as much as 10 dyne cm{sup {minus}2}. This is competent to move unconsolidated sediments in the area. Other instruments from the tripods include: two conductivity/temperature sensor pairs, five WetStar fluorometers, thermistors, transmissometer, optical backscatterence sensors and a pressure sensor.
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Oliver, A. B.; Lillard, R. P.; Blaisdell, G. A.; Lyrintizis, A. S.
2006-01-01
The capability of the OVERFLOW code to accurately compute high-speed turbulent boundary layers and turbulent shock-boundary layer interactions is being evaluated. Configurations being investigated include a Mach 2.87 flat plate to compare experimental velocity profiles and boundary layer growth, a Mach 6 flat plate to compare experimental surface heat transfer,a direct numerical simulation (DNS) at Mach 2.25 for turbulent quantities, and several Mach 3 compression ramps to compare computations of shock-boundary layer interactions to experimental laser doppler velocimetry (LDV) data and hot-wire data. The present paper describes outlines the study and presents preliminary results for two of the flat plate cases and two small-angle compression corner test cases.
Dayside boundary layer under northward IMF: A Cluster perspective
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Zhang, H.; Fritz, T.; Zong, Q.; Daly, P.
2004-12-01
It has been proposed that the Low Latitude Boundary Layer (LLBL) was formed by high-latitude reconnection when the IMF is northward. To study the relationship between the low-latitude boundary layer and high-latitude boundary layer under northward IMF condition, we present statistical results based on 3 years of data obtained by Cluster when these spacecraft were in the vicinity of the dayside magnetopause during northward IMF. In total 341 cases of Cluster crossing of Low Latitude Boundary Layer (LLBL) and High Latitude Boundary Layer (HLBL) (according to the definition by Phan et al [1996a,b]) have been analyzed in detail in order to study the relation between the LLBL and the HLBL. The plasma density, temperature, velocity, energetic particle flux and magnetic field geometry change across the magnetopause under northward IMF were analyzed by a superposed epoch analysis. It has been suggested [Zong et al, 2004] that the solar wind plasma density decreases in the magnetospheric boundary region in an exponential mannerwith an e-folding distance of 1000 km during northward IMF in a case study. In this statistical study, we explore further the relation between the distance to magnetopause and the penetration of solar wind plasma inside the magnetopause. Phan, T. D., and G. Paschmann, Low-latitude dayside magnetopause and boundary layer for high magnetic sheath: 1. Structure and motion, J. Geophys. Res.,101, 7801-7815, 1996 Phan, T. D., G. Paschmann, and B. U. O. Sonnerup, Low-latitude dayside magnetopause and boundary layer for high magnetic sheath: 2. Occurrence of magnetic reconnection, J. Geophys. Res.,101, 7817-7828, 1996 Zong, Q.-G., T. A. Fritz, H. Spence, K. Oksavik, Z.-Y. Pu, A. Korth, and P. W. Daly, Energetic particle sounding of the magnetopause: A contribution by Cluster/RAPID, J. Geophys. Res.,109, A04207, 2004
Low heat conduction in white dwarf boundary layers?
F. K. Liu; F. Meyer; E. Meyer-Hofmeister; V. Burwitz
2008-01-01
Context: X-ray spectra of dwarf novae in quiescence observed by Chandra and XMM-Newton provide new information on the boundary layers of their accreting white dwarfs. Aims: Comparison of observations and models allows us to extract estimates for the thermal conductivity in the accretion layer and reach conclusions on the relevant physical processes. Methods: We calculate the structure of the dense
ON AERODYNAMIC AND BOUNDARY LAYER RESISTANCES WITHIN DRY DEPOSITION MODELS
There have been many empirical parameterizations for the aerodynamic and boundary layer resistances proposed in the literature, e.g. those of the Meyers Multi-Layer Deposition Model (MLM) used with the nation-wide dry deposition network. Many include arbitrary constants or par...
Temperature Fluctuation Scaling in Reacting Boundary Layers M. Pino Martin
Martín, Pino
. Temperature fluctuations increase the reaction rates. Endothermic reactions reduce the magnitudeTemperature Fluctuation Scaling in Reacting Boundary Layers M. Pino Mart´in CTR/NASA Ames, Moffett layer is used to study the turbulence-chemistry interaction and the scaling of the temperature
Stabilization of Hypersonic Boundary Layers by Porous Coatings
Alexander V. Fedorov; Norman D. Malmuth; Adam Rasheed; Hans G. Hornung
2001-01-01
A second-mode stability analysis has been performed for a hypersonic boundary layer on a wall covered by a porous coating with equally spaced cylindrical blind microholes. Massive reduction of the second mode amplié - cation is found to be due to the disturbance energy absorption by the porous layer. This stabilization effect was demonstrated by experiments recently conducted on a
A numerical investigation of boundary layer quasi-equilibrium
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Thayer-Calder, K.; Randall, David
2015-01-01
Despite the large energy input from surface evaporation, the moist static energy (MSE) of the tropical boundary layer remains relatively constant on large spatial and temporal scales due to lifting of vapor by cloudy updrafts and the addition of dry air from the layers above. Arakawa and Schubert (1974) suggested that drying is due mainly to clear-air turbulent entrainment between cloudy updrafts, while Raymond (1995) described drying due mainly to convective downdrafts. We used cloud-resolving numerical simulations to investigate the transport of MSE into the boundary layer and found turbulent entrainment between clouds to be the dominant process.
An experimental investigation of turbulent boundary layers along curved surfaces
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So, R. M. C.; Mellor, G. L.
1972-01-01
A curved wall tunnel was designed, and an equilibrium turbulent boundary layer was set up on the straight section preceding the curved test section. Turbulent boundary layer flows with uniform and adverse pressure distributions along convex and concave walls were investigated. Hot-wire measurements along the convex surface indicated that turbulent mixing between fluid layers was very much reduced. However, the law of the wall held and the skin friction, thus determined, correlated well with other measurements. Hot-wire measurements along the concave test wall revealed a system of longitudinal vortices inside the boundary layer and confirmed that concave curvature enhances mixing. A self-consistent set of turbulent boundary layer equations for flows along curved surfaces was derived together with a modified eddy viscosity. Solution of these equations together with the modified eddy viscosity gave results that correlated well with the present data on flows along the convex surface with arbitrary pressure distribution. However, it could only be used to predict the mean characteristics of the flow along concave walls because of the existence of the system of longitudinal vortices inside the boundary layer.
Large-eddy and direct simulations of accelerating boundary layers
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Yuan, Junlin; Grazioso, Valerio; Piomelli, Ugo
2010-11-01
Turbulent boundary layers subject to a favorable pressure gradient (which induces freestream acceleration) are found in many engineering applications, such as airfoils or curved ducts. If the acceleration is sufficiently large, turbulence production decreases, and the flow reverts to a laminar or quasi-laminar state. Once the cause of relaminarization is removed, the flow re-transitions to turbulence in a process that may depend critically on the residual levels of turbulent fluctuation during the relaminarization. We performed direct and large-eddy simulations (DNS and LES) of accelerating boundary layers, on smooth and rough flat plates. The DNS allows to study both the relaminarization and re-transition without requiring any turbulence model that may alter the physics. It also validates the LES, which can be extended to higher Reynolds numbers. The roughness is included using an Immersed Boundary Method. The entrainment of the irrotational freestream fluid into the boundary layer plays a critical role in the formation of a well-mixed outer layer and the stabilization of the inner layer. The wall-normal and shear components of the Reynolds stress decay more rapidly than the streamwise one, leading to a state of inactive turbulence that is advected from the upstream boundary layer into the relaminarization region. Roughness effects are limited to the near wall, but are nonetheless visible.
Boundary-layer control by electric fields A feasibility study
Mendes, R V
1998-01-01
A problem of great concern in aviation and submarine propulsion is the control of the boundary layer and, in particular, the methods to extend the laminar region as a means to decrease noise and fuel consumption. In this paper we study the flow of air along an airfoil when a layer of ionized gas and a longitudinal electric field are created in the boundary layer region. By deriving scaling solutions and more accurate numerical solutions we discuss the possibility of achieving significant boundary layer control for realistic physical parameters. Practical design formulas and criteria are obtained. We also discuss the perspectives for active control of the laminar-to-turbulent transition fluctuations by electromagnetic field modulation.
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Vanness, W.
1978-01-01
A summary report of boundary layer studies is presented. Preliminary results of experimental measurements show that: (1) A very thin layer (approximately 0.4 mm) of the boundary layer seems to be accelerated; (2) the static pressure of the outer flow does not remain exactly constant through the boundary layer; and (3) an oncoming boundary layer which is already turbulent at the suction point can again become laminar behind this point without being completely sucked off.
Turbulent boundary layer to single-stream shear layer: the transition region
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Morris, Scott C.; Foss, John F.
2003-11-01
This communication presents the results and conclusions of an experimental study of the near-separation region of a single-stream shear layer. The momentum thickness at separation (x {=} 0) was theta_0 {=} 9.6 mm, with Reynolds number shape Re_theta {=} 4650. Boundary layer separation was caused by a sharp 90(°) edge. Detailed single- and multi-point measurements of the velocity field were acquired at the streamwise locations 0 {<} x/theta_0 {<} 100. This represents the transition region between two of the canonical turbulent shear flows: the zero-pressure-gradient turbulent boundary layer and the single-stream shear layer. From the viewpoint of a separating boundary layer, the results describe how the turbulent flow reacts to a sudden change in wall boundary conditions. From the viewpoint of the developed shear layer, the results describe the transition to the self-similar region. The data acquired suggest that the initial shear layer instability occurs in the region very near separation (x {?} theta_0), and that it involves only the vorticity filaments which originate in the near-wall region of the upstream boundary layer. This ‘near-wall region’ roughly defines the origin of a narrow wedge-shaped domain that was identified from the velocity statistics. This domain is termed the ‘sub-shear layer’. The statistics of the velocity field in the region bounded by the sub-shear layer and the free-stream flow were found to represent the normative continuation of the upstream boundary layer. The sub-shear layer has been found to exhibit many of the standard features observed in fully developed shear layers. For example, velocity measurements on the entrainment side of the shear layer indicate that large-scale motions with spanwise coherence were observed. The streamwise dependence of the dominant frequency, convection velocity, and spanwise velocity correlation have been documented in order to characterize the sub-shear layer phenomenon.
The Boundary Layer Late Afternoon and Sunset Turbulence Project
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lothon, Marie; Lohou, Fabienne; Darbieu, Clara; Couvreux, Fleur; Pino, David; Blay, Estel; Vila-Guerau de Arellano, Jordi; Pietersen, Henk; Hartogensis, Oscar; Pardyjak, Eric; Alexander, Daniel; Reuder, Joachim; Baaserud, Line; Nilsson, Erik; Jimenez, Maria Antonia; Faloona, Ian; Sastre-Marugan, Mariano; Angevine, Wayne M.; Canut, Guylaine; Bazile, Eric
2014-05-01
The BLLAST (Boundary Layer Late Afternoon and Sunset Turbulence) project aims at better understanding the turbulence processes which occur during the transition from a well-mixed convective boundary layer to a residual layer overlying a stabilized nocturnal layer. This phase of the diurnal cycle is challenging from both modeling and observational perspectives: it is transitory, most of the forcings are small or null during the transition and the turbulence regime changes from the fully convective regime of turbulence, close to homogeneous and isotropic, toward more heterogeneous and intermittent turbulence during its decay. Those issues motivated a field campaign that was conducted from 14 June to 8 July 2011 in southern France in complex terrain and consisted of a range of integrated instrument platforms including: full-size aircraft, Remotely Piloted Airplane Systems (RPAS), remote sensing instruments, radiosoundings, tethered balloons, surface flux stations, and various meteorological towers deployed over different surface covers. The boundary layer, from the earth's surface to free troposphere was densely probed during the entire day, with a focus and intense observations from midday until sunset. The field dataset now forms the base of a set of studies utilizing the observations and several types of models including: Large Eddy Simulation, Mesoscale models, forecast models. The presentation will expose an overview of this experiment and of the current observational and modeling studies, with the focus on: the turbulence decay process within the entire boundary layer from surface to the top, the mesoscale forcings of importance during BLLAST, the ability of the forecast models to represent the diurnal cycle, the relevance of the Monin Obukhov similarity theory, and shallow drainage flows. Reference: Lothon M. et al., 2012. The Boundary-Layer Late Afternoon and Sunset Turbulence field experiment, Proc. of the 20th Symposium on Boundary-Layers and Turbulence, 7-13 July, Boston, MA, USA.
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Chakroun, Walid M.; Taylor, Robert P.
1996-01-01
The objective of this research was to experimentally investigate the combined effects of freestream acceleration and surface roughness on heat transfer and fluid flow in the turbulent boundary layer. The experiments included a variety of flow conditions ranging from aerodynamically smooth to transitionally rough to fully rough boundary layers with accelerations ranging from moderate to moderately strong. The test surfaces used were a smooth-wall test surface and two rough-wall surfaces which were roughened with 1.27 mm diameter hemispheres spaced 2 and 4 base diameters apart in a staggered array. The measurements consisted of Stanton number distributions, mean temperature profiles, skin friction distributions, mean velocity profiles, turbulence intensity profiles, and Reynolds stress profiles. The Stanton numbers for the rough-wall experiments increased with acceleration. For aerodynamically smooth and transitionally rough boundary layers, the effect of roughness is not seen immediately at the beginning of the accelerated region as it is for fully rough boundary layers; however, as the boundery layer thins under acceleration, the surface becomes relatively rougher resulting in a sharp increase in Stanton number.
Large-eddy simulation of an infinitely large wind farm in a stable atmospheric boundary layer
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lu, H.; Porté-Agel, F.
2010-09-01
When deployed as large arrays, wind turbines interact among themselves and with atmospheric boundary layer. To optimize their geometric arrangements, accurate knowledge of wind-turbine array boundary layer is of great importance. In this study, we integrated large eddy simulation with an actuator line technique, and used it to study the characteristics of wind-turbine wake in an idealized wind farm inside a stably stratified atmospheric boundary layer (SBL). The wind turbines, with a rotor diameter of 112m and a tower height of 119m, were placed in a well-known SBL turbulent case that has a boundary layer height of approximately 180m. The super-geostrophic nocturnal jet near the top of the boundary layer was eliminated due to the energy extraction and the enhanced mixing of momentum. Non-axisymmetric behavior of wake structure was observed in response to the non-uniform incoming turbulence, the Coriolis effects, and the rotational effects induced by blade motions. The turbulence intensity in the simulated turbine wakes was found to reach a maximum at the top-tip level and a downwind distance of approximately 3-5 rotor diameters from the turbines. The Coriolis effects caused a skewed spatial structure and drove certain amount of turbulent energy away from the center of the wake. The SBL height was increased, while the magnitudes of the surface momentum flux and the surface buoyancy flux were reduced by approximately 30%. The wind farm was also found to have a strong effect on area-averaged vertical turbulent fluxes of momentum and heat, which highlights the potential impact of wind farms on local meteorology.
Stabilization of boundary layer streaks by plasma actuators
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Riherd, Mark; Roy, Subrata
2014-03-01
A flow's transition from laminar to turbulent leads to increased levels of skin friction. In recent years, dielectric barrier discharge actuators have been shown to be able to delay the onset of turbulence in boundary layers. While the laminar to turbulent transition process can be initiated by several different instability mechanisms, so far, only stabilization of the Tollmien-Schlichting path to transition has received significant attention, leaving the stabilization of other transition paths using these actuators less explored. To fill that void, a bi-global stability analysis is used here to examine the stabilization of boundary layer streaks in a laminar boundary layer. These streaks, which are important to both transient and by-pass instability mechanisms, are damped by the addition of a flow-wise oriented plasma body force to the boundary layer. Depending on the magnitude of the plasma actuation, this damping can be up to 25% of the perturbation's kinetic energy. The damping mechanism appears to be due to highly localized effects in the immediate vicinity of the body force, and when examined using a linearized Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes energy balance, indicate negative production of the perturbation's kinetic energy. Parametric studies of the stabilization have also been performed, varying the magnitude of the plasma actuator's body force and the spanwise wavenumber of the actuation. Based on these parametric studies, the damping of the boundary layer streaks appears to be linear with respect to the total amount of body force applied to the flow.
Bending Boundary Layers in Laminated-Composite Circular Cylindrical Shells
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Nemeth, Michael P.; Smeltzer, Stanley S., III
2000-01-01
A study of the attenuation of bending boundary layers in balanced and unbalanced, symmetrically and unsymmetrically laminated cylindrical shells is presented for nine contemporary material systems. The analysis is based on the linear Sanders-Koiter shell equations and specializations to the Love-Kirchhoff shell equations and Donnell's equations are included. Two nondimensional parameters are identified that characterize the effects of laminate orthotropy and anisotropy on the bending boundary-layer decay length in a very general manner. A substantial number of structural design technology results are presented for a wide range of laminated-composite cylinders. For all laminates considered, the results show that the differences between results obtained with the Sanders-Koiter shell equations, the Love-Kirchhoff shell equations, and Donnell's equations are negligible. The results also show that the effect of anisotropy in the form of coupling between pure bending and twisting has a negligible effect on the size of the bending boundary-layer decay length of the balanced, symmetrically laminated cylinders considered. Moreover, the results show that coupling between the various types of shell anisotropies has a negligible effect on the calculation of the bending boundary-layer decay length in most cases. The results also show that, in some cases, neglecting the shell anisotropy results in underestimating the bending boundary-layer decay length and, in other cases, results in an overestimation.
Bending Boundary Layers in Laminated-Composite Circular Cylindrical Shells
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Nemeth, Michael P.; Smeltzer, Stanley S., III
2000-01-01
An analytical, parametric study of the attenuation of bending boundary layers or edge effects in balanced and unbalanced, symmetrically and unsymmetrically laminated thin cylindrical shells is presented for nine contemporary material systems. The analysis is based on the linear Sanders-Koiter shell equations and specializations to the Love-Kirchhoff shell equations and Donnell's equations are included. Two nondimensional parameters are identified that characterize and quantify the effects of laminate orthotropy and laminate anisotropy on the bending boundary-layer decay length in a very general and encompassing manner. A substantial number of structural design technology results are presented for a wide range of laminated-composite cylinders. For all the laminate constructions considered, the results show that the differences between results that were obtained with the Sanders-Koiter shell equations, the Love-Kirchhoff shell equations, and Donnell's equations are negligible. The results also show that the effect of anisotropy in the form of coupling between pure bending and twisting has a negligible effect on the size of the bending boundary-layer decay length of the balanced, symmetrically laminated cylinders considered. Moreover, the results show that coupling between the various types of shell anisotropies has a negligible effect on the calculation of the bending boundary-layer decay length in most cases. The results also show that in some cases neglecting the shell anisotropy results in underestimating the bending boundary-layer decay length and in other cases it results in an overestimation.
Particle motion in atmospheric boundary layers of Mars and Earth
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White, B. R.; Iversen, J. D.; Greeley, R.; Pollack, J. B.
1975-01-01
To study the eolian mechanics of saltating particles, both an experimental investigation of the flow field around a model crater in an atmospheric boundary layer wind tunnel and numerical solutions of the two- and three-dimensional equations of motion of a single particle under the influence of a turbulent boundary layer were conducted. Two-dimensional particle motion was calculated for flow near the surfaces of both Earth and Mars. For the case of Earth both a turbulent boundary layer with a viscous sublayer and one without were calculated. For the case of Mars it was only necessary to calculate turbulent boundary layer flow with a laminar sublayer because of the low values of friction Reynolds number; however, it was necessary to include the effects of slip flow on a particle caused by the rarefied Martian atmosphere. In the equations of motion the lift force functions were developed to act on a single particle only in the laminar sublayer or a corresponding small region of high shear near the surface for a fully turbulent boundary layer. The lift force functions were developed from the analytical work by Saffman concerning the lift force acting on a particle in simple shear flow.
Turbulent boundary-layer structure of flows over freshwater biofilms
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Walker, J. M.; Sargison, J. E.; Henderson, A. D.
2013-12-01
The structure of the turbulent boundary-layer for flows over freshwater biofilms dominated by the diatom Tabellaria flocculosa was investigated. Biofilms were grown on large test plates under flow conditions in an Australian hydropower canal for periods up to 12 months. Velocity-profile measurements were obtained using LDV in a recirculating water tunnel for biofouled, smooth and artificially sandgrain roughened surfaces over a momentum thickness Reynolds number range of 3,000-8,000. Significant increases in skin friction coefficient of up to 160 % were measured over smooth-wall values. The effective roughnesses of the biofilms, k s, were significantly higher than their physical roughness measured using novel photogrammetry techniques and consisted of the physical roughness and a component due to the vibration of the biofilm mat. The biofilms displayed a k-type roughness function, and a logarithmic relationship was found between the roughness function and roughness Reynolds number based on the maximum peak-to-valley height of the biofilm, R t. The structure of the boundary layer adhered to Townsend's wall-similarity hypothesis even though the scale separation between the effective roughness height and the boundary-layer thickness was small. The biofouled velocity-defect profiles collapsed with smooth and sandgrain profiles in the outer region of the boundary layer. The Reynolds stresses and quadrant analysis also collapsed in the outer region of the boundary layer.
A simplified Reynolds stress model for unsteady turbulent boundary layers
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Fan, Sixin; Lakshminarayana, Budugur
1993-01-01
A simplified Reynolds stress model has been developed for the prediction of unsteady turbulent boundary layers. By assuming that the net transport of Reynolds stresses is locally proportional to the net transport of the turbulent kinetic energy, the time dependent full Reynolds stress model is reduced to a set of ordinary differential equations. These equations contain only time derivatives and can be readily integrated in a time dependent boundary layer or Navier-Stokes code. The turbulent kinetic energy and dissipation rate needed for the model are obtained by solving the k-epsilon equations. This simplified Reynolds stress turbulence model (SRSM) does not use the eddy viscosity assumption, which may not be valid for unsteady turbulent flows. The anisotropy of both the steady and the unsteady turbulent normal stresses can be captured by the SRSM model. Through proper damping of the shear stresses, the present model can be used in the near wall region of turbulent boundary layers. This model has been validated against data for steady and unsteady turbulent boundary layers, including periodic turbulent boundary layers subjected to a mean adverse pressure gradient. For the cases tested, the predicted unsteady velocity and turbulent stress components agree well with the experimental data. Comparison between the predictions from the SRSM model and a k-epsilon model is also presented.
Coherent streaky structures and optimal perturbations of turbulent boundary layers
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Cossu, C.; Pujals, G.; Depardon, S.
The presence of persistent streaky structures is a well established robust feature of turbulent shear flows . A large amount of research has been dedicated to the understanding of the mechanisms by which streaks are generated and of their relevance on the turbulent dynamics. In the near wall region of the boundary layer these streaks, with characteristic mean spacing of about one hundred wall units, are thought to play an essential role in a turbulent self sustained mechanism. The `lift-up' effect by which low energy streamwise vortices can induce large energy streaks is an important process embedded in this self sustained mechanism. Recent studies have also demonstrated that the well controlled optimal transient growth of artificially forced streaks can be efficiently used to manipulate at leading order laminar shear flows. Such a paradigm has been successfully applied to stabilize Tollmien-Schlichting waves in a laminar boundary layer [1] and to effectively delay transition to turbulence [4]. In these investigations, roughness elements were used to create nearly optimal vortices in the upstream part of the boundary layer that induced well controlled streamwise streaks downstream. A still not addressed extension of such a kind of approach would consist in the manipulation of turbulent boundary layers with optimal or nearly optimal vortices and streaks, the first step in this direction being to compute the optimal perturbations of the turbulent boundary layer.
Coherent streaky structures and optimal perturbations of turbulent boundary layers
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Cossu, C.; Pujals, G.; Depardon, S.
The presence of persistent streaky structures is a well established robust feature of turbulent shear flows . A large amount of research has been dedicated to the understanding of the mechanisms by which streaks are generated and of their relevance on the turbulent dynamics. In the near wall region of the boundary layer these streaks, with characteristic mean spacing of about one hundred wall units, are thought to play an essential role in a turbulent self sustained mechanism. The 'lift-up' effect by which low energy streamwise vortices can induce large energy streaks is an important process embedded in this self sustained mechanism. Recent studies have also demonstrated that the well controlled optimal transient growth of artificially forced streaks can be efficiently used to manipulate at leading order laminar shear flows. Such a paradigm has been successfully applied to stabilize Tollmien-Schlichting waves in a laminar boundary layer [1] and to effectively delay transition to turbulence [4]. In these investigations, roughness elements were used to create nearly optimal vortices in the upstream part of the boundary layer that induced well controlled streamwise streaks downstream. A still not addressed extension of such a kind of approach would consist in the manipulation of turbulent boundary layers with optimal or nearly optimal vortices and streaks, the first step in this direction being to compute the optimal perturbations of the turbulent boundary layer.
The upper-branch stability of compressible boundary layer flows
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Gajjar, J. S. B.; Cole, J. W.
1989-01-01
The upper-branch linear and nonlinear stability of compressible boundary layer flows is studied using the approach of Smith and Bodonyi (1982) for a similar incompressible problem. Both pressure gradient boundary layers and Blasius flow are considered with and without heat transfer, and the neutral eigenrelations incorporating compressibility effects are obtained explicitly. The compressible nonlinear viscous critical layer equations are derived and solved numerically and the results indicate some solutions with positive phase shift across the critical layer. Various limiting cases are investigated including the case of much larger disturbance amplitudes and this indicates the structure for the strongly nonlinear critical layer of the Benney-Bergeon (1969) type. It is also shown how a match with the inviscid neutral inflexional modes arising from the generalized inflexion point criterion, is achieved.
Anisotropic Mesh Adaptivity for Turbulent Flows with Boundary Layers
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Chitale, Kedar C.
Turbulent flows are found everywhere in nature and are studied, analyzed and simulated using various experimental and numerical tools. For computational analysis, a variety of turbulence models are available and the accuracy of these models in capturing the phenomenon depends largely on the mesh spacings, especially near the walls, in the boundary layer region. Special semi-structured meshes called "mesh boundary layers" are widely used in the CFD community in simulations of turbulent flows, because of their graded and orthogonal layered structure. They provide an efficient way to achieve very fine and highly anisotropic mesh spacings without introducing poorly shaped elements. Since usually the required mesh spacings to accurately resolve the flow are not known a priori to the simulations, an adaptive approach based on a posteriori error indicators is used to achieve an appropriate mesh. In this study, we apply the adaptive meshing techniques to turbulent flows with a focus on boundary layers. We construct a framework to calculate the critical wall normal mesh spacings inside the boundary layers based on the flow physics and the knowledge of the turbulence model. This approach is combined with numerical error indicators to adapt the entire flow region. We illustrate the effectiveness of this hybrid approach by applying it to three aerodynamic flows and studying their superior performance in capturing the flow structures in detail. We also demonstrate the capabilities of the current developments in parallel boundary layer mesh adaptation by applying them to two internal flow problems. We also study the application of adaptive boundary layer meshes to complex geometries like multi element wings. We highlight the advantage of using such techniques for superior wake and tip region resolution by showcasing flow results. We also outline the future direction for the adaptive meshing techniques to be useful to the large scale flow computations.
Synthetic Jet Interaction With A Turbulent Boundary Layer Flow
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Smith, Douglas R.
2002-01-01
Perhaps one of the more notable advances to have occurred in flow control technology in the last fifteen years is the application of surface-issuing jets for separation control on aerodynamic surfaces. The concept was introduced by Johnston and Night (1990) who proposed using circular jets, skewed and inclined to the wall, to generate streamwise vortices for the purpose of mitigating boundary layer separation. The skew and inclination angles have subsequently been shown to affect the strength and sign of the ensuing vortices. With a non-circular orifice, in addition to skew and inclination, the yaw angle of the major axis of the orifice can influence the flow control effectiveness of the jet. In particular, a study by Chang arid Collins (1997) revealed that a non-circular orifice, yawed relative to the freestream, can be used to control the size and strength of the vortices produced by the control jet. This early work used jets with only a steady injection of mass. Seifert et al. revealed that an unsteady blowing jet, could be as effective at separation control as a steady jet but with less mass flow. Seifert et al. showed that small amplitude blowing oscillations superimposed on a low momentum steady jet Was the most effective approach to delaying separation on a NACA 0015 airfoil at post-stall angles of attack. More recent work suggests that perhaps the most efficient jet control effect comes from a synthetic (oscillatory) jet where the time-averaged mass flux through the orifice is zero, but the net wall normal momentum is non-zero. The control effectiveness of synthetic jets has been demonstrated for several internal and external flow fields used synthetic jet control on a thick, blunt-nosed airfoil to delay stall well beyond the stall angles for the uncontrolled airfoil and with a dramatic increase in the lift-to-drag performance. Amitay et al. used an array of synthetic jets to mitigate flow separation in curved and diffusing ducts. While the control effectiveness of synthetic jet actuators in an application setting has been confirmed through a number of studies, the fluid dynamic mechanism by which control is effected is not well understood. Issues like yaw angle arid velocity ratio that have been studied for steady control jets have not been investigated for synthetic jets. Moreover, the role played by the inherently unsteady nature of a synthetic jet in the interaction with the controlled flow is not known. Some recent work by Rinehart and Glazer and Smith suggests that away from tile immediate vicinity of the jet orifice the flow field is steady in the mean, and that the interaction of a synthetic jet and a boundary layer creates a secondary flow in the boundary layer consisting primarily of streamwise vortices.
Effects of adverse pressure gradient on heat transfer mechanism in thermal boundary layer
T. Houra; Y. Nagano
2006-01-01
Characteristics of turbulent boundary layer flows with adverse pressure gradients (APG) differ significantly from those of canonical boundary layers. We have experimentally investigated the effects of APG on the heat transfer mechanism in a turbulent boundary layer developing on a uniformly heated plate. It is found that in the APG boundary layer the Stanton number follows the correlation curve for
Heat transfer to the transpired turbulent boundary layer.
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Kays, W. M.
1972-01-01
This paper contains a summarization of five years work on an investigation on heat transfer to the transpired turbulent boundary layer. Experimental results are presented for friction coefficient and Stanton number over a wide range of blowing and suction for the case of constant free-stream velocity, holding certain blowing parameters constant. The problem of the accelerated turbulent boundary layer with transpiration is considered, experimental data are presented and discussed, and theoretical models for solution of the momentum equation under these conditions are presented. Data on turbulent Prandtl number are presented so that solutions to the energy equation may be obtained. Some examples of boundary layer heat transfer and friction coefficient predictions are presented using one of the models discussed, employing a finite difference solution method.
The analysis of a nonsimilar laminar boundary layer
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Stalmach, D. D.; Bertin, J. J.
1978-01-01
A computer code is described which yields accurate solutions for a broad range of laminar, nonsimilar boundary layers, providing the inviscid flow field is known. The boundary layer may be subject to mass injection for perfect-gas, nonreacting flows. If no mass injection is present, the code can be used with either perfect-gas or real-gas thermodynamic models. Solutions, ranging from two-dimensional similarity solutions to solutions for the boundary layer on the Space Shuttle Orbiter during reentry conditions, have been obtained with the code. Comparisons of these solutions, and others, with solutions presented in the literature; and with solutions obtained from other codes, demonstrate the accuracy of the present code.
A compilation of unsteady turbulent boundary-layer experimental data
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Carr, L. W.
1981-01-01
An extensive literature search was conducted and those experiments related to unsteady boundary layer behavior were cataloged. In addition, an international survey of industrial, university, and governmental research laboratories was made in which new and ongoing experimental programs associated with unsteady turbulent boundary layer research were identified. Pertinent references were reviewed and classified based on the technical emphasis of the various experiments. Experiments that include instantaneous or ensemble averaged profiles of boundary layer variables are stressed. The experimental apparatus and flow conditions are described and summaries of acquired data and significant conclusions are summarized. Measurements obtained from the experiments which exist in digital form were stored on magnetic tape. Instructions are given for accessing these data sets for further analysis.
Atmospheric boundary layer processes during a total solar eclipse
SethuRaman, S.; Prabhu, A.; Narahari Rao, K.; Narasimha, R.
1980-01-01
The total solar eclipse that occurred over the southern part of India on February 16, 1980, gave a unique opportunity to study the earth's atmospheric boundary layer. The meteorological experiments during the 1980 solar eclipse were conducted at Raichur, India (16/sup 0/12'N, 77/sup 0/21'E) located in the state of Karnataka, approximately 400-m above sea level. The main objective was to determine the changes in the earth's atmosphere during and immediately after the eclipse. The goal was to study the changes in the momentum and heat fluxes in the boundary layer due to the eclipse. Measurements were made for 2 days prior to and 1 day after the day of the eclipse to determine background characteristics of the boundary layer which might be site-dependent.
Low-frequency pressure fluctuations in axisymmetric turbulent boundary layers
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Panton, R. L.; Goldman, A. L.; Lowery, R. L.; Reischman, M. M.
1980-01-01
Measurements were made of wall pressure fluctuations under a turbulent boundary layer on the fuselage of a sailplane. Experiments with the sailplane offered a noise-free flow with a low free-stream turbulence level. In this environment the wall-pressure spectrum of a turbulent boundary layer with natural transition was found to drop off at low frequencies. Correlations between several wall-mounted microphones revealed that the large-scale motions contribute about 35% to the mean square pressure. Velocity fluctuations at several positions within and outside the boundary layer were measured and correlated with the wall pressure. It seems that the irrotational motions in the turbulent region are primarily responsible for the large-scale wall-pressure fluctuations. A time-lagged conditional correlation of the pressure was introduced to gain further insight into the pressure-producing motions.
Influence of surface compliance on boundary layer noise
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Howe, M. S.
1983-04-01
The theory of aerodynamic sound in the form developed by Williams and Hawkings (1969) is applied to investigate the production of sound by turbulent boundary layer flow over a thin, flexible plate. Conventional theories of boundary layer noise attribute the radiation to the boundary layer quadrupoles and their (passive) images in the plate, and neglect the interaction of turbulence with the finite amplitude motion of the plate caused by the wall pressure fluctuations. This interaction generates sound whose intensity is characteristic of aerodynamic sources of dipole type. In (underwater) situations involving the high fluid loading of steel plates, it is shown that the intensity of the dipole noise is generally comparable to that produced by the quadrupoles. The dipoles dominate the radiation from more compliant surfaces, of the type commonly used in experiments on compliant wall drag reduction, and it is suggested that the injudicious deployment of compliant wall coatings may result in the production of unacceptably high levels of aerodynamic noise.
Numerical Simulations of Wake/Boundary Layer Interactions
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Piomelli, Ugo; Choudhari, Meelan M.; Ovchinnikov, Victor; Balaras, Elias
2003-01-01
Direct and large-eddy simulations of the interaction between the wake of a circular cylinder and a flat-plate boundary layer are conducted. Two Reynolds numbers are examined. The simulations indicate that at the lower Reynolds number the boundary layer is buffeted by the unsteady Karman vortex street shed by the cylinder. The fluctuations, however, cannot be self-sustained due to the low Reynolds-number, and the flow does not reach a turbulent state within the computational domain. In contrast, in the higher Reynolds-number case, boundary-layer fluctuations persist after the wake has decayed (due, in part, to the higher values of the local Reynolds number Re(sub theta) achieved in this case); some evidence could be observed that a self-sustaining turbulence generation cycle was beginning to be established.
DNS of Turbulent Boundary Layers under Highenthalpy Conditions
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Duan, Lian; Martín, Pino
2010-11-01
To study real-gas effects and turbulence-chemistry interaction, direct numerical simulations (DNS) of hypersonic boundary layers are conducted under typical hypersonic conditions. We consider the boundary layer on a lifting-body consisting of a flat plate at an angle of attack, which flies at altitude 30km with a Mach number 21. Two different inclined angles, 35^o and 8^o, are considered,representing blunt and slender bodies. Both noncatalytic and supercatalytic wall conditions are considered. The DNS data are studied to assess the validity of Morkovin's hypothesis, the strong Reynolds analogy, as well as the behaviors of turbulence structures under high-enthalpy conditions.Relative to low-enthalpy conditions [1], significant differences in typical scalings are observed. [4pt] [1] L. Duan and I. Beekman and M. P. Mart'in, Direct numerical simulation of hypersonic turbulent boundary layers. Part 2: Effect of temperature, J. Fluid Mech. 655 (2010), 419-445.
Roughness Induced Transition in a Supersonic Boundary Layer
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Balakumar, Ponnampalam; Kergerise, Michael A.
2013-01-01
Direct numerical simulation is used to investigate the transition induced by threedimensional isolated roughness elements in a supersonic boundary layer at a free stream Mach number of 3.5. Simulations are performed for two different configurations: one is a square planform roughness and the other is a diamond planform roughness. The mean-flow calculations show that the roughness induces counter rotating streamwise vortices downstream of the roughness. These vortices persist for a long distance downstream and lift the low momentum fluid from the near wall region and place it near the outer part of the boundary layer. This forms highly inflectional boundary layer profiles. These observations agree with recent experimental observations. The receptivity calculations showed that the amplitudes of the mass-flux fluctuations near the neutral point for the diamond shape roughness are the same as the amplitude of the acoustic disturbances. They are three times smaller for the square shape roughness.
Vortex Generators to Control Boundary Layer Interactions
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Babinsky, Holger (Inventor); Loth, Eric (Inventor); Lee, Sang (Inventor)
2014-01-01
Devices for generating streamwise vorticity in a boundary includes various forms of vortex generators. One form of a split-ramp vortex generator includes a first ramp element and a second ramp element with front ends and back ends, ramp surfaces extending between the front ends and the back ends, and vertical surfaces extending between the front ends and the back ends adjacent the ramp surfaces. A flow channel is between the first ramp element and the second ramp element. The back ends of the ramp elements have a height greater than a height of the front ends, and the front ends of the ramp elements have a width greater than a width of the back ends.
Turbulence models for compressible boundary layers
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Huang, P. G.; Bradshaw, P.; Coakley, T. J.
1994-01-01
It is shown that to satisfy the general accepted compressible law of the wall derived from the Van Driest transformation, turbulence modeling coefficients must actually be functions of density gradients. The transformed velocity profiles obtained by using standard turbulence model constants have too small a value of the effective von Karman constant kappa in the log-law region (inner layer). Thus, if the model is otherwise accurate, the wake component is overpredicted and the predicted skin friction is lower than the expected value.
Blowing-up coordinates for a similarity boundary layer equation
BERNARD BRIGHI; TEWFIK SARI
2005-01-01
We introduce blowing-up coordinates to study the autonomous third order nonlinear dierential equation : f000 + m+1 2 ff 00 mf02 = 0 on (0,1), subject to the boundary conditions f(0) = a 2 R, f0(0) = 1 and f0(t) ! 0 as t ! 1. This problem arises when looking for similarity solutions to problems of boundary-layer theory in
Entrainment results from the Flatland boundary layer experiments
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Angevine, Wayne M.; Grimsdell, Alison W.; McKeen, Stuart A.; Warnock, J. M.
1998-06-01
A primary objective of the 1995 and 1996 Flatland boundary layer experiments, known as Flatland95 and Flatland96, was to measure and characterize entrainment at the top of the convective boundary layer. The experiments took place in the area near the Flatland Atmospheric Observatory near Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in August-September 1995 and June-August 1996. The site is interesting because it is extraordinarily flat, has uniform land use, and is situated in a prime agricultural area. Measurements in the entrainment zone are difficult to make due to the time and space scales involved. We will present entrainment estimates derived from budget calculations with data from UHF wind profiling radars and from radiosondes. The results demonstrate that the remote sensing instruments produce results comparable to radiosondes and have significant advantages for boundary layer studies. Surface flux measurements are also used in the calculations. Direct heating by shortwave radiation absorbed by aerosols in the boundary layer is found to be an important component of the boundary layer heat budgets. The entrainment virtual temperature flux and the ratio of entrainment to surface flux found from the budget calculations are somewhat larger than expected. Advection of warm air, which is not accounted for in the budget calculations, is probably a factor in some periods but may not be significant in the full data set. For the full data set, the mean entrainment velocity found from the heat budget is 0.03±0.01 m s-1, slightly less than the mean rate of change of the boundary layer height. The mean entrainment ratio AR is 0.51±0.12 and the median is 0.43, comparable to results from some other studies in comparable conditions.
Unsteady turbulent boundary layers in swimming rainbow trout.
Yanase, Kazutaka; Saarenrinne, Pentti
2015-05-01
The boundary layers of rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss, swimming at 1.02±0.09?L?s(-1) (mean±s.d., N=4), were measured by the particle image velocimetry (PIV) technique at a Reynolds number of 4×10(5). The boundary layer profile showed unsteadiness, oscillating above and beneath the classical logarithmic law of the wall with body motion. Across the entire surface regions that were measured, local Reynolds numbers based on momentum thickness, which is the distance that is perpendicular to the fish surface through which the boundary layer momentum flows at free-stream velocity, were greater than the critical value of 320 for the laminar-to-turbulent transition. The skin friction was dampened on the convex surface while the surface was moving towards a free-stream flow and increased on the concave surface while retreating. These observations contradict the result of a previous study using different species swimming by different methods. Boundary layer compression accompanied by an increase in local skin friction was not observed. Thus, the overall results may not support absolutely the Bone-Lighthill boundary layer thinning hypothesis that the undulatory motions of swimming fish cause a large increase in their friction drag because of the compression of the boundary layer. In some cases, marginal flow separation occurred on the convex surface in the relatively anterior surface region, but the separated flow reattached to the fish surface immediately downstream. Therefore, we believe that a severe impact due to induced drag components (i.e. pressure drag) on the swimming performance, an inevitable consequence of flow separation, was avoided. PMID:25750412
Hypersonic turbulent wall boundary layer computations
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Kim, S. C.; Harloff, G. J.
1988-01-01
The Baldwin-Lomax algebraic turbulence model was modified for hypersonic flow conditions. Two coefficients in the outer layer eddy viscosity model were determined as functions of Mach number and temperature ratio. By matching the solutions from the Baldwin-Lomax model to those from the Cebeci-Smith model for a flat plate at hypersonic speed, the new values of the coefficient were obtained. The results show that the values of C sub cp and C sub kleb are functions of both Mach number and wall temperature ratio. The C sub cp and C sub kleb variations with Mach number and wall temperature were used for the calculations of both a 4 deg wedge flow at Mach 18 and an axisymmetric Mach 20 nozzle flow. The Navier-Stokes equations with thin layer approximation were solved for the above hypersonic flow conditions and the results were compared with existing experimental data. The agreement between the numerical solutions and the existing experimental data were good. The modified Baldwin-Lomax model thus is useful in the computations of hypersonic flows.
Hypersonic turbulent wall boundary layer computations
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Kim, S. C.; Harloff, G. J.
1988-01-01
The Baldwin-Lomax (1978) algebraic turbulence model was modified for hypersonic flow conditions. Two coefficients in the outer-layer eddy-viscosity model were determined as functions of Mach number and temperature ratio. By matching the solutions from the Baldwin-Lomax model to those from the Cebeci-Smith (1974) model for a flat plate at hypersonic speed, the new values of the coefficients were obtained. The results show that the values of C(cp) and C(kleb) are functions of both Mach number and wall temperature ratio. The C(cp) and C(kleb) variations with Mach number and wall temperature were used for the calculations of both a 4-deg wedge flow at Mach 18 and an axisymmetric Mach 20 nozzle flow. The Navier-Stokes equations with thin-layer approximation were solved for the above hypersonic flow conditions and the results were compared with existing experimental data. The agreement between the numerical solutions and the existing experimental data were good. The modified Baldwin-Lomax model thus is useful in the computations of hypersonic flows.
Numerical Study of Boundary-Layer in Aerodynamics
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Shih, Tom I-P.
1997-01-01
The accomplishments made in the following three tasks are described: (1) The first task was to study shock-wave boundary-layer interactions with bleed - this study is relevant to boundary-layer control in external and mixed-compression inlets of supersonic aircraft; (2) The second task was to test RAAKE, a code developed for computing turbulence quantities; and (3) The third task was to compute flow around the Ames ER-2 aircraft that has been retrofitted with containers over its wings and fuselage. The appendices include two reports submitted to AIAA for publication.
Simulation of glancing shock wave and boundary layer interaction
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Hung, Ching-Mao
1989-01-01
Shock waves generated by sharp fins, glancing across a laminar boundary layer growing over a flat plate, are simulated numerically. Several basic issues concerning the resultant three-dimensional flow separation are studied. Using the same number of grid points, different grid spacings are employed to investigate the effects of grid resolution on the origin of the line of separation. Various shock strengths (generated by different fin angles) are used to study the so-called separated and unseparated boundary layer and to establish the existence or absence of the secondary separation. The usual interpretations of the flow field from previous studies and new interpretations arising from the present simulation are discussed.
Passive control plate for shock-boundary layer interactions
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Goodman, Wesley L.; Morrisette, E. Leon
1988-01-01
Computational and experimental results are presented for a passive method capable of reducing or completely eliminating the separation region in shock-boundary layer interactions of the type that can result in severe performance degradation due to flow separation in supersonic and hypersonic inlets. The method involves the placement of an embedded plate in the outer portion of the boundary layer, parallel to the wall, so that the incident shock will impinge upon, and be reflected from, its surface. This will lower the pressure gradient in the low-momentum, near-wall region. A porous control plate's effect has also been investigated.
Plasma behavior in the boundary layer near a railgun surface
Kang, S.W.; McCallen, R. )
1989-01-01
Viscous flow and thermal characteristics are theoretically analyzed for the plasma behind a moving projectile inside a railgun. When only convective effects are included in the turbulent boundary layer analysis, the results suggest a temperature maximum in the wall region for very high velocity flows. The case of radiative as well as convective transport has also been investigated for an optically thick boundary layer flow by application of an approximate method. Results show a sizable effect of radiation on the flow characteristics, especially on the heat transfer rate to the railgun surface.
Plasma behavior in the boundary layer near a railgun surface
Kang, Sang-Wook; McCallen, R.E.
1988-03-01
Viscous flow and thermal characteristics are theoretically analyzed for the plasma behind a moving projectile inside a railgun. When only convective effects are included in the turbulent boundary layer analysis, the results suggest a temperature maximum in the wall region for very high velocity flows. The case of radiative as well as convective transport has also been investigated for an optically-thick boundary layer flow by application of an approximate method. Results show a sizable effect of radiation on the flow characteristics, especially on the heat-transfer rate to the railgun surface. 7 refs., 2 figs.
Analytical Model of the Time Developing Turbulent Boundary Layer
Victor S. L'vov; Anna Pomyalov; Antonino Ferrante; Said Elghobashi
2007-06-04
We present an analytical model for the time-developing turbulent boundary layer (TD-TBL) over a flat plate. The model provides explicit formulae for the temporal behavior of the wall-shear stress and both the temporal and spatial distributions of the mean streamwise velocity, the turbulence kinetic energy and Reynolds shear stress. The resulting profiles are in good agreement with the DNS results of spatially-developing turbulent boundary layers at momentum thickness Reynolds number equal to 1430 and 2900. Our analytical model is, to the best of our knowledge, the first of its kind for TD-TBL.
Characteristics of turbulence in boundary layer with zero pressure gradient
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Klebanoff, P S
1955-01-01
The results of an experimental investigation of a turbulent boundary layer with zero pressure gradient are presented. Measurements with the hot-wire anemometer were made of turbulent energy and turbulent shear stress, probability density and flattening factor of u-fluctuation (fluctuation in x-direction), spectra of turbulent energy and shear stress, and turbulent dissipation. The importance of the region near the wall and the inadequacy of the concept of local isotropy are demonstrated. Attention is given to the energy balance and the intermittent character of the outer region of the boundary layer. Also several interesting features of the spectral distribution of the turbulent motions are discussed.
Air Flow in the Boundary Layer of an Elliptic Cylinder
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Schubauer, G B
1939-01-01
The boundary layer of an elliptic cylinder of major and minor axis 11.78 and 3.98 inches, respectively, was investigated in air stream in which the turbulence could be varied. Conditions were arranged so that the flow was two-dimensional with the major axis of the ellipse parallel to the undisturbed stream. Speed distributions across the boundary layer were determined with a hot-wire anemometer at a number of positions about the surface for the lowest and highest intensities of turbulence, with the air speed in both cases sufficiently high to produce a turbulent boundary layer over the downstream part of the surface. The magnitude and the frequency of the speed fluctuations in the boundary layer were also measured by the use of the conventional type of hot-wire turbulence apparatus. Stream turbulence was found to affect both the nature of transition from laminar to turbulent flow in the layer and the position on the surface at which transition occurred. Transition was then investigated in detail with stream turbulence of several different scales and intensities.
Observational Effects of Anomalous Boundary Layers in Relativistic Jets
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Aloy, M. A.; Mimica, P.
2008-07-01
Recent theoretical work has pointed out that the transition layer between a jet and the medium surrounding it may be more complex than previously thought. Under physically realizable conditions, the transverse profile of the Lorentz factor in the boundary layer can be nonmonotonic, displaying the absolute maximum where the flow is faster than at the jet spine, followed by a steep falloff. Likewise, the rest-mass density reaches an absolute minimum (coincident with the maximum in Lorentz factor) and then grows until it reaches the external medium value. Such behavior is in contrast to the standard monotonic decline of the Lorentz factor (from a maximum value at the jet central spine) and the corresponding increase of the rest-mass density (from the minimum reached at the jet core). We study the emission properties of the aforementioned anomalous shear layer structures in kiloparsec-scale jets, aiming to show observable differences with respect to conventional monotonic and smooth boundary layers.
A model of the wall boundary layer for ducted propellers
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Eversman, Walter; Moehring, Willi
1987-01-01
The objective of the present study is to include a representation of a wall boundary layer in an existing finite element model of the propeller in the wind tunnel environment. The major consideration is that the new formulation should introduce only modest alterations in the numerical model and should still be capable of producing economical predictions of the radiated acoustic field. This is accomplished by using a stepped approximation in which the velocity profile is piecewise constant in layers. In the limit of infinitesimally thin layers, the velocity profile of the stepped approximation coincides with that of the continuous profile. The approach described here could also be useful in modeling the boundary layer in other duct applications, particularly in the computation of the radiated acoustic field for sources contained in a duct.
Laminar-Turbulent Transition Behind Discrete Roughness Elements in a High-Speed Boundary Layer
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Choudhari, Meelan M.; Li, Fei; Wu, Minwei; Chang, Chau-Lyan; Edwards, Jack R., Jr.; Kegerise, Michael; King, Rudolph
2010-01-01
Computations are performed to study the flow past an isolated roughness element in a Mach 3.5, laminar, flat plate boundary layer. To determine the effects of the roughness element on the location of laminar-turbulent transition inside the boundary layer, the instability characteristics of the stationary wake behind the roughness element are investigated over a range of roughness heights. The wake flow adjacent to the spanwise plane of symmetry is characterized by a narrow region of increased boundary layer thickness. Beyond the near wake region, the centerline streak is surrounded by a pair of high-speed streaks with reduced boundary layer thickness and a secondary, outer pair of lower-speed streaks. Similar to the spanwise periodic pattern of streaks behind an array of regularly spaced roughness elements, the above wake structure persists over large distances and can sustain strong enough convective instabilities to cause an earlier onset of transition when the roughness height is sufficiently large. Time accurate computations are performed to clarify additional issues such as the role of the nearfield of the roughness element during the generation of streak instabilities, as well as to reveal selected details of their nonlinear evolution. Effects of roughness element shape on the streak amplitudes and the interactions between multiple roughness elements aligned along the flow direction are also investigated.
Magnetic field maxima in the low latitude boundary layer
Sonnerup, B. (Dartmouth College, Hannover, NH (United States)); Paschmann, G.; Phan, T.D. (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik, Garching (Germany)); Luehr, H. (Technische Universitaet, Braunschweig (Germany))
1992-09-04
The magnetic field often exhibits a maximum in the Earth's low-latitude boundary layer. The authors show examples of this behavior, using data from the AMPTE/IRM spacecraft, and argue that two fundamentally distinct causes exist for the excess field: (1) a depression, within the layer, of the population of medium-energy ions of magnetospheric origin; (2) field curvature effects associated with undulations of the magnetopause itself.
A new absorbing layer boundary condition for the wave equation
Vay, J.L.
2000-09-11
A new absorbing boundary condition using an absorbing layer is presented for application to finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) calculation of the wave equation. This algorithm is by construction a hybrid between the Berenger perfectly matched layer (PML) algorithm and the one-way Sommerfeld algorithm. The new prescription contains both of these earlier ones as particular cases, and retains benefits from both. Numerical results indicate that the new algorithm provides absorbing rates superior to those of the PML algorithm.
Strained layer superlattice focal plane array having a planar structure
Kim, Jin K; Carroll, Malcolm S; Gin, Aaron; Marsh, Phillip F; Young, Erik W; Cich, Michael J
2012-10-23
An infrared focal plane array (FPA) is disclosed which utilizes a strained-layer superlattice (SLS) formed of alternating layers of InAs and In.sub.xGa.sub.1-xSb with 0.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.0.5 epitaxially grown on a GaSb substrate. The FPA avoids the use of a mesa structure to isolate each photodetector element and instead uses impurity-doped regions formed in or about each photodetector for electrical isolation. This results in a substantially-planar structure in which the SLS is unbroken across the entire width of a 2-D array of the photodetector elements which are capped with an epitaxially-grown passivation layer to reduce or eliminate surface recombination. The FPA has applications for use in the wavelength range of 3-25 .mu.m.
Physical description of boundary-layer transition: Experimental evidence
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Saric, William S.
1994-01-01
The problems of understanding the origins of turbulent flow and transition to turbulent flow are the most important unsolved problems of fluid mechanics and aerodynamics. It is well known that the stability, transition, and turbulent characteristics of bounded shear layers are fundamentally different from those of free shear layers. Likewise, the stability, transition, and turbulent characteristics of open systems are fundamentally different from those of closed systems. Because of the influence of indigenous disturbances, surface geometry and roughness, sound, heat transfer, and ablation, it is not possible to develop general prediction schemes for transition location and the nature of turbulent structures in boundary-layer flows. At the present time no mathematical model exists that can predict the transition Reynolds number on a flat plate. The recent progress in this area is encouraging, in that a number of distinct transition mechanisms have been found experimentally. The theoretical work finds them to be amplitude and Reynolds-number dependent. The theory remains rather incomplete with regard to predicting transition. Amplitude and spectral characteristics of the disturbances inside the laminar viscous layer strongly influence which type of transition occurs. The major need in this area is to understand how freestream disturbances are entrained into the boundary layer, i.e., to answer the question of receptivity. We refer receptivity to the mechanism(s) that cause freestream disturbances to enter the boundary layer and create the initial amplitudes for unstable waves.
Simulating Dispersion in the Evening-Transition Boundary Layer
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Taylor, Alexander C.; Beare, Robert J.; Thomson, David J.
2014-12-01
We investigate dispersion in the evening-transition boundary layer using large-eddy simulation (LES). In the LES, a particle model traces pollutant paths using a combination of the resolved flow velocities and a random displacement model to represent subgrid-scale motions. The LES is forced with both a sudden switch-off of the surface heat flux and also a more gradual observed evolution. The LES shows `lofting' of plumes from near-surface releases in the pre-transition convective boundary layer; it also shows the subsequent `trapping' of releases in the post-transition near-surface stable boundary layer and residual layer above. Given the paucity of observations for pollution dispersion in evening transitions, the LES proves a useful reference. We then use the LES to test and improve a one-dimensional Lagrangian Stochastic Model (LSM) such as is often used in practical dispersion studies. The LSM used here includes both time-varying and skewed turbulence statistics. It is forced with the vertical velocity variance, skewness and dissipation from the LES for particle releases at various heights and times in the evening transition. The LSM plume spreads are significantly larger than those from the LES in the post-transition stable boundary-layer trapping regime. The forcing from the LES was thus insufficient to constrain the plume evolution, and inclusion of the significant stratification effects was required. In the so-called modified LSM, a correction to the vertical velocity variance was included to represent the effect of stable stratification and the consequent presence of wave-like motions. The modified LSM shows improved trapping of particles in the post-transition stable boundary layer.
Chow, Fotini Katopodes
Immersed Boundary Methods for High-Resolution Simulation of Atmospheric Boundary-Layer Flow Over. Lundquist Spring 2010 #12;Immersed Boundary Methods for High-Resolution Simulation of Atmospheric Boundary as an immersed boundary method (IBM), alleviates coordinate transformation errors and eliminates restrictions
Investigations on entropy layer along hypersonic hyperboloids using a defect boundary layer
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Brazier, J. P.; Aupoix, B.; Cousteix, J.
1992-01-01
A defect approach coupled with matched asymptotic expansions is used to derive a new set of boundary layer equations. This method ensures a smooth matching of the boundary layer with the inviscid solution. These equations are solved to calculate boundary layers over hypersonic blunt bodies involving the entropy gradient effect. Systematic comparisons are made for both axisymmetric and plane flows in several cases with different Mach and Reynolds numbers. After a brief survey of the entropy layer characteristics, the defect boundary layer results are compared with standard boundary layer and full Navier-Stokes solutions. The entropy gradient effects are found to be more important in the axisymmetric case than in the plane one. The wall temperature has a great influence on the results through the displacement effect. Good predictions can be obtained with the defect approach over a cold wall in the nose region, with a first order solution. However, the defect approach gives less accurate results far from the nose on axisymmetric bodies because of the thinning of the entropy layer.
A high-resolution code for turbulent boundary layers
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Simens, Mark P.; Jiménez, Javier; Hoyas, Sergio; Mizuno, Yoshinori
2009-06-01
A new high-resolution code for the direct simulation of incompressible boundary layers over a flat plate is described. It can accommodate a wide range of pressure gradients, and general time-dependent boundary conditions such as incoming wakes or wall forcing. The consistency orders of the advective and pressure-correction steps are different, but it is shown that the overall resolution is controlled by the higher-order advection step. The formulation of boundary conditions to ensure global mass conservation in the presence of arbitrary forcing is carefully analyzed. Two validation boundary layers with and without a strong adverse pressure gradient are presented, with maximum Reynolds numbers Re??2000. They agree well with the available experiments. Turbulent inflow conditions for the zero-pressure case are implemented by a recycling method, and it is shown that at least the initial 300 momentum thicknesses have to be discarded before the effect of the artificial inflow is forgotten. It is argued that this is not a defect of the method used to generate the inflow, but a property of the boundary layer.
Spatial structures and scaling in the Convective Boundary Layer
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Badas, M. G.; Querzoli, G.
2011-04-01
We performed an investigation on spatial features of the Convective Boundary Layer (CBL) of the atmosphere, which was simulated in a laboratory model and analyzed by means of image analysis techniques. This flow is dominated by large, anisotropic vortical structures, whose spatial organization affects the scalar transport and therefore the fluxes across the boundary layer. With the aim of investigating the spatial structure and scaling in the Convective Boundary Layer, two-dimensional velocity fields were measured, on a vertical plane, by means of a pyramidal Lucas-Kanade algorithm. The coherent structures characterizing the turbulent convection were educed by analyzing the Finite-Time Lyapunov Exponent fields, which also revealed interesting phenomenological features linked to the mixing processes occurring in the Convective Boundary Layer. Both velocity and vorticity fields were analyzed in a scale-invariance framework. Data analysis showed that normalized probability distribution functions for velocity differences are dependent on the scale and tend to become Gaussian for large separations. Extended Self Similarity holds true for velocity structure functions computed within the mixing layer, and their scaling exponents are interpreted well in the phenomenological framework of the Hierarchical Structure Model. Specifically, ? parameter, which is related to the similarity between weak and strong vortices, reveals a higher degree of intermittency for the vertical velocity component with respect to the horizontal one. On the other hand, the analysis of circulation structure functions shows that scaling exponents are fairly constant in the lowest part of the mixed layer, and their values are in agreement with those reported in Benzi et al. (Phys Rev E 55:3739-3742, 1997) for shear turbulence. Moreover, the relationship between circulation and velocity scaling exponents is analyzed, and it is found to be linear in the bottom part of the mixing layer. The investigation of the CBL spatial features, which has seldom been studied experimentally, has important implications for the comprehension of the mixing dynamics, as well as in turbulence closure models.
Air flow in the boundary layer near a plate
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Dryden, Hugh L
1937-01-01
The published data on the distribution of speed near a thin flat plate with sharp leading edge placed parallel to the flow (skin friction plate) are reviewed and the results of some additional measurements are described. The purpose of the experiments was to study the basic phenomena of boundary-layer flow under simple conditions.
Kinetic Boundary Layers and FluidKinetic Coupling in Semiconductors
Schmeiser, Christian
Kinetic Boundary Layers and FluidÂKinetic Coupling in Semiconductors Pierre Degond 1 and Christian Schmeiser 2 Abstract. The semiconductor Boltzmann equation with elastic collisions as the dominating decomposition approach are presented. Key words: Semiconductor Boltzmann equation, spherical harmonics ex
Turbulent Coherent Structures in a Thermally Stable Boundary Layer
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Williams, Owen; Bailey, Sean; Smits, Alexander
2009-11-01
An experiment was conducted to examine the effect of thermal stability on turbulent coherent structures occurring in a flat plate boundary layer. The objective is to further characterize the turbulence in thermally stable atmospheric boundary layers, commonly found in the arctic regions, focusing on Reynolds number independent effects. This experiment was conducted in a 16 foot long, 4'x2' cross-section, open-return wind tunnel by replacing the upper surface with a heated half inch aluminum plate. The plate was maintained at an isothermal condition, the boundary layer along this surface was tripped and the tunnel run at the lowest speed possible, in order to maintain both a fully turbulent boundary layer and a large Richardson number. A wide range of stabilities were investigated, with Richardson numbers ranging from 0 to 0.5, covering both the weakly and strongly stable regimes. Using thermocouple temperature measurements and time resolved particle image velocimetry; an attempt was made to identify changes in coherent turbulent motions corresponding to changing flow stability. Additionally, an attempt was made to identify significant features of the turbulence that could be used to identify clearly delineating features of the weakly stable and strongly stable flow regimes.
Second Mode Interactions in Supersonic Boundary Layers Gordon Erlebacher
Erlebacher, Gordon
Second Mode Interactions in Supersonic Boundary Layers Gordon Erlebacher NASA Langley Research of the linear stability characteristics of compressible shear flows at both subsonic and supersonic Mach numbers in the supersonic regime. The full compressible NavierStokes equations are therefore numerically solved within
ATMOSPHERIC DISPERSION IN THE ARCTIC: WINTERTIME BOUNDARY-LAYER MEASUREMENTS
The wintertime arctic atmospheric boundary layer was investigated with micro-meteorological and SF6 tracer measurements collected in Prudhoe Bay, AK. he flat, snow-covered tundra surface at this site generates a very small (0.03 cm) surface roughness. he relatively warm maritime ...
Stability of hypersonic boundary-layer flows with chemistry
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Reed, Helen L.; Stuckert, Gregory K.; Haynes, Timothy S.
1993-01-01
The effects of nonequilibrium chemistry and three dimensionality on the stability characteristics of hypersonic flows are discussed. In two-dimensional (2-D) and axisymmetric flows, the inclusion of chemistry causes a shift of the second mode of Mack to lower frequencies. This is found to be due to the increase in size of the region of relative supersonic flow because of the lower speeds of sound in the relatively cooler boundary layers. Although this shift in frequency is present in both the equilibrium and nonequilibrium air results, the equilibrium approximation predicts modes which are not observed in the nonequilibrium calculations (for the flight conditions considered). These modes are superpositions of incoming and outgoing unstable disturbances which travel supersonically relative to the boundary-layer edge velocity. Such solutions are possible because of the finite shock stand-off distance. Their corresponding wall-normal profiles exhibit an oscillatory behavior in the inviscid region between the boundary-layer edge and the bow shock. For the examination of three-dimensional (3-D) effects, a rotating cone is used as a model of a swept wing. An increase of stagnation temperature is found to be only slightly stabilizing. The correlation of transition location (N = 9) with parameters describing the crossflow profile is discussed. Transition location does not correlate with the traditional crossflow Reynolds number. A new parameter that appears to correlate for boundary-layer flow was found. A verification with experiments on a yawed cone is provided.
Stratified Flow over Topography: Wave Generation and Boundary Layer Separation
Sutherland, Bruce
Stratified Flow over Topography: Wave Generation and Boundary Layer Separation B. R. Sutherland topography. We have chosen to use periodic, finiteamplitude hills which are representative of the Earth upon internal waves generated by flow over rough topography. 1 Introduction Internal waves propagate
Stratified Flow over Topography: Wave Generation and Boundary Layer Separation
Sutherland, Bruce
Stratified Flow over Topography: Wave Generation and Boundary Layer Separation B. R. Sutherland topography. We have chosen to use periodic, finite-amplitude hills which are representative of the Earth upon internal waves generated by flow over rough topography. 1 Introduction Internal waves propagate
TURBULENCE PARAMETERS IMPACTING DISPERSION IN AN URBAN CONVECTIVE BOUNDARY LAYER
Turbulence measurements of the three dimensional wind components were collected by an instrumented research aircraft on 7 days in August 1976. These aircraft flights were conducted as part of the Regional Air Pollution Study (RAPS) urban boundary layer field program in St. Louis,...
Passive hypervelocity boundary layer control using an ultrasonically absorptive surface
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Rasheed, Adam
A series of exploratory boundary layer transition experiments was performed on a sharp 5.06 degree half-angle round cone at zero angle-of-attack in the T5 Hypervelocity Shock Tunnel in order to test a novel hypersonic boundary layer control scheme. Recently performed linear stability analyses suggested that transition could be delayed in hypersonic boundary layers by using an ultrasonically absorptive surface that would damp the second mode (Mack mode). The cone used in the experiments was constructed with a smooth surface on half the cone (to serve as a control) and an acoustically absorptive porous surface on the other half. It was instrumented with flush-mounted thermocouples to detect the transition location. Test gases investigated included nitrogen and carbon dioxide at Mach 5 with specific reservoir enthalpy ranging from 1.3 MJ/kg to 13.0 MJ/kg and reservoir pressure ranging from 9.0 MPa to 50.0 MPa. Detailed comparisons were performed to insure that previous results obtained in similar boundary layer transition experiments (on a regular smooth surface) were reproduced and the results were extended to examine the effects of the porous surface. These experiments indicated that the porous surface was highly effective in delaying transition provided that the hole size was significantly smaller than the viscous length scale.
Hypersonic boundary layer instabilities affected by various porous surfaces
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Wang, Xiaowen; Zhong, Xiaolin
2010-11-01
Hypersonic boundary layer instabilities of a Mach 5.92 flow over a flat plate affected by various porous surfaces are studied by numerical simulations. Steady base flow is obtained by solving compressible Navier-Stokes equations with a fifth-order shock-fitting method and a second-order TVD scheme. Stability simulations consist of two steps: (1) disturbances corresponding to a single boundary layer wave (mode F or mode S) are superimposed at a cross-section of the boundary layer near the leading edge to show spatial development of the wave; (2) porous coatings are used downstream of the superimposed wave to investigate its effect on boundary-layer instabilities. The results show that porous coating only has local effects on the instabilities of mode S and mode F. In porous region, Mack's first mode is destabilized whereas Mack's second mode and Mode F are stabilized. For felt-metal porous coating, destabilization of Mack's first mode is so significant that disturbances are slightly destabilized when porous coating are put on the whole flat plate. At approximately the same porosity, regular structure porous coating is weaker in first mode destabilization and second mode stabilization than felt-metal porous coating.
Passive hypervelocity boundary layer control using an acoustically absortive surface
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rasheed, Adam
A series of exploratory boundary layer transition experiments was performed on a sharp 5.06 degree half-angle round cone at zero angle-of-attack in the T5 Hypervelocity Shock Tunnel in order to test a novel hypersonic boundary layer control scheme. Recently performed linear stability analyses suggested that transition could be delayed in hypersonic boundary layers by using an ultrasonically absorptive surface that would damp the second mode (Mack mode). The cone used in the experiments was constructed with a smooth surface on half the cone (to serve as a control) and an acoustically absorptive porous surface on the other half. It was instrumented with flush-mounted thermocouples to detect the transition location. Test gases investigated included nitrogen and carbon dioxide at M = 5 with specific reservoir enthalpy ranging from 1.3 MJ/kg to 13.0 MJ/kg and reservoir pressure ranging from 9.0 MPa to 50.0 MPa. Detailed comparisons were performed to insure that previous results obtained in similar boundary layer transition experiments (on a regular smooth surface) were reproduced and the results were extended to examine the effects of the porous surface. These experiments indicated that the porous surface was highly effective in delaying transition provided that the hole size was significantly smaller than the viscous length scale.
Control plate for shock-boundary layer interaction
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Goodman, W. L.; Morrisette, E. L.; Hussaini, M. Y.; Bushnell, D. M.
1985-01-01
Paper describes tests and computations for a relatively unique technique to greatly reduce/eliminate the separation region for shock-boundary layer interactions. A number of studies have shown that the usual effects of such interactions include increased local heating and wall pressures, thickening of the boundary layer and a decrease in the momentum of the flow and, for stronger waves, flow separation. This flow situation is particularly prevalent in supersonic and hypersonic inlets where severe performance degradation can occur due to flow separation. High performance engine design generally requires a uniform entering flow field with little stagnation pressure loss. Previous approaches to the problem involved primarily active devices (e.g., suction or blowing); the present paper considers a passive device. The boundary layer separation control technique considered herein involves the placement of an embedded plate in the outer portion of the boundary layer and parallel to the wall. This control plate is situated such that the incident shock impinges upon and reflects from its surface, thus greatly lessening the pressure gradient in the low momentum near wall region.
FINITE-DIFFERENCE SOLUTION OF BOUNDARY-LAYER EQUATIONS
S. K. Dey
1980-01-01
In this article nonlinear third-order ordinary differential equations representing boundary-layer flows are reduced to integrodifferential equations, approximated by finite differences, and solved by a perturbed iterative scheme (PIS). PIS has a quadratic rate of convergence and is generally independent of initial guesses for the root.
Finite-difference solution of boundary-layer equations
S. K. Dey
1980-01-01
In this article nonlinear third-order ordinary differential equations representing boundary-layer flows are reduced to integrodifferential equations, approximated by finite differences, and solved by a perturbed iterative scheme (PIS). PIS has a quadratic rate of convergence and is generally independent of initial guesses for the root.
Iodine Species in the Marine Boundary Layer: a model study
J. Moldanova; R. Sander
2003-01-01
Multiphase chemical reactions of iodine species in marine boundary layer (MBL) were simulated using the box Model Of Chemistry Considering Aerosols (MOCCA). The chemical mechanism considers reactions both in the gas phase and in deliquesced sea-salt and sulfate aerosols. Photochemical reaction rates vary as a function of solar declination. In addition to the standard tropospheric HOx, CH4, and NOx chemistry,
Turbulent dispersion in the Atmospheric Convective Boundary Layer
A. Dosio
2005-01-01
The dispersion of a plume in the Atmospheric Boundary Layer is a very complex phenomenon that includes the transport, the mixing and the chemical transformations of the plume material. When a plume is dispersed in the ABL, its shape, evolution, and internal structure are determined by the interaction between the plume and the turbulent eddies that characterize the atmospheric motion.
Numerical Calculations of Shock-Wave/Boundary-Layer Flow Interactions
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Huang, P. G.; Liou, W. W.
1994-01-01
The paper presents results of calculations for 2-D supersonic turbulent compression corner flows. The results seem to indicate that the newer, improved kappa-epsilon models offer limited advantages over the standard kappa-epsilon model in predicting the shock-wave/boundary-layer flows in the 2-D compression corner over a wide range of corner angles and flow conditions.
Aero-Optical Effects of Supersonic Boundary Layers Stanislav Gordeyev
Gordeyev, Stanislav
, Colorado 80840 DOI: 10.2514/1.J051266 Aero-optical measurements of a zero-pressure-gradient, supersonic. The streamwise correlation function for the supersonic boundary layer revealed the presence of a pseudoperiodic in Eq. (11) C = function, defined in Eq. (12) Cf = local skin friction Cw = constant, defined in Eq. (4a
Explicit analytic solution for similarity boundary layer equations
Shi-Jun Liao; Ioan Pop
2004-01-01
In this paper the homotopy analysis method for strongly non-linear problems is employed to give two kinds of explicit analytic solutions of similarity boundary-layer equations. The analytic solutions are explicitly expressed by recurrence formulas for constant coefficients and can give accurate results in the whole regions of physical parameters.
Precipitation from convective boundary layers in arctic air masses
Haraldur Ólafsson; Hans Økland
1994-01-01
Cold air mass formed over the ice-covered polar area during the winter season often moves southward over the Norwegian Sea. The heat flux from the water produces a CBL (convective boundary layer) with increasing thickness and temperature in the downstream direction. Usually, snow showers are observed over the sea and at the coast of Norway. The object of this investigation
Propagation of propeller tone noise through a fuselage boundary layer
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Hanson, D. B.; Magliozzi, B.
1984-01-01
In earlier experimental and analytical studies, it was found that the boundary layer on an aircraft could provide significant shielding from propeller noise at typical transport airplane cruise Mach numbers. In this paper a new three-dimensional theory is described that treats the combined effects of refraction and scattering by the fuselage and boundary layer. The complete wave field is solved by matching analytical expressions for the incident and scattered waves in the outer flow to a numerical solution in the boundary layer flow. The model for the incident waves is a near-field frequency-domain propeller source theory developed previously for free field studies. Calculations for an advanced turboprop (Prop-Fan) model flight test at 0.8 Mach number show a much smaller than expected pressure amplification at the noise directivity peak, strong boundary layer shielding in the forward quadrant, and shadowing around the fuselage. Results are presented showing the difference between fuselage surface and free-space noise predictions as a function of frequency and Mach number. Comparison of calculated and measured effects obtained in a Prop-Fan model flight test show good agreement, particularly near and aft of the plane of rotation at high cruise Mach number.
Stability of the Bdewadt boundary layer Sharon Stephen
Stability of the Bödewadt boundary layer Sharon Stephen School of Mathematics The University of Birmingham s.o.stephen@bham.ac.uk May 2009 S. O. Stephen (University of Birmingham) Stability of Bödewadt Basic flow Numerical results 4 Asymptotic results GSW modes Travelling modes 5 Future work S. O. Stephen
CFD simulation of the atmospheric boundary layer: wall function problems
Bert Blocken; Ted Stathopoulos; Jan Carmeliet
2007-01-01
Accurate Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations of atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) flow are essential for a wide variety of atmospheric studies including pollutant dispersion and deposition. The accuracy of such simulations can be seriously compromised when wall-function roughness modifications based on experimental data for sand-grain roughened pipes and channels are applied at the bottom of the computational domain. This type
Large-Scale Streamwise Turbulent Structures in Hypersonic Boundary Layers
English, Benjamin L.
2013-04-22
Velocimetry in a M = 4.9 blow-down wind tunnel accompanied by a series of data analysis in order to identify the existence of streamwise-elongated large-scale turbulence structures in a hypersonic boundary layer. Furthermore, this study identified physical...
Turbulence Structure and Wall Signature in Hypersonic Boundary Layer
Martín, Pino
Turbulence Structure and Wall Signature in Hypersonic Boundary Layer Yin-Chiu Kan , Beekman Izaak and low- speed features, found in subsonic experiments, are present in our supersonic and hypersonic and hypersonic regimes due to the lack of detailed flow field data, and the studies have been mostly restricted
Kahuku kite wind study. I. Kahuka beach boundary layer
P. A. Daniels; N. E. Oshiro
1982-01-01
In the coastal plain of Kahuku, Oahu, during August 1980 and February to April 1981, the boundary layer and the mechanism that creates it were investigated. Four sets of two automatically-recording tethered aerodynamically lifting anemometer (TALA) kites flying continuously at 100 and 300 ft, and conventional 30 ft instruments were used concurrently at four sites along a transect parallel to
ON HYDROMAGNETIC STRESSES IN ACCRETION DISK BOUNDARY LAYERS
Pessah, Martin E.; Chan, Chi-kwan E-mail: ckch@nordita.org
2012-05-20
Detailed calculations of the physical structure of accretion disk boundary layers, and thus their inferred observational properties, rely on the assumption that angular momentum transport is opposite to the radial angular frequency gradient of the disk. The standard model for turbulent shear viscosity satisfies this assumption by construction. However, this behavior is not supported by numerical simulations of turbulent magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) accretion disks, which show that angular momentum transport driven by the magnetorotational instability (MRI) is inefficient in disk regions where, as expected in boundary layers, the angular frequency increases with radius. In order to shed light on physically viable mechanisms for angular momentum transport in this inner disk region, we examine the generation of hydromagnetic stresses and energy density in differentially rotating backgrounds with angular frequencies that increase outward in the shearing-sheet framework. We isolate the modes that are unrelated to the standard MRI and provide analytic solutions for the long-term evolution of the resulting shearing MHD waves. We show that, although the energy density of these waves can be amplified significantly, their associated stresses oscillate around zero, rendering them an inefficient mechanism to transport significant angular momentum (inward). These findings are consistent with the results obtained in numerical simulations of MHD accretion disk boundary layers and challenge the standard assumption of efficient angular momentum transport in the inner disk regions. This suggests that the detailed structure of turbulent MHD accretion disk boundary layers could differ appreciably from those derived within the standard framework of turbulent shear viscosity.
Stability of Supersonic Boundary Layers Over Blunt Wedges
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Balakumar, Ponnampalam
2006-01-01
Receptivity and stability of supersonic boundary layers over blunt flat plates and wedges are numerically investigated at a free stream Mach number of 3.5 and at a high Reynolds number of 10(exp 6)/inch. Both the steady and unsteady solutions are obtained by solving the full Navier-Stokes equations using the 5th-order accurate weighted essentially non-oscillatory (WENO) scheme for space discretization and using third-order total-variation-diminishing (TVD) Runge-Kutta scheme for time integration. Computations are performed for a flat plate with leading edge thicknesses of 0.0001, 0.001, 0.005 and 0.01 inches that give Reynolds numbers based on the leading edge thickness ranging from 1000 to 10000. Calculations are also performed for a wedge of 10 degrees half angle with different leading edge radii 0.001 and 0.01 inches. The linear stability results showed that the bluntness has a strong stabilizing effect on the stability of two-dimensional boundary layers. The transition Reynolds number for a flat plate with a leading edge thickness of 0.01 inches is about 3.5 times larger than it is for the Blasius boundary layer. It was also revealed that boundary layers on blunt wedges are far more stable than on blunt flat plates.
Iodine monoxide in the Western Pacific marine boundary layer
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Großmann, K.; Frieß, U.; Peters, E.; Wittrock, F.; Lampel, J.; Yilmaz, S.; Tschritter, J.; Sommariva, R.; von Glasow, R.; Quack, B.; Krüger, K.; Pfeilsticker, K.; Platt, U.
2013-03-01
A latitudinal cross-section and vertical profiles of iodine monoxide (IO) are reported from the marine boundary layer of the Western Pacific. The measurements were taken using Multi-Axis Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS) during the TransBrom cruise of the German research vessel Sonne, which led from Tomakomai, Japan (42° N, 141° E) through the Western Pacific to Townsville, Australia (19° S, 146° E) in October 2009. In the marine boundary layer within the tropics (between 20° N and 5° S), IO mixing ratios ranged between 1 and 2.2 ppt, whereas in the subtropics and at mid-latitudes typical IO mixing ratios were around 1 ppt in the daytime. The profile retrieval reveals that the bulk of the IO was located in the lower part of the marine boundary layer. Photochemical simulations indicate that the organic iodine precursors observed during the cruise (CH3I, CH2I2, CH2ClI, CH2BrI) are not sufficient to explain the measured IO mixing ratios. Reasonable agreement between measured and modelled IO can only be achieved if an additional sea-air flux of inorganic iodine (e.g., I2) is assumed in the model. Our observations add further evidence to previous studies that reactive iodine is an important oxidant in the marine boundary layer.
Iodine monoxide in the Western Pacific marine boundary layer
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Großmann, K.; Frieß, U.; Peters, E.; Wittrock, F.; Lampel, J.; Yilmaz, S.; Tschritter, J.; Sommariva, R.; von Glasow, R.; Quack, B.; Krüger, K.; Pfeilsticker, K.; Platt, U.
2012-10-01
A latitudinal cross-section and vertical profiles of iodine monoxide (IO) are reported from the marine boundary layer of the Western Pacific. The measurements were taken using Multi-Axis Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS) during the TransBrom cruise of the German research vessel Sonne, which led from Tomakomai, Japan (42° N, 141° E) through the Western Pacific to Townsville, Australia (19° S, 146° E) in October 2009. In the marine boundary layer within the tropics (between 20° N and 5° S), IO mixing ratios ranged between 1 and 2.2 ppt, whereas in the subtropics and at mid-latitudes typical IO mixing ratios were around 1 ppt in the daytime. The profile retrieval reveals that the bulk of the IO was located in the lower part of the marine boundary layer. Photochemical simulations indicate that the organic iodine precursors observed during the cruise (CH3I, CH2I2, CH2ClI, CH2BrI) are not sufficient to explain the measured IO mixing ratios. Reasonable agreement between measured and modelled IO can only be achieved, if an additional sea-air flux of inorganic iodine (e.g. I2) is assumed in the model. Our observations add further evidence to previous studies that reactive iodine is an important oxidant in the marine boundary layer.
Experimental study of a supersonic turbulent boundary layer using PIV
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
He, Lin; Yi, ShiHe; Zhao, YuXin; Tian, LiFeng; Chen, Zhi
2011-09-01
Particle image velocimetry was applied to the study of the statistical properties and the coherent structures of a flat plate turbulent boundary layer at Mach 3. The nanoparticles with a good flow-following capability in supersonic flows were adopted as the tracer particles in the present experiments. The results show that the Van Driest transformed mean velocity profile satisfies the incompressible scalings and reveals a log-law region that extends to y/?=0.4, which is further away from the wall than that in incompressible boundary layers. The Reynolds stress profiles exhibit a plateau-like region in the log-law region. The hairpin vortices in the streamwise-wall-normal plane are identified using different velocity decompositions, which are similar to the results of the flow visualization via NPLS technique. And multiple hairpin vortices are found moving at nearly the same velocity in different regions of the boundary layer. In the streamwise-spanwise plane, elongated streaky structures are observed in the log-law region, and disappear in the outer region of the boundary layer, which is contrary to the flow visualization results.
On the theory of the turbulent boundary layer
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Rotta, J
1953-01-01
As a rule, a division of the turbulent boundary layer is admissible: a division into a part near the wall, where the flow is governed only by the wall effects, and into an outer part, where the wall roughness and the viscosity of the flow medium affects only the wall shearing stress occurring as boundary condition but does not exert any other influence on the flow. Both parts may be investigated to a large extent independently. Under certain presuppositions there result for the outer part "similar" solutions. The theoretical considerations give a cue how to set up, by appropriate experiments and their evaluation, generally valid connections which are required for the approximate calculation of the turbulent boundary layer according to the momentum and energy theorem.
Rough-wall turbulent boundary layers in the transition regime
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Bandyopadhyay, Promode R.
1987-01-01
An experimental investigation of turbulent boundary layers over two-dimensional spanwise groove and three-dimensional sandgrain roughnesses in the transition regime between hydraulically smooth and fully rough conditions is presented. It is found that a self-preserving state can be reached in boundary layers developing over both d-type groove and sandgrain roughnesses, and that the drag of a k-type rough wall can be reduced by lowering the spanwise aspect ratio of the roughness elements. The two roughness Reynolds numbers defining the boundaries of the transition regime of the k-type roughnesses are shown to decrease with increasing roughness-element spanwise aspect ratio, and the upper critical transition Reynolds number is shown to determine the roughness behavior in both the transition and fully rough regime.
On Supersonic-Inlet Boundary-Layer Bleed Flow
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Harloff, Gary J.; Smith, Gregory E.
1995-01-01
Boundary-layer bleed in supersonic inlets is typically used to avoid separation from adverse shock-wave/boundary-layer interactions and subsequent total pressure losses in the subsonic diffuser and to improve normal shock stability. Methodologies used to determine bleed requirements are reviewed. Empirical sonic flow coefficients are currently used to determine the bleed hole pattern. These coefficients depend on local Mach number, pressure ratio, hole geometry, etc. A new analytical bleed method is presented to compute sonic flow coefficients for holes and narrow slots and predictions are compared with published data to illustrate the accuracy of the model. The model can be used by inlet designers and as a bleed boundary condition for computational fluid dynamic studies.
Linear and nonlinear stability of the Blasius boundary layer
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Bertolotti, F. P.; Herbert, TH.; Spalart, P. R.
1992-01-01
Two new techniques for the study of the linear and nonlinear instability in growing boundary layers are presented. The first technique employs partial differential equations of parabolic type exploiting the slow change of the mean flow, disturbance velocity profiles, wavelengths, and growth rates in the streamwise direction. The second technique solves the Navier-Stokes equation for spatially evolving disturbances using buffer zones adjacent to the inflow and outflow boundaries. Results of both techniques are in excellent agreement. The linear and nonlinear development of Tollmien-Schlichting (TS) waves in the Blasius boundary layer is investigated with both techniques and with a local procedure based on a system of ordinary differential equations. The results are compared with previous work and the effects of non-parallelism and nonlinearity are clarified. The effect of nonparallelism is confirmed to be weak and, consequently, not responsible for the discrepancies between measurements and theoretical results for parallel flow.
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Tetervin, Neal; Lin, Chia Chiao
1951-01-01
A general integral form of the boundary-layer equation, valid for either laminar or turbulent incompressible boundary-layer flow, is derived. By using the experimental finding that all velocity profiles of the turbulent boundary layer form essentially a single-parameter family, the general equation is changed to an equation for the space rate of change of the velocity-profile shape parameter. The lack of precise knowledge concerning the surface shear and the distribution of the shearing stress across turbulent boundary layers prevented the attainment of a reliable method for calculating the behavior of turbulent boundary layers.
Cycle II.5 aircraft aero-optical turbulent boundary-layer\\/shear-layer measurements
K. Gilbert
1980-01-01
The aero-optical effects associated with propagating a laser beam through aircraft turbulent boundary layers and shear layers were examined. Observed laser optical performance levels were compared with those inferred from aerodynamic measurements of unsteady densities and correlation lengths within these random flows. Optical instrumentation included a fast shearing interferometer (FSI). A 9 cm diameter collimated helium neon laser beam made
Effects of increased entrainment in turbulent boundary layers
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Borrell, Guillem; Jimenez, Javier
2012-11-01
It has been reported that certain rough surfaces modify the outer region of turbulent boundary layers. One of the effects of surface roughness is additional friction that causes an accelerated entrainment rate, which is also known to modify the outer intermittent layers of external turbulent flows. One and two-points statistics are presented from a direct numerical simulation of a zero-pressure-gradient turbulent boundary layer in the range Re? = 1400 - 4500 , in which the spreading rate is increased by 70% by a smooth volumetric force restricted to the layer below y+ = 25 , and equivalent to a sand roughness of ks ~ 60 . The goal of this simulation is to separate the effects of surface geometry from those of entrainment. The velocity fluctuations, Reynolds stresses and spatial correlations C?? (x ;x' , y ;y' ,kz) , that are consistently different from those in smooth-wall boundary layers at similar Reynolds numbers, will be compared with experimental and numerical data sets available in the literature. Funded by ERC, PRACE, CICYT and Spanish Ministry of Science.
Convective Cold Pool Structure and Boundary Layer Recovery in DYNAMO
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Savarin, A.; Chen, S. S.; Kerns, B. W.; Lee, C.; Jorgensen, D. P.
2012-12-01
One of the key factors controlling convective cloud systems in the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) over the tropical Indian Ocean is the property of the atmospheric boundary layer. Convective downdrafts and precipitation from the cloud systems produce cold pools in the boundary layer, which can inhibit subsequent development of convection. The recovery time is the time it takes for the boundary layer to return to pre convective conditions. It may affect the variability of the convection on various time scales during the initiation of MJO. This study examines the convective cold pool structure and boundary layer recovery using the NOAA WP-3D aircraft observations, include the flight-level, Doppler radar, and GPS dropsonde data, collected during the Dynamics of MJO (DYNAMO) field campaign from November-December 2011. The depth and strength of convective cold pools are defined by the negative buoyancy, which can be computed from the dropsonde data. Convective downdraft can be affected by environmental water vapor due to entrainment. Mid-level dry air observed during the convectively suppressed phase of MJO seems to enhance convective downdraft, making the cold pools stronger and deeper. Recovery of the cold pools in the boundary layer is determined by the strength and depth of the cold pools and also the air-sea heat and moisture fluxes. Given that the water vapor and surface winds are distinct for the convectively active and suppressed phases of MJO over the Indian Ocean, the aircraft data are stratified by the two different large-scale regimes of MJO. Preliminary results show that the strength and depth of the cold pools are inversely correlated with the surrounding mid-level moisture. During the convectively suppressed phase, the recovery time is ~5-20 hours in relative weak wind condition with small air-sea fluxes. The recovery time is generally less than 6 hours during the active phase of MJO with moist mid-levels and stronger surface wind and air-sea fluxes.
Some Basic Aspects of Magnetohydrodynamic Boundary-Layer Flows
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Hess, Robert V.
1959-01-01
An appraisal is made of existing solutions of magnetohydrodynamic boundary-layer equations for stagnation flow and flat-plate flow, and some new solutions are given. Since an exact solution of the equations of magnetohydrodynamics requires complicated simultaneous treatment of the equations of fluid flow and of electromagnetism, certain simplifying assumptions are generally introduced. The full implications of these assumptions have not been brought out properly in several recent papers. It is shown in the present report that for the particular law of deformation which the magnetic lines are assumed to follow in these papers a magnet situated inside the missile nose would not be able to take up any drag forces; to do so it would have to be placed in the flow away from the nose. It is also shown that for the assumption that potential flow is maintained outside the boundary layer, the deformation of the magnetic lines is restricted to small values. The literature contains serious disagreements with regard to reductions in heat-transfer rates due to magnetic action at the nose of a missile, and these disagreements are shown to be mainly due to different interpretations of reentry conditions rather than more complicated effects. In the present paper the magnetohydrodynamic boundary-layer equation is also expressed in a simple form that is especially convenient for physical interpretation. This is done by adapting methods to magnetic forces which in the past have been used for forces due to gravitational or centrifugal action. The simplified approach is used to develop some new solutions of boundary-layer flow and to reinterpret certain solutions existing in the literature. An asymptotic boundary-layer solution representing a fixed velocity profile and shear is found. Special emphasis is put on estimating skin friction and heat-transfer rates.
On buffer layers as non-reflecting computational boundaries
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Hayder, M. Ehtesham; Turkel, Eli L.
1996-01-01
We examine an absorbing buffer layer technique for use as a non-reflecting boundary condition in the numerical simulation of flows. One such formulation was by Ta'asan and Nark for the linearized Euler equations. They modified the flow inside the buffer zone to artificially make it supersonic in the layer. We examine how this approach can be extended to the nonlinear Euler equations. We consider both a conservative and a non-conservative form modifying the governing equations in the buffer layer. We compare this with the case that the governing equations in the layer are the same as in the interior domain. We test the effectiveness of these buffer layers by a simulation of an excited axisymmetric jet based on a nonlinear compressible Navier-Stokes equations.
Turbulent boundary layer on a convex, curved surface
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Gillis, J. C.; Johnston, J. P.; Kays, W. M.; Moffat, R. J.
1980-01-01
The effects of strong convex curvature on boundary layer turbulence were investigated. The data gathered on the behavior of Reynolds stress suggested the formulation of a simple turbulence model. Three sets of data were taken on two separate facilities. Both rigs had flow from a flat surface, over a convex surface with 90 deg of turning, and then onto a flat recovery surface. The geometry was adjusted so that, for both rigs, the pressure gradient along the test surface was zero - thus avoiding any effects of streamwise acceleration on the wall layers. Results show that after a sudden introduction of curvature, the shear stress in the outer part of the boundary layer is sharply diminished and is even slightly negative near the edge. The wall shear also drops off quickly downstream. In contrast, when the surface suddenly becomes flat again, the wall shear and shear stress profiles recover very slowly towards flat wall conditions.
Hypersonic Turbulent Boundary-Layer and Free Sheer Database Datasets
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Settles, Gary S.; Dodson, Lori J.
1993-01-01
A critical assessment and compilation of data are presented on attached hypersonic turbulent boundary layers in pressure gradients and compressible turbulent mixing layers. Extensive searches were conducted to identify candidate experiments, which were subjected to a rigorous set of acceptance criteria. Accepted datasets are both tabulated and provided in machine-readable form. The purpose of this database effort is to make existing high quality data available in detailed form for the turbulence-modeling and computational fluid dynamics communities. While significant recent data were found on the subject of compressible turbulent mixing, the available boundary-layer/pressure-gradient experiments are all older ones of which no acceptable data were found at hypersonic Mach numbers.
Shock-boundary layer interaction and transonic flutter
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Tumkur Karnick, Pradeepa; Venkatraman, Kartik
2012-11-01
The transonic flutter dip of an aeroelastic system is primarily caused by compressibility of the flowing fluid. Viscous effects are not dominant in the pre-transonic dip region. In fact, an Euler solver can predict this flutter boundary with considerable accuracy. However with an increase in Mach number the shock moves towards the trailing edge causing shock induced separation. This shock-boundary layer interaction changes the flutter boundary in the transonic and post-transonic dip region significantly. We discuss the effect of viscosity in changing the flutter boundary in the post-transonic dip region using a RANS solver coupled to a two-degree of freedom model of the structural dynamics of a wing.
Linear Stabilty of a Laminar Boundary Layer with Shock Boundary Layer Interaction at Ma=4.8
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pagella, Alessandro; Rist, Ulrich; Wagner, Siegfried
2001-11-01
The stability behavior of a laminar boundary layer at Ma=4.8 with shock boundary layer interaction and small amplitude disturbances is investigated by linear stability theory for compressible flows (Mack 1969) and direct numerical simulation. The effect of the shock strength is assessed. The numerical scheme is based on the unsteady, compressible, three-dimensional Navier-Stokes equations. In streamwise direction, high order split type compact finite differences are used, while in wall normal direction central differences for viscous and alternating one-sided finite differences for convective terms, in spanwise direction, a spectral Fourier Series expansion are applied. Numerical oscillations, caused by high gradients of the flow variables at the shock, are damped by an implicit filter of high order in streamwise direction. For the results obtained by the simulation without impinging shock wave, non-parallel effects could be identified and quantified. Taking these non-parallel effects into account, linear stability theory could represent stability behavior of wall distant disturbance amplitude maxima with small obliqueness angles of the disturbances for the investigated cases with shock. The impinging shock wave locally influences stability behavior of the boundary layer, which is dependent on its shock-strength, applied disturbance frequency and disturbance propagation angle. A separation bubble locally displaces the boundary layer in wall normal direction. Hence, viscous instability becomes weaker and the inviscid instability picks up.
Dynamical Simulation of Cloudy Boundary Layer Flow during Cold Air Outbreaks
Chiu-Wai Yuen
1983-01-01
A two-dimensional primitive equation planetary boundary layer model has been constructed and applied to simulate downwind evolution of coupled dynamical, thermodynamical and cloud properties in the planetary boundary layer (PBL) developed during cold air outbreaks over warm ocean. A layered parametric approach is adopted to model the inversion -capped convective boundary layer filled with shallow cumuli, or topped by stratocumulus
BLSTA: A boundary layer code for stability analysis
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Wie, Yong-Sun
1992-01-01
A computer program is developed to solve the compressible, laminar boundary-layer equations for two-dimensional flow, axisymmetric flow, and quasi-three-dimensional flows including the flow along the plane of symmetry, flow along the leading-edge attachment line, and swept-wing flows with a conical flow approximation. The finite-difference numerical procedure used to solve the governing equations is second-order accurate. The flow over a wide range of speed, from subsonic to hypersonic speed with perfect gas assumption, can be calculated. Various wall boundary conditions, such as wall suction or blowing and hot or cold walls, can be applied. The results indicate that this boundary-layer code gives velocity and temperature profiles which are accurate, smooth, and continuous through the first and second normal derivatives. The code presented herein can be coupled with a stability analysis code and used to predict the onset of the boundary-layer transition which enables the assessment of the laminar flow control techniques. A user's manual is also included.
Investigation of the Interaction of External Disturbances with Roughened Flat Plate Boundary Layer
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Davis, Sanford S.; Dietz, A. J.
1996-01-01
The interaction of an external disturbance with a laminar boundary layer over a flat plate with distributed roughness is investigated using combined experimental and numerical methods. The experiment is modeled with an unsteady boundary layer code using second order backward differencing. The simulation includes the second order scattering from roughness elements at and near the first streamwise station of predicted boundary layer instability. A comparison of experimental measurements of the boundary layer perturbation due to the wake from a vibrating ribbon with the computed first order forced boundary layer perturbation showed excellent agreement. Second order roughness induced eigenfunctions from boundary layer theory are examined and compared with other forms of excitation
Turbulence spectra of the FIRE stratocumulus-topped boundary layers
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Young, G. S.; Nucciarone, J. J.; Albrecht, Bruce A.
1990-01-01
There are at least four physical phenomena which contribute to the FIRE boundary layer turbulence spectra: boundary layer spanning eddies resulting from buoyant and mechanical production of turbulent kinetic energy (the microscale subrange); inertial subrange turbulence which cascades this energy to smaller scales; quasi-two dimensional mesoscale variations; and gravity waves. The relative contributions of these four phenomena to the spectra depend on the altitude of observation and variable involved (vertical velocity, temperature and moisture spectra are discussed). The physical origins of these variations in relative contribution are discussed. As expected from the theory (Kaimal et al., 1976), mixed layer scaling of the spectra (i.e., nondimensionalizing wavelength by Z(sub i) and spectral density by Z(sub i) and the dissipation rates) is successful for the microscale subrange and inertial subrange but not for the mesoscale subrange. The most striking feature of the normalized vertical velocity spectra is the lack of any significant mesoscale contribution. The spectral peak results from buoyant and mechanical production on scales similar to the boundary layer depth. The decrease in spectral density at larger scales results from the suppression of vertical velocity perturbations with large horizontal scales by the shallowness of the atmosphere. The spectral density also decreases towards smaller scales following the well known inertial subrange slope. There is a significant variation in the shape of the normalized spectra with height.
Transitionally rough zero pressure gradient turbulent boundary layers
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Brzek, Brian G.; Cal, Raúl Bayoán; Johansson, Gunnar; Castillo, Luciano
2008-01-01
Near-wall measurements are performed to study the effects of surface roughness and viscous shear stresses on the transitionally rough regime (5 < k + < 70) of a zero pressure gradient turbulent boundary layer. The x-dependence is known from the eleven consecutive measurements in the streamwise direction, which allows for the computation of the streamwise gradients in the boundary layer equations. Thus, the skin friction is computed from the integrated boundary layer equation with errors of 3 and 5% for smooth and rough, respectively. It is found that roughness destroys the viscous layer near the wall, thus, reducing the contribution of the viscous stress in the wall region. As a result, the contribution in the wall shear stress due to form drag increases, while the viscous stress decreases. This yields Reynolds number invariance in the skin friction as k + increases into the fully rough regime. Furthermore, the roughness at the wall reduces the high peak of the streamwise component of the Reynolds stress in the near-wall region. However, for the Reynolds wall-normal and shear stress components, its contribution is not significantly altered for sand grain roughness.
Edge Plasma Boundary Layer Generated By Kink Modes in Tokamaks
L.E. Zakharov
2010-11-22
This paper describes the structure of the electric current generated by external kink modes at the plasma edge using the ideally conducting plasma model. It is found that the edge current layer is created by both wall touching and free boundary kink modes. Near marginal stability, the total edge current has a universal expression as a result of partial compensation of the ?-functional surface current by the bulk current at the edge. The resolution of an apparent paradox with the pressure balance across the plasma boundary in the presence of the surface currents is provided.
Polymer Effects on Heat Transport in Laminar Boundary Layer Flow
Roberto Benzi; Emily S. C. Ching; Vivien W. S. Chu
2011-04-27
We consider a laminar Blasius boundary-layer flow above a slightly heated horizontal plate and study the effect of polymer additives on the heat transport. We show that the action of the polymers can be understood as a space-dependent effective viscosity that first increases from the zero-shear value then decreases exponentially back to the zero-shear value as one moves away from the boundary. We find that with such an effective viscosity, both the horizontal and vertical velocities near the plate are decreased thus leading to an increase in the friction drag and a decrease in the heat transport in the flow.
Numerical Simulation of a Spatially Evolving Supersonic Turbulent Boundary Layer
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Gatski, T. B.; Erlebacher, G.
2002-01-01
The results from direct numerical simulations of a spatially evolving, supersonic, flat-plate turbulent boundary-layer flow, with free-stream Mach number of 2.25 are presented. The simulated flow field extends from a transition region, initiated by wall suction and blowing near the inflow boundary, into the fully turbulent regime. Distributions of mean and turbulent flow quantities are obtained and an analysis of these quantities is performed at a downstream station corresponding to Re(sub x)= 5.548 x10(exp 6) based on distance from the leading edge.
Boundary layer ozone - An airborne survey above the Amazon Basin
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Gregory, Gerald L.; Browell, Edward V.; Warren, Linda S.
1988-01-01
Ozone data obtained over the forest canopy of the Amazon Basin during July and August 1985 in the course of NASA's Amazon Boundary Layer Experiment 2A are discussed, and ozone profiles obtained during flights from Belem to Tabatinga, Brazil, are analyzed to determine any cross-basin effects. The analyses of ozone data indicate that the mixed layer of the Amazon Basin, for the conditions of undisturbed meteorology and in the absence of biomass burning, is a significant sink for tropospheric ozone. As the coast is approached, marine influences are noted at about 300 km inland, and a transition from a forest-controlled mixed layer to a marine-controlled mixed layer is noted.
A Thermal Plume Model for the Martian Convective Boundary Layer
Colaïtis, Arnaud; Hourdin, Frédéric; Rio, Catherine; Forget, François; Millour, Ehouarn
2013-01-01
The Martian Planetary Boundary Layer [PBL] is a crucial component of the Martian climate system. Global Climate Models [GCMs] and Mesoscale Models [MMs] lack the resolution to predict PBL mixing which is therefore parameterized. Here we propose to adapt the "thermal plume" model, recently developed for Earth climate modeling, to Martian GCMs, MMs, and single-column models. The aim of this physically-based parameterization is to represent the effect of organized turbulent structures (updrafts and downdrafts) on the daytime PBL transport, as it is resolved in Large-Eddy Simulations [LESs]. We find that the terrestrial thermal plume model needs to be modified to satisfyingly account for deep turbulent plumes found in the Martian convective PBL. Our Martian thermal plume model qualitatively and quantitatively reproduces the thermal structure of the daytime PBL on Mars: superadiabatic near-surface layer, mixing layer, and overshoot region at PBL top. This model is coupled to surface layer parameterizations taking ...
Bandgap tunability at single-layer molybdenum disulphide grain boundaries.
Huang, Yu Li; Chen, Yifeng; Zhang, Wenjing; Quek, Su Ying; Chen, Chang-Hsiao; Li, Lain-Jong; Hsu, Wei-Ting; Chang, Wen-Hao; Zheng, Yu Jie; Chen, Wei; Wee, Andrew T S
2015-01-01
Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides have emerged as a new class of semiconductor materials with novel electronic and optical properties of interest to future nanoelectronics technology. Single-layer molybdenum disulphide, which represents a prototype two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide, has an electronic bandgap that increases with decreasing layer thickness. Using high-resolution scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy, we measure the apparent quasiparticle energy gap to be 2.40 ± 0.05 eV for single-layer, 2.10 ± 0.05 eV for bilayer and 1.75 ± 0.05 eV for trilayer molybdenum disulphide, which were directly grown on a graphite substrate by chemical vapour deposition method. More interestingly, we report an unexpected bandgap tunability (as large as 0.85 ± 0.05 eV) with distance from the grain boundary in single-layer molybdenum disulphide, which also depends on the grain misorientation angle. This work opens up new possibilities for flexible electronic and optoelectronic devices with tunable bandgaps that utilize both the control of two-dimensional layer thickness and the grain boundary engineering. PMID:25687991
Bandgap tunability at single-layer molybdenum disulphide grain boundaries
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Huang, Yu Li; Chen, Yifeng; Zhang, Wenjing; Quek, Su Ying; Chen, Chang-Hsiao; Li, Lain-Jong; Hsu, Wei-Ting; Chang, Wen-Hao; Zheng, Yu Jie; Chen, Wei; Wee, Andrew T. S.
2015-02-01
Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides have emerged as a new class of semiconductor materials with novel electronic and optical properties of interest to future nanoelectronics technology. Single-layer molybdenum disulphide, which represents a prototype two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide, has an electronic bandgap that increases with decreasing layer thickness. Using high-resolution scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy, we measure the apparent quasiparticle energy gap to be 2.40±0.05?eV for single-layer, 2.10±0.05?eV for bilayer and 1.75±0.05?eV for trilayer molybdenum disulphide, which were directly grown on a graphite substrate by chemical vapour deposition method. More interestingly, we report an unexpected bandgap tunability (as large as 0.85±0.05?eV) with distance from the grain boundary in single-layer molybdenum disulphide, which also depends on the grain misorientation angle. This work opens up new possibilities for flexible electronic and optoelectronic devices with tunable bandgaps that utilize both the control of two-dimensional layer thickness and the grain boundary engineering.
Spatial simulation of boundary layer instability - Effects of surface roughness
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Danabasoglu, G.; Bringen, S.; Streett, C. L.
1993-01-01
The effects of an isolated, two-dimensional roughness element on the spatial development of instability waves in boundary layers are investigated by numerically integrating the two-dimensional, time-dependent, incompressible Navier-Stokes equations, using a finite difference/Chebyshev discretization. It is shown that (high) inviscid frequencies have higher growth rates than Tollmien-Schlichting frequencies, indicating that disturbances growing in the separation zone are controlled by the inviscid instability of the shear layer at the edge of the separation zone.
Nonlinear interaction of two waves in boundary-layer flows
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Nayfeh, A. H.; Bozatli, A. N.
1980-01-01
First-order nonlinear interactions of Tollmien-Schlichting waves of different frequencies and initial amplitudes in boundary-layer flows are analyzed using the method of multiple scales. Numerical results for flow past a flat plate show that the spatial detuning wipes out resonant interactions unless the initial amplitudes are very large. Thus, a wave having a moderate amplitude has little influence on its subharmonic although it has a strong influence on its second harmonic. Moreover, two waves having moderate amplitudes have a strong influence on their difference frequency. The results show that the difference frequency can be very unstable when generated by the nonlinear interaction, even though it may be stable when introduced by itself in the boundary layer.
Characteristics of Mach 10 transitional and turbulent boundary layers
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Watson, R. D.
1978-01-01
Measurements of the mean flow properties of transitional and turbulent boundary layers in helium on 4 deg and 5 deg wedges were made for flows with edge Mach numbers from 9.5 to 11.3, ratios of wall temperature to total temperature of 0.4 to 0.95, and maximum length Reynolds numbers of one hundred million. The data include pitot and total temperature surveys and measurements of heat transfer and surface shear. In addition, with the assumption of local similarity, turbulence quantities such as the mixing length were derived from the mean flow profiles. Low Reynolds number and precursor transition effects were significant factors at these test conditions and were included in finite difference boundary layer predictions.
Numerical Simulations of the Urban-Type Boundary Layer Experiment
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kandala, Sriharsha; Rempfer, Dietmar; Bruno, Monnier; Wark, Candace
2012-11-01
Due to their small size, limited power and relatively low speeds compared to the magnitude of typical velocity fluctuations in the atmospheric boundary layer, MAVs are highly susceptible to gusts encountered in complex urban environments. As such, an understanding of the spatial and temporal characteristics of these flow fields can play an important role in the design of these MAVs. In this talk, we present the results of numerical simulation of an urban-type boundary layer described in the talk by Monnier, Wark et al. Specsolve, a parallel spectral element solver, is used for these simulations. POD is used to generate a low dimensional representation of the velocity field from the simulation data. Gust statistics and various structures relevant to MAV navigation are presented. These results are compared with SPIV data from the experiment. This work was supported by AFOSR FA9550-11-1-0056.
Receptivity of Hypersonic Boundary Layer to Wall Disturbances
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Fedorov, A. V.; Khokhlov, A. P.
Theoretical analysis of hypersonic boundary-layer receptivity to wall disturbances is conducted using a combination of asymptotic and numerical methods. Excitation of the second mode by distributed and local forcing on a flat-plate surface is studied under adiabatic and cooled wall conditions. Analysis addresses receptivity to wall vibrations, periodic suction/blowing, and temperature disturbances. A strong excitation occurs in local regions where forcing is in resonance with normal waves. It is shown that the receptivity function tends to infinity as the resonance point tends to the branch point of the discrete spectrum that is typical for boundary layers on cool surfaces. Asymptotic analysis resolves this singularity and provides the receptivity coefficient in the branch-point vicinity. Numerical results indicate extremely high receptivity to vibrations and suction/blowing in the vicinity of the branch point located near the lower neutral branch of the Mack second mode.
A drag reduction method for turbulent boundary layers
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Gad-El-hak, Mohamed; Blackwelder, Ron F.
1987-01-01
A novel method to reduce skin friction drag in a turbulent boundary layer is presented. The technique combines the beneficial effects of a longitudinally ribbed surface and suction. The streamwise grooves act as a nucleation site causing a focusing of low-speed streaks over the peaks. Suction is then applied intermittently through longitudinal slots located at selected locations along those peaks to obliterate the low-speed regions and to prevent bursting. During the first phase of the present research, selective suction from a single streamwise slot was used to eliminate either a single burst-like event or a periodic train of artificially generated bursts in laminar and turbulent boundary layers. The experiments were conducted using a flat plate towed in an 18-m water channel. Flow visualization and hot-film probe measurements were used together with pattern recognition algorithms to demonstrate the feasibility of the drag-reducing method.
Optimal disturbances in boundary layers subject to streamwise pressure gradient
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Ashpis, David E.; Tumin, Anatoli
2003-01-01
An analysis of the optimal non-modal growth of perturbations in a boundary layer in the presence of a streamwise pressure gradient is presented. The analysis is based on PSE equations for an incompressible fluid. Examples with Falkner-Scan profiles indicate that a favorable pressure gradient decreases the non-modal growth, while an unfavorable pressure gradient leads to an increase of the amplification. It is suggested that the transient growth mechanism be utilized to choose optimal parameters of tripping elements on a low-pressure turbine (LPT) airfoil. As an example, a boundary layer flow with a streamwise pressure gradient corresponding to the pressure distribution over a LPT airfoil is considered. It is shown that there is an optimal spacing of the tripping elements and that the transient growth effect depends on the starting point.
Falkner-Skan Boundary Layer Flow of a Sisko Fluid
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Khan, Masood; Shahzad, Azeem
2012-09-01
In this paper, we investigate the steady boundary layer flow of a non-Newtonian fluid, represented by a Sisko fluid, over a wedge in a moving fluid. The equations of motion are derived for boundary layer flow of an incompressible Sisko fluid using appropriate similarity variables. The governing equations are reduced to a single third-order highly nonlinear ordinary differential equation in the dimensionless stream function, which is then solved analytically using the homotopy analysis method. Some important parameters have been discussed by this study, which include the power law index n, the material parameter A, the wedge shape factor b, and the skin friction coefficient Cf. A comprehensive study is made between the results of the Sisko and the power-law fluids.
Direct Numerical Simulation of a Quasilaminarized Boundary Layer
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Castillo, Luciano; Guillermo Araya, Juan; Bayoan Cal, Raul
2010-11-01
Direct Numerical Simulations of spatially-evolving turbulent boundary layers with strong favorable pressure gradients are performed. The driven force behind this investigation is elucidate the mechanisms responsible for the quasi-laminarization of the boundary layer. Budgets of the turbulent kinetic energy and the shear Reynolds stresses provide insight into the terms responsible for this phenomenon. The results also confirm the similarity analysis framework as develop by Cal and CastilloootnotetextR. B. Cal and L. Castillo (2008), Phys. Fluids. vol 20, 105106, 2008. including the redistribution of the Reynolds stresses, a significant reduction in skin friction and a pressure parameter value which falls in the quasilaminar quadrant. The prescription of stronger favorable pressure gradients is mainly manifested by a significant decrease of the production of the shear Reynolds stresses and attenuation of the velocity-pressure gradient correlation term. The latter evidence confirms the important role of pressure fluctuations on the energy exchange and transport phenomena of flow parameters.
Possibilities for drag reduction by boundary layer control
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Naiman, I.
1946-01-01
The mechanics of laminar boundary layer transition are reviewed. Drag possibilities for boundary layer control are analyzed using assumed conditions of transition Reynolds number, inlet loss, number of slots, blower efficiency, and duct losses. Although the results of such analysis are highly favorable, those obtained by experimental investigations yield conflicting results, showing only small gains, and sometimes losses. Reduction of this data indicates that there is a lower limit to the quantity of air which must be removed at the slot in order to stabilize the laminar flow. The removal of insufficient air permits transition to occur while the removal of excessive amounts of air results in high power costs, with a net drag increases. With the estimated value of flow coefficient and duct losses equal to half the dynamic pressure, drag reductions of 50% may be obtained; with twice this flow coefficient, the drag saving is reduced to 25%.
Atmospheric surface and boundary layers of the Amazon Basin
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Garstang, Michael
1987-01-01
Three phases of work were performed: design of and preparation for the Amazon Boundary Layer Experiment (ABLE 2-A); execution of the ABLE 2-A field program; and analysis of the ABLE 2-A data. Three areas of experiment design were dealt with: surface based meteorological measurements; aircraft missions; and project meteorological support. The primary goal was to obtain a good description of the structure of the atmosphere immediately above the rain forest canopy (top of canopy to a few thousand meters), to describe this region during the growing daytime phase of the boundary layer; and to examine the nighttime stratified state. A secondary objective was to examine the role that deep convective storms play in the vertical transport of heat, water vapor, and other trace gases. While significant progress was made, much of the analysis remains to be done.
Boundary layer integral matrix procedure code modifications and verifications
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Evans, R. M.; Morse, H. L.
1974-01-01
A summary of modifications to Aerotherm's Boundary Layer Integral Matrix Procedure (BLIMP) code is presented. These modifications represent a preliminary effort to make BLIMP compatible with other JANNAF codes and to adjust the code for specific application to rocket nozzle flows. Results of the initial verification of the code for prediction of rocket nozzle type flows are discussed. For those cases in which measured free stream flow conditions were used as input to the code, the boundary layer predictions and measurements are in excellent agreement. In two cases, with free stream flow conditions calculated by another JANNAF code (TDK) for use as input to BLIMP, the predictions and the data were in fair agreement for one case and in poor agreement for the other case. The poor agreement is believed to result from failure of the turbulent model in BLIMP to account for laminarization of a turbulent flow. Recommendations for further code modifications and improvements are also presented.
Numerical simulation of a three-dimensional turbulent boundary layer
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Moin, P.; Shih, T.-H.; Driver, D.; Mansour, N. N.
1989-01-01
The effects of transverse strain on an initially two-dimensional turbulent boundary layer are studied in a direct numerical simulation of a planar channel flow with impulsively started transverse pressure gradient. Consistent with experiments in three-dimensional boundary layers, the simulation shows a drop in the Reynolds shear stress with increasing transverse strain. Also, the directions of the Reynolds shear stress vector and the mean velocity gradient vector were found to differ. In addition, the simulation shows a drop in the turbulent kinetic energy. The terms in the budget of the Reynolds stress were computed. In general, the individual terms do not show a significant change. However, an increase in dissipation rate rather than reduction in total production appears to be responsible for the drop in turbulent kinetic energy.
Investigation of Turbulent Boundary-Layer Separation Using Laser Velocimetry
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Modarress, D.; Johnson, D. A.
1979-01-01
Boundary-layer measurements realized by laser velocimetry are presented for a Much 2.9, two-dimensional, shock-wave/turbulent boundary-layer interaction containing an extensive region of separated flow. Mean velocity and turbulent intensity profiles were obtained from upstream of the interaction zone to downstream of the mean reattachment point. The superiority of the laser velocimeter technique over pressure sensors in turbulent separated flows is demonstrated by a comparison of the laser velocimeter data with results obtained from local pilot and static pressure measurements for the same flow conditions. The locations of the mean separation and reattachment points as deduced from the mean velocity measurements are compared to oil-now visualization results. Representative velocity probability density functions obtained in the separated now region are also presented. Critical to the success of this investigation were: the use of Bragg cell frequency shifting and artificial seeding of the now with submicron light-scattering particles.
Layer-to-layer parallel fluidic transportation system by addressable fluidic gate arrays.
Morimoto, Takashi; Konishi, Satoshi
2008-09-01
This paper presents addressable fluidic gate arrays for a layer-to-layer parallel fluidic transportation system. The proposed addressable fluidic gate consists of double valves driven by pneumatic pressure. One of the double valves is controlled by the row channel and the other is controlled by the column channel for row/column addressing. Our study applies addressable fluidic gate arrays to layer-to-layer transportation beyond a typical in-plane fluidic network system. The layer-to-layer transportation makes it possible to collect targeted samples from a testing well plate. 3 x 3 fluidic gate arrays based on the proposed concept are developed and tested. A single PDMS valve (phi400 microm) can be closed by 75.0 kPa. The demonstrated fluidic system is based on all PDMS structures by taking account of its disposable use. This paper also reports a dome-shaped chamber for robust sealing and a switching valve with a bistable diaphragm for memory function. PMID:18818812
Numerical solution of the resistive magnetohydrodynamic boundary-layer equations
Glasser, A.H.; Jardin, S.C.; Tesauro, G.
1983-10-01
Three different techniques are presented for numerical solution of the equations governing the boundary layer of resistive magnetohydrodynamic tearing and interchange instabilities in toroidal geometry. Excellent agreement among these methods and with analytical results provides confidence in the correctness of the results. Solutions obtained in regimes where analytical medthods fail indicate a new scaling for the tearing mode as well as the existence of a new regime of stability.
Linear stability theory and three-dimensional boundary layer transition
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Spall, Robert E.; Malik, Mujeeb R.
1992-01-01
The viewgraphs and discussion of linear stability theory and three dimensional boundary layer transition are provided. The ability to predict, using analytical tools, the location of boundary layer transition over aircraft-type configurations is of great importance to designers interested in laminar flow control (LFC). The e(sup N) method has proven to be fairly effective in predicting, in a consistent manner, the location of the onset of transition for simple geometries in low disturbance environments. This method provides a correlation between the most amplified single normal mode and the experimental location of the onset of transition. Studies indicate that values of N between 8 and 10 correlate well with the onset of transition. For most previous calculations, the mean flows were restricted to two-dimensional or axisymmetric cases, or have employed simple three-dimensional mean flows (e.g., rotating disk, infinite swept wing, or tapered swept wing with straight isobars). Unfortunately, for flows over general wing configurations, and for nearly all flows over fuselage-type bodies at incidence, the analysis of fully three-dimensional flow fields is required. Results obtained for the linear stability of fully three-dimensional boundary layers formed over both wing and fuselage-type geometries, and for both high and low speed flows are discussed. When possible, transition estimates form the e(sup N) method are compared to experimentally determined locations. The stability calculations are made using a modified version of the linear stability code COSAL. Mean flows were computed using both Navier Stokes and boundary-layer codes.
LASTRAC.3d: Transition Prediction in 3D Boundary Layers
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Chang, Chau-Lyan
2004-01-01
Langley Stability and Transition Analysis Code (LASTRAC) is a general-purpose, physics-based transition prediction code released by NASA for laminar flow control studies and transition research. This paper describes the LASTRAC extension to general three-dimensional (3D) boundary layers such as finite swept wings, cones, or bodies at an angle of attack. The stability problem is formulated by using a body-fitted nonorthogonal curvilinear coordinate system constructed on the body surface. The nonorthogonal coordinate system offers a variety of marching paths and spanwise waveforms. In the extreme case of an infinite swept wing boundary layer, marching with a nonorthogonal coordinate produces identical solutions to those obtained with an orthogonal coordinate system using the earlier release of LASTRAC. Several methods to formulate the 3D parabolized stability equations (PSE) are discussed. A surface-marching procedure akin to that for 3D boundary layer equations may be used to solve the 3D parabolized disturbance equations. On the other hand, the local line-marching PSE method, formulated as an easy extension from its 2D counterpart and capable of handling the spanwise mean flow and disturbance variation, offers an alternative. A linear stability theory or parabolized stability equations based N-factor analysis carried out along the streamline direction with a fixed wavelength and downstream-varying spanwise direction constitutes an efficient engineering approach to study instability wave evolution in a 3D boundary layer. The surface-marching PSE method enables a consistent treatment of the disturbance evolution along both streamwise and spanwise directions but requires more stringent initial conditions. Both PSE methods and the traditional LST approach are implemented in the LASTRAC.3d code. Several test cases for tapered or finite swept wings and cones at an angle of attack are discussed.
SCALING OF THE ANOMALOUS BOOST IN RELATIVISTIC JET BOUNDARY LAYER
Zenitani, Seiji; Hesse, Michael; Klimas, Alex, E-mail: Seiji.Zenitani-1@nasa.go [NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771 (United States)
2010-04-01
We investigate the one-dimensional interaction of a relativistic jet and an external medium. Relativistic magnetohydrodynamic simulations show an anomalous boost of the jet fluid in the boundary layer, as previously reported. We describe the boost mechanism using an ideal relativistic fluid and magnetohydrodynamic theory. The kinetic model is also examined for further understanding. Simple scaling laws for the maximum Lorentz factor are derived, and verified by the simulations.
Numerical simulation of boundary-layer disturbance evolution.
Davies, Christopher
2005-05-15
The use of numerical simulations to study the development of boundary-layer disturbances is illustrated for a number of different incompressible flow configurations. These include cases where the disturbances are generated by, or interact with, flow-control devices in the form of compliant panels, suction slots and microelectromechanical systems actuators. The velocity-vorticity system of governing equations used for the simulations is reviewed, along with the numerical discretization. PMID:16105772
Reynolds shear stress measurements in a separated boundary layer flow
David M. Driver
1991-01-01
Turbulence measurements were obtained for two cases of boundary layer flow with an adverse pressure gradient, one attached and the other separated. A three-component laser Doppler velocimeter system was used to measure three mean velocity components, all six Reynolds stress components, and all ten velocity triple product correlations. Independent measurements of skin-friction obtained with a laser oil-flow interferometer were used
Flow structures in zero pressure-gradient turbulent boundary layers
Arne V. Johansson
To be submitted An experimental investigation on flow structures was performed in a high Rey- nolds number zero pressure-gradient turbulent boundary layer. Results are presented for the fluctuating wall-shear stress obtained simultaneously at two spanwise positions using a micro-machined hot-film sensor. Two-point correla- tions are presented and the mean streak spacing is evaluated from the two-point correlation of high-pass filtered
Prediction of boundary-layer characteristics of an oscillating airfoil
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Cebeci, T.; Carr, L. W.
1981-01-01
The evolution of unsteady boundary layers on oscillating airfoils is investigated by solving the governing equations by the Characteristic Box scheme. The difficulties associated with computing the first profile on a given time line, and the velocity profiles with partial flow reversal are solved. A sample calculation is performed for an external velocity distribution typical of those found near the leading edge of thin airfoils. The viability of the calculation procedure is demonstrated.
Topographically generated internal waves and boundary layer instabilities
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Soontiens, Nancy; Stastna, Marek; Waite, Michael L.
2015-08-01
Flow over topography has been shown to generate finite amplitude internal waves upstream, over the topography and downstream. Such waves can interact with the viscous bottom boundary layer to produce vigorous instabilities. However, the strength and size of such instabilities depends on whether viscosity significantly modifies the wave generation process, which is usually treated using inviscid theory in the literature. In this work, we contrast cases in which boundary layer separation profoundly alters the wave generation process and cases for which the generated internal waves largely match inviscid theory. All results are generated using a numerical model that simulates stratified flow over topography. Several issues with using a wave-based Reynolds number to describe boundary layer properties are discussed by comparing simulations with modifications to the domain depth, background velocity, and viscosity. For hill-like topography, three-dimensional aspects of the instabilities are also discussed. Decreasing the Reynolds number by a factor of four (by increasing the viscosity), while leaving the primary two-dimensional instabilities largely unchanged, drastically affects their three-dimensionalization. Several cases at the laboratory scale with a depth of 1 m are examined in both two and three dimensions and a subset of the cases is scaled up to a field scale 10-m deep fluid while maintaining similar values for the background current and viscosity. At this scale, increasing the viscosity by an order of magnitude does not significantly change the wave properties but does alter the wave's interaction with the bottom boundary layer through the bottom shear stress. Finally, two subcritical cases for which disturbances are able to propagate upstream showcase a set of instabilities forming on the upstream slope of the elevated topography. The time scale over which these instabilities develop is related to but distinct from the advective time scale of the waves. At a non-dimensional time when instabilities have formed in the field scale case, no instabilities have yet formed in the lab scale case.
Boundary Layer Transition Experiments in Support of the Hypersonics Program
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Berry, Scott A.; Chen, Fang-Jenq; Wilder, Michael C.; Reda, Daniel C.
2007-01-01
Two experimental boundary layer transition studies in support of fundamental hypersonics research are reviewed. The two studies are the HyBoLT flight experiment and a new ballistic range effort. Details are provided of the objectives and approach associated with each experimental program. The establishment of experimental databases from ground and flight are to provide better understanding of high-speed flows and data to validate and guide the development of simulation tools.
Structure of turbulent boundary layers perturbed over short length scales
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Belcher, S. E.; Weng, W. S.; Hunt, J. C. R.
Research on the structure of turbulent boundary layers over undulating surfaces and large applied pressure gradients turbulence gives rise to some clarification of concepts (validity of logarithmic wall functions, and when equilibrium or memory effects are more important), approximate turbulence models, and better understanding of the accuracy of existing turbulence models (mixing-length, k-epsilon, and second-order). The aim of this paper is to describe a few of these developments and highlight recent developments.
Nanodiamonds in the Younger Dryas Boundary Sediment Layer
D. J. Kennett; J. P. Kennett; C. Mercer; S. S. Que Hee; L. Bement; T. E. Bunch; M. Sellers; W. S. Wolbach
2009-01-01
We report abundant nanodiamonds in sediments dating to 12.9 ± 0.1 thousand calendar years before the present at multiple locations across North America. Selected area electron diffraction patterns reveal two diamond allotropes in this boundary layer but not above or below that interval. Cubic diamonds form under high temperature-pressure regimes, and n-diamonds also require extraordinary conditions, well outside the range
Vortex/boundary-layer interactions: Data report, volume 1
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Cutler, A. D.; Bradshaw, P.
1987-01-01
This report summarizes the work done under NASA Grant NAGw-581, Vortex/Boundary Layer Interactions. The experimental methods are discussed in detail and numerical results are presented, but are not fully interpreted. This report should be useful to anyone who wishes to make further use of the data (available on floppy disc or magnetic tape) for the development of turbulence models or the validation of predictive methods. Journal papers are in course of preparation.
Generation of Turbulent Inlet Conditions for Thermal Boundary Layer Simulations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Araya, Juan G.
2005-11-01
Realistic environments generally imply spatially evolving turbulent boundary layers, being the flat plate the typical example. In this case, periodic boundary conditions cannot be established in the streamwise direction as in fully developed flows in channels. For this reason, it is necessary to generate turbulent fluctuations at the inlet of the computational domain at every time step. Lund et al. (1998) proposed an ingenious method for accounting spatial growth in the inflow condition based on the similarity of the velocity profiles at different streamwise locations. They extracted a velocity field, from a downstream plane, rescaled it and reintroduced it as a boundary condition at the inlet of the domain. In a posterior study, Kong et al. (2000) extended the previous concept to thermal inflow generation predictions. This research proposes different scales in the inner and outer regions for simulating actual turbulent temperature fluctuations at the entrance of a computational domain based on the Lund's idea: the velocity scales are based on the work of George and Castillo (1997), meanwhile the temperature scaling is derived from investigations performed by Wang and Castillo (2003). Finally, Direct Numerical Simulations of evolving turbulent thermal boundary layers on a flat plate are performed to test the proposed inflow generation model.
Coupled wake boundary layer model of wind-farms
Stevens, Richard J A M; Meneveau, Charles
2014-01-01
We present and test a coupled wake boundary layer (CWBL) model that describes the distribution of the power output in a wind-farm. The model couples the traditional, industry-standard wake expansion/superposition approach with a top-down model for the overall wind-farm boundary layer structure. The wake expansion/superposition model captures the effect of turbine positioning, while the top-down portion adds the interaction between the wind-turbine wakes and the atmospheric boundary layer. Each portion of the model requires specification of a parameter that is not known a-priori. For the wake model the wake expansion coefficient is required, while the top-down model requires an effective span-wise turbine spacing within which the model's momentum balance is relevant. The wake expansion coefficient is obtained by matching the predicted mean velocity at the turbine from both approaches, while the effective span-wise turbine spacing depends on turbine positioning and thus can be determined from the wake expansion...
Wall Roughness Effects on a Separating Turbulent Boundary Layer
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Aubertine, Carolyn; Song, Simon; Eaton, John
2002-11-01
In high Reynolds number flows the effects of roughness must be considered for surfaces that are smooth at lower Reynolds numbers. The effects of roughness for an adverse pressure gradient boundary layer were previously examined at a single Reynolds number. The results of this fully rough case showed a thickening of the boundary layer prior to separation and an increase in the length of the separation bubble. The two-dimensional boundary layer studied here develops with zero pressure gradient and then flows down a smoothly contoured ramp, which produces the strong adverse pressure gradient. The flow separates about 2/3 of the way down the ramp and forms a small separation bubble, which reattaches downstream on a flat plate. The mean velocity and turbulence data are acquired using a custom, 2-component LDA. The Reynolds number is varied by changing the flow density. Previous measurements were made over both the smooth wall and the fully rough wall. Current studies are underway on the same geometry to examine the effects of roughness at higher Reynolds numbers. These studies use a finer grade of sandpaper to produce identical roughness Reynolds number while raising the momentum thickness Reynolds number.
Numerical simulation of shock/turbulent boundary layer interaction
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Biringen, Sedat; Hatay, Ferhat F.
1993-01-01
Most flows of aerodynamic interest are compressible and turbulent. However, our present knowledge on the structures and mechanisms of turbulence is mostly based on incompressible flows. In the present work, compressibility effects in turbulent, high-speed, boundary layer flows are systematically investigated using the Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) approach. Three-dimensional, time-dependent, fully nonlinear, compressible Navier-Stokes equations were numerically integrated by high-order finite-difference methods; no modeling for turbulence is used during the solution because the available resolution is sufficient to capture the relevant scales. The boundary layer problem deals with fully-turbulent compressible flows over flat geometries. Apart from its practical relevance to technological flows, turbulent compressible boundary layer flow is the simplest experimentally realizable turbulent compressible flow. Still, measuring difficulties prohibit a detailed experimental description of the flow, especially in the near-wall region. DNS studies provide a viable means to probe the physics of compressible turbulence in this region. The focus of this work is to explore the paths of energy transfer through which compressible turbulence is sustained. The structural similarities and differences between the incompressible and compressible turbulence are also investigated. The energy flow patterns or energy cascades are found to be directly related to the evolution of vortical structures which are generated in the near-wall region. Near-wall structures, and mechanisms which are not readily accessible through physical experiments are analyzed and their critical role on the evolution and the behavior of the flow is documented extensively.
Effect of thermally induced perturbation in supersonic boundary layers
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yan, Hong; Gaitonde, Datta
2010-06-01
This paper investigates the mechanism of steady and unsteady thermal perturbation (also denoted as thermal bump) in a Mach 1.5 flat plate boundary layer. A high-fidelity upwind-biased third-order Roe scheme is used with the compressive van Leer harmonic limiter on a suitably refined mesh. The study consists of two parts. In the first part, the effects of the steady and pulsed thermal bumps are explored. It is shown that the finite-span thermal bumps generate streamwise vortices. With steady heating, the disturbance decays downstream. However, when the thermal bump is pulsed, vortex shedding is observed and the streamwise vortical disturbance grows with downstream distance, consistent with linear stability analysis. The integrated disturbance energy indicates that streamwise kinetic disturbance energy growth dominates over those associated with other two velocity and thermodynamic components. The second part of this paper explores the physical consequences of the nonlinear dynamics between the vortices produced by the pulsed bump and the compressible boundary layer. The resulting three-dimensional flow distortion generates hairpin structures which are aligned in the streamwise direction, suggesting that the transition process bears some similarity to K-type breakdown. The arrangement of these vortices is connected to the low-speed streaks observed in the evolving boundary layer. The shape factor, velocity, and Reynolds stress profiles suggest that the perturbed flow shows initiation of transition to turbulence, but remains transitional at the end of the plate.
Improved Inlet Noise Attenuation by Alteration of Boundary Layer Profiles
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Mani, Ramani; Luedke, Jon; Jones, Michael G.; Nark, Douglas M.
2004-01-01
Acoustic liners are an essential component of technology used to reduce aircraft engine noise. Flow affects attenuation due to the liner in several ways, one of which is that boundary layers adjacent to the liner refract the sound. In the case of inlet noise, the boundary layer causes sound to be refracted away from the liner, thus degrading attenuation. A concept to improve attenuation by the liner by alteration of inlet boundary layer profiles is presented. The alteration of profiles is achieved by inlet blowing. Computational fluid dynamics and duct mode propagation theory for ducts carrying a parallel sheared flow have been used to design experiments to explore such a possibility in the NASA Langley Research Center Grazing Incidence Tube using an inlet blowing scheme developed at General Electric Global Research. The effects of inlet blowing on two liner configurations were evaluated. Calculated results will be shown for blowing ratios (injected flow/duct flow) of approximately 12% and frequencies up to 3 kHz. These results emphasize changes of attenuation achieved by blowing for the two liners. Experimental results of measured flow profiles (with and without blowing) in the Grazing Incidence Tube, and of corresponding changes in attenuation by the liner due to blowing will be presented.
Prehistory of Instability in a Hypersonic Boundary Layer
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Fedorov, Alexander V.; Khokhlov, Andrew P.
The initial phase of hypersonic boundary-layer transition comprising excitation of boundary-layer modes and their downstream evolution from receptivity regions to the unstable region (instability prehistory problem) is considered. The disturbance spectrum reveals the following features: (1) the first and second modes are synchronized with acoustic waves near the leading edge; (2) further downstream, the first mode is synchronized with entropy and vorticity waves; (3) near the lower neutral branch of the Mack second mode, the first mode is synchronized with the second mode. Disturbance behavior in Regions (2) and (3) is studied using the multiple-mode method accounting for interaction between modes due to mean-flow nonparallel effects. Analysis of the disturbance behavior in Region 3) provides the intermodal exchange rule coupling input and output amplitudes of the first and second modes. It is shown that Region (3) includes branch points at which disturbance group velocity and amplitude are singular. These singularities can cause difficulties in stability analyses. In Region (2), vorticity/entropy waves are partially swallowed by the boundary layer. They may effectively generate the Mack second mode near its lower neutral branch.
Numerical Investigation of a Fuselage Boundary Layer Ingestion Propulsion Concept
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Elmiligui, Alaa A.; Fredericks, William J.; Guynn, Mark D.; Campbell, Richard L.
2013-01-01
In the present study, a numerical assessment of the performance of fuselage boundary layer ingestion (BLI) propulsion techniques was conducted. This study is an initial investigation into coupling the aerodynamics of the fuselage with a BLI propulsion system to determine if there is sufficient potential to warrant further investigation of this concept. Numerical simulations of flow around baseline, Boundary Layer Controlled (BLC), and propelled boundary layer controlled airships were performed. Computed results showed good agreement with wind tunnel data and previous numerical studies. Numerical simulations and sensitivity analysis were then conducted on four BLI configurations. The two design variables selected for the parametric study of the new configurations were the inlet area and the inlet to exit area ratio. Current results show that BLI propulsors may offer power savings of up to 85% over the baseline configuration. These interim results include the simplifying assumption that inlet ram drag is negligible and therefore likely overstate the reduction in power. It has been found that inlet ram drag is not negligible and should be included in future analysis.
Improving Subtropical Boundary Layer Cloudiness in the 2011 NCEP GFS
Fletcher, J. K.; Bretherton, Christopher S.; Xiao, Heng; Sun, Ruiyu N.; Han, J.
2014-09-23
The current operational version of National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Global Forecasting System (GFS) shows significant low cloud bias. These biases also appear in the Coupled Forecast System (CFS), which is developed from the GFS. These low cloud biases degrade seasonal and longer climate forecasts, particularly of short-wave cloud radiative forcing, and affect predicted sea surface temperature. Reducing this bias in the GFS will aid the development of future CFS versions and contributes to NCEP's goal of unified weather and climate modelling. Changes are made to the shallow convection and planetary boundary layer parameterisations to make them more consistent with current knowledge of these processes and to reduce the low cloud bias. These changes are tested in a single-column version of GFS and in global simulations with GFS coupled to a dynamical ocean model. In the single-column model, we focus on changing parameters that set the following: the strength of shallow cumulus lateral entrainment, the conversion of updraught liquid water to precipitation and grid-scale condensate, shallow cumulus cloud top, and the effect of shallow convection in stratocumulus environments. Results show that these changes improve the single-column simulations when compared to large eddy simulations, in particular through decreasing the precipitation efficiency of boundary layer clouds. These changes, combined with a few other model improvements, also reduce boundary layer cloud and albedo biases in global coupled simulations.
Review of Orbiter Flight Boundary Layer Transition Data
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Mcginley, Catherine B.; Berry, Scott A.; Kinder, Gerald R.; Barnell, maria; Wang, Kuo C.; Kirk, Benjamin S.
2006-01-01
In support of the Shuttle Return to Flight program, a tool was developed to predict when boundary layer transition would occur on the lower surface of the orbiter during reentry due to the presence of protuberances and cavities in the thermal protection system. This predictive tool was developed based on extensive wind tunnel tests conducted after the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia. Recognizing that wind tunnels cannot simulate the exact conditions an orbiter encounters as it re-enters the atmosphere, a preliminary attempt was made to use the documented flight related damage and the orbiter transition times, as deduced from flight instrumentation, to calibrate the predictive tool. After flight STS-114, the Boundary Layer Transition Team decided that a more in-depth analysis of the historical flight data was needed to better determine the root causes of the occasional early transition times of some of the past shuttle flights. In this paper we discuss our methodology for the analysis, the various sources of shuttle damage information, the analysis of the flight thermocouple data, and how the results compare to the Boundary Layer Transition prediction tool designed for Return to Flight.
Thermocapillary Bubble Migration: Thermal Boundary Layers for Large Marangoni Numbers
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Balasubramaniam, R.; Subramanian, R. S.
1996-01-01
The migration of an isolated gas bubble in an immiscible liquid possessing a temperature gradient is analyzed in the absence of gravity. The driving force for the bubble motion is the shear stress at the interface which is a consequence of the temperature dependence of the surface tension. The analysis is performed under conditions for which the Marangoni number is large, i.e. energy is transferred predominantly by convection. Velocity fields in the limit of both small and large Reynolds numbers are used. The thermal problem is treated by standard boundary layer theory. The outer temperature field is obtained in the vicinity of the bubble. A similarity solution is obtained for the inner temperature field. For both small and large Reynolds numbers, the asymptotic values of the scaled migration velocity of the bubble in the limit of large Marangoni numbers are calculated. The results show that the migration velocity has the same scaling for both low and large Reynolds numbers, but with a different coefficient. Higher order thermal boundary layers are analyzed for the large Reynolds number flow field and the higher order corrections to the migration velocity are obtained. Results are also presented for the momentum boundary layer and the thermal wake behind the bubble, for large Reynolds number conditions.
Acoustic explorations of the upper ocean boundary layer
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Vagle, Svein
2005-04-01
The upper ocean boundary layer is an important but difficult to probe part of the ocean. A better understanding of small scale processes at the air-sea interface, including the vertical transfer of gases, heat, mass and momentum, are crucial to improving our understanding of the coupling between atmosphere and ocean. Also, this part of the ocean contains a significant part of the total biomass at all trophic levels and is therefore of great interest to researchers in a range of different fields. Innovative measurement plays a critical role in developing our understanding of the processes involved in the boundary layer, and the availability of low-cost, compact, digital signal processors and sonar technology in self-contained and cabled configurations has led to a number of exciting developments. This talk summarizes some recent explorations of this dynamic boundary layer using both active and passive acoustics. The resonant behavior of upper ocean bubbles combined with single and multi-frequency broad band active and passive devices are now giving us invaluable information on air-sea gas transfer, estimation of biological production, marine mammal behavior, wind speed and precipitation, surface and internal waves, turbulence, and acoustic communication in the surf zone.
Turbulent thermal boundary layers subjected to severe acceleration
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Araya, Guillermo; Castillo, Luciano
2013-11-01
Favorable turbulent boundary layers are flows of great importance in industry. Particularly, understanding the mechanisms of quasi-laminarization by means of a very strong favorable streamwise pressure gradient is indeed crucial in drag reduction and energy management applications. Furthermore, due to the low Reynolds numbers involved in the quasi-laminarization process, abundant experimental investigation can be found in the literature for the past few decades. However, several grey zones still remain unsolved, principally associated with the difficulties that experiments encounter as the boundary layer becomes smaller. In addition, little attention has been paid to the heat transfer in a quasi-laminarization process. In this investigation, DNS of spatially-developing turbulent thermal boundary layers with prescribed very strong favorable pressure gradients (K = 4 × 10-6) are performed. Realistic inflow conditions are prescribed based on the Dynamic Multi-scale Approach (DMA) [Araya et al. JFM, Vol. 670, pp. 581-605, 2011]. In this sense the flow carries the footprint of turbulence, particularly in the streamwise component of the Reynolds stresses.
Coupling of magnetopause-boundary layer to the polar ionosphere
Wei, C.Q.; Lee, L.C. )
1993-04-01
The authors develop a model which seeks to explain ultraviolet auroral images from the Viking satellite which show periodic bright regions which resemble [open quotes]beads[close quotes] or [open quotes]pearls[close quotes] aligned along the postnoon auroral oval. ULF geomagnetic pulsations observed in the cusp region are also addressed by this model. The model addresses plasma dynamics in the low-latitude boundary layer and interactions with the polar ionosphere by means of field-aligned current. The Kelvin-Helmholtz instability can develop in the presence of driven plasma flow, which can lead to the formation and growth of plasma vortices in the boundary layer. The finite conductivity of the earth ionosphere causes these vortices to decay. However regions of enhanced field-aligned power density in the postnoon auroral oval can be associated with field-aligned current filaments and boundary layer vortices. These structures may explain the observed bright spots. The authors also discuss the frequency spectrum and the polarization state of the pulsations.
Physical processes within the nocturnal stratus-topped boundary layer
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Moeng, Chin-Hoh; Shen, Shaohua; Randall, David A.
1992-01-01
There are many physical processes involved in the stratus-topped boundary layer: longwave radiation cooling, entrainment, latent heating, surface heating, solar heating, and drizzling, for example. The manner in which the processes combine to maintain the turbulence within the stratus-topped boundary layer remains an unsolved problem. The large eddy simulation technique is used to examine the first four physical processes mentioned above. First, the contribution of each physical process to the thermodynamic differences between the updraft and downdraft branches of turbulent circulations is examined through a conditional sampling. Second, these mean thermodynamic differences are shown to express well the vertical distributions of heat and moisture fluxes within stratus-topped boundary layers. These provide a method to validate the process partitioning technique. (This technique assumes that the net flux profile can be partitioned into different component-flux profiles according to physical processes, and that each partitioned component flux is linear in height.) In this paper, the heat and moisture fluxes are process partitioned, and each component-flux is found to contribute to the net flux in a way that is consistent with its corresponding process contribution to the mean thermodynamic differences between updrafts and downdrafts. Also, the net flux obtained by summing all component-fluxes agrees very well with that obtained directly from the large-eddy simulations.
The study of shock wave and turbulent boundary layer interactions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bogdonoff, Seymour M.
1986-11-01
The three dimensional shock wave turbulent boundary layer interaction generated by several shock generators defined solely by angles has been carried out at a Mach number of 3. Interactions with thin boundary layers were used to obtain overall characteristics, while interactions with thick boundary layers permitted detailed high resolution surveys. Investigations of the interactions were carried out by mean and high frequency surface pressure distribution measurements, surface flow visualization, and mean total head, yaw, and static pressure distributions through the flowfield. Major new data sets were obtained for the interaction of the shock wave generated by a 20 deg fin, and by a 24 deg wedge swept at 60 deg to the incoming flow. A series of tests were carried out to examine new concepts of three-dimensional interactions and extensive non-steady results were obtained from the high frequency surface pressure distributions. Close coordination of the experiments with major computational efforts, support new concepts of flow structure and physics for these complex interactions.
Cloud-Scale Numerical Modeling of the Arctic Boundary Layer
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Krueger, Steven K.
1998-01-01
The interactions between sea ice, open ocean, atmospheric radiation, and clouds over the Arctic Ocean exert a strong influence on global climate. Uncertainties in the formulation of interactive air-sea-ice processes in global climate models (GCMs) result in large differences between the Arctic, and global, climates simulated by different models. Arctic stratus clouds are not well-simulated by GCMs, yet exert a strong influence on the surface energy budget of the Arctic. Leads (channels of open water in sea ice) have significant impacts on the large-scale budgets during the Arctic winter, when they contribute about 50 percent of the surface fluxes over the Arctic Ocean, but cover only 1 to 2 percent of its area. Convective plumes generated by wide leads may penetrate the surface inversion and produce condensate that spreads up to 250 km downwind of the lead, and may significantly affect the longwave radiative fluxes at the surface and thereby the sea ice thickness. The effects of leads and boundary layer clouds must be accurately represented in climate models to allow possible feedbacks between them and the sea ice thickness. The FIRE III Arctic boundary layer clouds field program, in conjunction with the SHEBA ice camp and the ARM North Slope of Alaska and Adjacent Arctic Ocean site, will offer an unprecedented opportunity to greatly improve our ability to parameterize the important effects of leads and boundary layer clouds in GCMs.
An Experimental Investigation of Turbulent Boundary Layer Relaminarization
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bourassa, Corey; Thomas, Flint O.; Nelson, Robert C.
1999-11-01
It has been speculated that turbulent boundary layer relaminarization may play a role in ``inverse Reynolds number effects" in high-lift systems for commercial aviation. Research currently being conducted at the Hessert Center for Aerospace Research at the University of Notre Dame is focused on experimentally assessing the influence of relaminarization in high-lift systems, as well as investigating their fundamental flow physics. To facilitate this research, a wind tunnel experiment was designed in which a turbulent boundary layer was developed in a nominally-zero pressure gradient environment and then subjected to large favorable pressure gradients. The favorable pressure gradient region was designed to achieve constant values of the relaminarization parameter K (Launder, B.E., ``Laminarization of the Turbulent Boundary Layer By Acceleration,'' MIT Gas Turbine Lab, Report # 77 1964) in the range of 1 × 10-6 < K < 5 × 10-6 , which can be controlled by adjusting the free stream velocity of the wind tunnel. Results to be reported include a complete survey of mean and turbulent flow quantities, skin friction measurements obtained via oil film interferometry, and turbulent bursting rates in the relaminarization region.
Vortex studies relating to boundary layer turbulence and noise
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Adelman, J. L.; Hardin, J. C.
1985-01-01
The present study considers the two-dimensional case of an array of N rectilinear, like-sign vortices above an infinite flat boundary. The method of images can be employed with this configuration to reduce the problem to that of 2N vortices in free space, constrained by 2N symmetry relations. This system is Hamiltonian and therefore certain invariants of the motion are known. Futher, from the Hamiltonian constant, the equations of motion are readily derived and may be integrated numerically to determine the vortex trajectories. This knowledge of the time-dependent vortex motion then allows the resulting noise radiation to be computed by standard aeroacoustic techniques.
Vegetation-atmosphere interactions and boundary layer cumulus clouds
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Freedman, Jeffrey Michael
2000-07-01
A study of vegetation-atmosphere interactions and boundary layer cumulus clouds (``BLcu'') in terms of seasonal trends (i.e., heat and moisture tendencies) and short-term events (specifically the modification of in situ air masses) is presented. In the northeastern U.S., in response to increasing insolation and sensible heat flux, both the mixed layer height (zi) and lifting condensation level (LCL) peak (~1300 and 1700 m) just before the start of the growing season. With the commencement of transpiration, the Bowen ratio (?) falls abruptly (from greater than 3 to less than 1) as additional moisture is transpired into the boundary layer, and zi and the LCL decrease. By late spring, boundary layer cumulus cloud frequency increases sharply, as the mixed layer approaches a new equilibrium. At Harvard Forest during 1995, afternoon net carbon uptake (Fco2 ) was 52% greater on days with boundary layer cumulus clouds than clear days. For 1996-1998, afternoon Fco2 was also enhanced, especially during dry periods. The same enhancement, albeit reduced, was observed at a northern jack pine site during the BOREAS project, despite very different phenological, hydrological, and climatological regimes. Sixteen frontal sequences affecting the northeastern U.S. were analyzed in terms of local and regional contributions to the temperature and moisture tendency equations. A composite of sequences featuring the daily appearance of BLcu indicates a diminished role for entrainment and other external forcings due to the daily occurrence of a rapid growth phase in ML diurnal evolution subsequent to day 1. From the sequence minimum (day 2) in temperature and moisture, surface flux convergence accounts for about 50% of the overall net moistening and heating of the mixed layer. Model sensitivity tests show that changes in subsidence and ? ?? affect ML processes most on day 1; dining subsequent days, the rapid growth phase dominates the ML growth equation, and reduces the impact of these external terms, confirming the observations referred to above. Finally, increasing the regional Bowen ratio (?reg) to 3.5 reduces BLcu fraction to <20% and produces little net moistening of the ML; whereas reducing ?reg by 30% increases sequence BLcu coverage by 30-80%. Changes in land-use resulting in a loss of forest cover may diminish BLcu frequency due to a reduction in evapotranspiration and consequent higher LCLs. This positive feedback, whereby reduced BLcu frequency leads to higher surface temperatures (and LCLs), may also significantly reduce net C uptake, which has important implications for existing and potential climate change scenarios.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cotel, Aline; Eiff, Olivier; Moulin, Frederic
2009-11-01
Among many ecologically important aspects of fish locomotion, turbulence is thought to create large stability challenges for fishes. Turbulence is a ubiquitous, highly variable feature of aquatic habitats (Denny, 1988). Species that are more prevalent in ``energetic water'' have more effective control systems and greater ability to generate propulsive power to maneuver. Understanding fish responses and interactions with turbulence is an important biological issue pertinent to evolution of swimming mechanisms and capabilities, and ecological roles and distributions of fishes. There is a current lack of quantitative evaluation of such systems. In most natural systems, sediments and various factors in streambed topography create a rough turbulent boundary layer along the bottom. This work used complimentary laboratory experimental studies and previous field observations (Cotel et al. 2005) to determine how a rough turbulent boundary layer interacts with flow structures created by obstacles in a channel using PIV. Preliminary analysis shows a strong interaction between the turbulent boundary layer created by roughness elements and the wakes behind cylinder arrays.
Flat-plate drag measurements with vortex generators in turbulent boundary layer
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Rao, D. M.; Mehrotra, S. C.
1983-01-01
Direct drag measurements were obtained on a flat plate with a spanwise row of vortex generators near the leading edge, to produce an array of stream wise vortices within the approaching turbulent boundary layer. The object was to explore the possibility of modifying the large scale structure of the boundary layer through embedded longitudinal vortices with a view to obtaining a reduction in wall shear. Both obstacle and vane type vortex generators were tested at free stream velocities 40 ft/sec to 130 ft/sec corresponding to plate length Reynolds no. 0.3 million to 0.8 million with a nominal boundary layer thickness of approximately 0.6 in. at the leading edge. A few vortex generator configurations were tested both on and off the plate to measure the total drag as well as the plate drag alone. The obstacle type devices reduced the plate drag, indicating that the wake momentum defect predominated even in the presence of streamwise vortices. The vane type vortex generators however always increased the plate drag.
Hot-Film and Hot-Wire Anemometry for a Boundary Layer Active Flow Control Test
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Lenahan, Keven C.; Schatzman, David M.; Wilson, Jacob Samuel
2013-01-01
Unsteady active flow control (AFC) has been used experimentally for many years to minimize bluff-body drag. This technology could significantly improve performance of rotorcraft by cleaning up flow separation. It is important, then, that new actuator technologies be studied for application to future vehicles. A boundary layer wind tunnel was constructed with a 1ft-x-3ft test section and unsteady measurement instrumentation to study how AFC manipulates the boundary layer to overcome adverse pressure gradients and flow separation. This unsteady flow control research requires unsteady measurement methods. In order to measure the boundary layer characteristics, both hot-wire and hot-film Constant Temperature Anemometry is used. A hot-wire probe is mounted in the flow to measure velocity while a hot-film array lays on the test surface to measure skin friction. Hot-film sensors are connected to an anemometer, a Wheatstone bridge circuit with an output that corresponds to the dynamic flow response. From this output, the time varying flow field, turbulence, and flow reversal can be characterized. Tuning the anemometers requires a fan test on the hot-film sensors to adjust each output. This is a delicate process as several variables drastically affect the data, including control resistance, signal input, trim, and gain settings.
JÃ¼ngel, Ansgar
Perfectly Matched Layers versus discrete transparent boundary conditions in quantum device Abstract Discrete transparent boundary conditions (DTBC) and the Perfectly Matched Lay- ers (PML) method transparent boundary conditions, transient simulations, quantum waveguides, Aharonov-Bohm effect 1
Cubature formulas for a two-variable function with boundary-layer components
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zadorin, A. I.
2013-12-01
Cubature formulas for evaluating the double integral of a two-variable function with boundary-layer components are constructed and studied. Because of the boundary-layer components, the cubature formulas based on Newton-Cotes formulas become considerably less accurate. Analogues of the trapezoidal and Simpson rules that are exact for the boundary-layer components are constructed. Error estimates for the constructed formulas are derived that are uniform in the gradients of the integrand in the boundary layers.
Xiaolin Zhong
1998-01-01
Direct numerical simulation (DNS) has become a powerful tool in studying fundamental phenomena of laminar-turbulent transition of high-speed boundary layers. Previous DNS studies of supersonic and hypersonic boundary layer transition have been limited to perfect-gas flow over flat-plate boundary layers without shock waves. For hypersonic boundary layers over realistic blunt bodies, DNS studies of transition need to consider the effects
Computational Study of Hypersonic Boundary Layer Stability on Cones
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gronvall, Joel Edwin
Due to the complex nature of boundary layer laminar-turbulent transition in hypersonic flows and the resultant effect on the design of re-entry vehicles, there remains considerable interest in developing a deeper understanding of the underlying physics. To that end, the use of experimental observations and computational analysis in a complementary manner will provide the greatest insights. It is the intent of this work to provide such an analysis for two ongoing experimental investigations. The first focuses on the hypersonic boundary layer transition experiments for a slender cone that are being conducted at JAXA's free-piston shock tunnel HIEST facility. Of particular interest are the measurements of disturbance frequencies associated with transition at high enthalpies. The computational analysis provided for these cases included two-dimensional CFD mean flow solutions for use in boundary layer stability analyses. The disturbances in the boundary layer were calculated using the linear parabolized stability equations. Estimates for transition locations, comparisons of measured disturbance frequencies and computed frequencies, and a determination of the type of disturbances present were made. It was found that for the cases where the disturbances were measured at locations where the flow was still laminar but nearly transitional, that the highly amplified disturbances showed reasonable agreement with the computations. Additionally, an investigation of the effects of finite-rate chemistry and vibrational excitation on flows over cones was conducted for a set of theoretical operational conditions at the HIEST facility. The second study focuses on transition in three-dimensional hypersonic boundary layers, and for this the cone at angle of attack experiments being conducted at the Boeing/AFOSR Mach-6 quiet tunnel at Purdue University were examined. Specifically, the effect of surface roughness on the development of the stationary crossflow instability are investigated in this work. One standard mean flow solution and two direct numerical simulations of a slender cone at an angle of attack were computed. The direct numerical simulations included a digitally-filtered, randomly distributed surface roughness and were performed using a high-order, low-dissipation numerical scheme on appropriately resolved grids. Comparisons with experimental observations showed excellent qualitative agreement. Comparisons with similar previous computational work were also made and showed agreement in the wavenumber range of the most unstable crossflow modes.
Plasmonic array nanoantennas on layered substrates: modeling and radiation characteristics.
Ghadarghadr, Shabnam; Hao, Zhengwei; Mosallaei, Hossein
2009-10-12
In this paper, we theoretically characterize the performance of array of plasmonic core-shell nano-radiators located over layered substrates. Engineered substrates are investigated to manipulate the radiation performance of nanoantennas. A rigorous analytical approach for the problem in hand is developed by applying Green's function analysis of dipoles located above layered materials. It is illustrated that around the electric scattering resonances of the subwavelength spherical particles, each particle can be viewed as an induced electric dipole which is related to the total electric field upon that particle by a polarizability factor. Utilizing this, we can effectively study the physical performance of such structures. The accuracy of our theoretical model is validated through using a full-wave finite difference time domain (FDTD) numerical technique. It is established that by novel arraying of nano-particl and tailoring their multilayer substrates, one can successfully engineer the radiation patterns and beam angles. Several optical nanoantennas designed on layered substrates are explored. Using the FDTD the effect of finite size substrate is also explored. PMID:20372586
The simulation of coherent structures in a laminar boundary layer
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Breuer, Kenny; Landahl, Marten T.; Spalart, Philippe R.
1987-01-01
Coherent structures in turbulent shear flows were studied extensively by several techniques, including the VITA technique which selects rapidly accelerating or decelerating regions in the flow. The evolution of a localized disturbance in a laminar boundary layer shows strong similarity to the evolution of coherent structures in a turbulent-wall bounded flow. Starting from a liftup-sweep motion, a strong shear layer develops which shares many of the features seen in conditionally-sampled turbulent velocity fields. The structure of the shear layer, Reynolds stress distribution, and wall pressure footprint are qualitatively the same, indicating that the dynamics responsible for the structure's evolution are simple mechanisms dependent only on the presence of a high mean shear and a wall and independent of the effects of local random fluctuations and outer flow effects. As the disturbance progressed, the development of streak-like-high- and low-speed regions associated with the three-dimensionality.
Equilibrium boundary layers in moderate to strong adverse pressure gradients
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Schofield, W. H.
1981-12-01
A model for boundary layers in moderate to strong adverse pressure gradients is presented. The model accounts for equilibrium layers and gives small logarithmic regions with half-power regions close to the wall. An accurate description of the mean profile from the free stream to close to the wall, within 1-4% of the total layer thickness, is obtained, assuming self-preserving forms for the mean and fluctuating flow components. Twelve attached flows in moderate to strong pressure gradients were analyzed and compared to model predictions. A velocity profile downstream of the initial profile is derived from three equations, the third being empirically based on an observation that the inner logarithmic law tangentially joins the outer defect law with no discernible blending or crossover region.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Blay-Carreras, E.; Pino, D.; Vilà-Guerau de Arellano, J.; van de Boer, A.; De Coster, O.; Darbieu, C.; Hartogensis, O.; Lohou, F.; Lothon, M.; Pietersen, H.
2014-05-01
Observations, mixed-layer theory and the Dutch Large-Eddy Simulation model (DALES) are used to analyze the dynamics of the boundary layer during an intensive operational period (1 July 2011) of the Boundary Layer Late Afternoon and Sunset Turbulence campaign. Continuous measurements made by remote sensing and in situ instruments in combination with radio soundings, and measurements done by remotely piloted aircraft systems and two manned aircrafts probed the vertical structure and the temporal evolution of the boundary layer during the campaign. The initial vertical profiles of potential temperature, specific humidity and wind, and the temporal evolution of the surface heat and moisture fluxes prescribed in the models runs are inspired by some of these observations. The research focuses on the role played by the residual layer during the morning transition and by the large-scale subsidence on the evolution of the boundary layer. By using DALES, we show the importance of the dynamics of the boundary layer during the previous night in the development of the boundary layer at the morning. DALES numerical experiments including the residual layer are capable of modeling the observed sudden increase of the boundary-layer depth during the morning transition and the subsequent evolution of the boundary layer. These simulations show a large increase of the entrainment buoyancy flux when the residual layer is incorporated into the mixed layer. We also examine how the inclusion of the residual layer above a shallow convective boundary layer modifies the turbulent kinetic energy budget. Large-scale subsidence mainly acts when the boundary layer is fully developed, and, for the studied day, it is necessary to be considered to reproduce the afternoon observations. Finally, we also investigate how carbon dioxide (CO2) mixing ratio stored the previous night in the residual layer plays a fundamental role in the evolution of the CO2 mixing ratio during the following day.
Vertical transport of accumulation mode particles between two street canyons and the urban boundary' project (CAPITOUL) at the top of two intersecting street canyons and in the urban boundary layer (UBL) in Keywords: Turbulent fluxes Accumulation mode particles Urban canopy layer Urban boundary layer Particle
Simulation of bubble migration in a turbulent boundary layer M. Mattson and K. Mahesha
Mahesh, Krishnan
Simulation of bubble migration in a turbulent boundary layer M. Mattson and K. Mahesha Aerospace of bubbles injected into a turbulent boundary layer. The Reynolds number of the turbulent boundary layer varies from 420 Re 1800, and the bubble Reynolds number Reb 1. Simulation parameters were chosen to match
Boundary layer flows behind constant speed shock waves moving into a dusty gas
B. Y. Wang; I. I. Glass
1991-01-01
Laminar boundary layer flows behind constant speed shock waves moving into a dusty gas are analyzed numerically. The basic equations of two-phase flows are derived in shock fixed coordinates and solved by an implicit finite-difference method for the side wall boundary layer in a dusty gas shock tube. The development of the boundary layer and resulting velocity and temperature profiles,
MEASUREMENT OF WALL SHEAR STRESS IN TURBULENT BOUNDARY LAYERS USING AN OPTICAL INTERFEROMETRY METHOD
Marusic, Ivan
MEASUREMENT OF WALL SHEAR STRESS IN TURBULENT BOUNDARY LAYERS USING AN OPTICAL INTERFEROMETRY meter was built and was used to measure skin friction in a series of turbulent boundary layer ows scaling velocity for turbulent boundary layers. Unfortunately, direct measurement of skin friction
Aero-optical measurements in a subsonic, turbulent boundary layer with non-adiabatic walls
Gordeyev, Stanislav
Aero-optical measurements in a subsonic, turbulent boundary layer with non-adiabatic walls measurements in a subsonic, turbulent boundary layer with non-adiabatic walls Stanislav Gordeyev,1,a) Jacob A index-of-refraction turbulent flow over an optical aperture.14 Free-shear layers, compressible boundary
Boundary layer transition in high-speed flows due to roughness
Mahesh, Krishnan
Boundary layer transition in high-speed flows due to roughness Prahladh S. Iyer , Suman Muppidi by varying the boundary layer thickness (k/ = 2.54, 1.0, 0.25 & 0.125). Transition occurs in all cases, and the essential mechanism of transition appears to be similar. At smaller boundary layer thickness, multiple
Raman, Sethu
1999-01-01
Development and propagation of a pollution gradient in the marine boundary layer during INDOEX and propagation of a pollution gradient in the marine boundary layer over the Arabian Sea during the Intensive as the leading edge of a polluted air mass in the marine boundary layer and also its propagation over the Arabian
Atmospheric Environment 41 (2007) 82758287 Boundary layer photochemistry simulated with a two-stream
Menut, Laurent
2007-01-01
homogeneous concentrations in the planetary boundary layer (PBL). Ozone concentrations are also more Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Keywords: Photochemical smog; Boundary layer; Mixing; Turbulence; OzoneAtmospheric Environment 41 (2007) 82758287 Boundary layer photochemistry simulated with a two
Atmospheric Environment 40 (2006) 5057 Trace-gas mixing in isolated urban boundary layers
2006-01-01
Atmospheric Environment 40 (2006) 5057 Trace-gas mixing in isolated urban boundary layers: Results. Keywords: Air pollution; CO; Ozone; Noy; Mixing; Convective atmospheric boundary layer 1. Introduction Luke over the full depth of growing convective atmospheric boundary layers (CABLs) have been scarce
Stability Analysis for a Saline Boundary Layer Formed by Uniform Up ow Using Finite Elements
Eindhoven, Technische Universiteit
Stability Analysis for a Saline Boundary Layer Formed by Uniform Up ow Using Finite Elements G, leads to the buildup of a saline boundary layer, usually with solid salt on the surface. The di#11;usion of the saline boundary layer in a semi-in#12;nite aquifer with uniform up ow
Orbiter Entry Aeroheating Working Group Viscous CFD Boundary Layer Transition Trailblazer Solutions
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Wood, William A.; Erickson, David W.; Greene, Francis A.
2007-01-01
Boundary layer transition correlations for the Shuttle Orbiter have been previously developed utilizing a two-layer boundary layer prediction technique. The particular two-layer technique that was used is limited to Mach numbers less than 20. To allow assessments at Mach numbers greater than 20, it is proposed to use viscous CFD to the predict boundary layer properties. This report addresses if the existing Orbiter entry aeroheating viscous CFD solutions, which were originally intended to be used for heat transfer rate predictions, adequately resolve boundary layer edge properties and if the existing two-layer results could be leveraged to reduce the number of needed CFD solutions. The boundary layer edge parameters from viscous CFD solutions are extracted along the wind side centerline of the Space Shuttle Orbiter at reentry conditions, and are compared with results from the two-layer boundary layer prediction technique. The differences between the viscous CFD and two-layer prediction techniques vary between Mach 6 and 18 flight conditions and Mach 6 wind tunnel conditions, and there is not a straightforward scaling between the viscous CFD and two-layer values. Therefore: it is not possible to leverage the existing two-layer Orbiter flight boundary layer data set as a substitute for a viscous CFD data set; but viscous CFD solutions at the current grid resolution are sufficient to produce a boundary layer data set suitable for applying edge-based boundary layer transition correlations.
Dynamic Immersed Boundary Method for Modeling of Turbulent Boundary Layers over Bio-Fouled Surfaces
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yang, Xiang; Sadique, Jasim; Mittal, Rajat; Meneveau, Charles
2013-11-01
The growth of large organisms on ship surfaces, i.e. macrobiofouling, is a major contributor to drag, and consequently, fuel consumption. The problem of turbulence over biofouled surfaces may be reduced to that of a developing turbulent boundary layer over a surface with a wide range of roughness length scales. Due to the presence of these scales, direct numerical simulation (DNS) or even wall-resolved large-eddy-simulation (LES) is prohibitively expensive. We address this challenge by developing a dynamic immersed boundary method that does not require the flow field nor the roughness to be fully resolved. The effect of unresolved small eddies are included via an LES sub-grid model. The large-scale roughness elements are resolved by a sharp-interface immersed boundary method and the effect of small (unresolved) roughness elements is incorporated through the use of a wall model that assumes a log-law at the grid point closest to the wall. This computationally efficient method is validated against experiments of developing turbulent boundary layer with multiple-scale roughness elements. We present results from this study and provide a discussion of our findings. The growth of large organisms on ship surfaces, i.e. macrobiofouling, is a major contributor to drag, and consequently, fuel consumption. The problem of turbulence over biofouled surfaces may be reduced to that of a developing turbulent boundary layer over a surface with a wide range of roughness length scales. Due to the presence of these scales, direct numerical simulation (DNS) or even wall-resolved large-eddy-simulation (LES) is prohibitively expensive. We address this challenge by developing a dynamic immersed boundary method that does not require the flow field nor the roughness to be fully resolved. The effect of unresolved small eddies are included via an LES sub-grid model. The large-scale roughness elements are resolved by a sharp-interface immersed boundary method and the effect of small (unresolved) roughness elements is incorporated through the use of a wall model that assumes a log-law at the grid point closest to the wall. This computationally efficient method is validated against experiments of developing turbulent boundary layer with multiple-scale roughness elements. We present results from this study and provide a discussion of our findings. This work is funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) grant N00014-12-1-0582. Fruitful interactions with M. Schultz (USNA), B. Ganapathisubramani and M. Placidi (Southhampton) are also gratefully acknowledged.
Collett Jr., Jeffrey L.
Observed covariance between ecosystem carbon exchange and atmospheric boundary layer dynamics 2004; published 17 April 2004. [1] Ecosystem CO2 exchange and atmosphere boundary layer (ABL) mixing interactions; 3307 Meteorology and Atmospheric Dynamics: Boundary layer processes; 3322 Meteorology
Discrete Roughness Effects on High-Speed Boundary Layers
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Iyer, Prahladh Satyanarayanan
This dissertation studies the effects of a discrete roughness element on a high-speed boundary layer using Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) on unstructured grids. Flow past a cylindrical roughness element placed perpendicular to the flow and a hemispherical bump is studied. A compressible linear stability theory (LST) solver for parallel flows is developed based on the algorithm by Malik and validated for a range of Mach numbers ranging from incompressible to Mach 10. The evolution of the perturbations from DNS is validated with the linear stability solver making the DNS algorithm suitable to study transition problems. Flow past a cylindrical roughness element at Mach 8.12 is simulated using DNS and the velocity profiles in the symmetry and wall---parallel planes are compared to the experiments of Bathel et al.. The flow remains steady and laminar, and does not transition. Overall, good agreement is observed between DNS and experiments, thus validating our algorithm to study effect of roughness on high-speed flows. However, differences are observed in the separation region upstream and recirculation region downstream of the roughness. The DNS results are used to quantify possible uncertainties in the measurement technique as suggested by Danehy [20]. The effect of upstream injection (5% of the free-stream velocity) is also simulated to quantify its effects on the velocity profiles to mimic the injection of NO into air in the experiment. While the boundary layer thickness of the flow increases downstream of the injection location, its effect on the velocity profiles is small when the profiles are scaled with the boundary layer thickness. Flow past a hemispherical bump at Mach 3.37, 5.26 and 8.23 are simulated using DNS with the flow conditions matching the experiments of Danehy et al. to understand the different flow features associated with the flow and the physical mechanism that causes the flow to transition to turbulence. It is observed that the Mach 3.37 and 5.26 flows transition to turbulence while the Mach 8.23 flow remains laminar downstream of the roughness element. The roughness element used in this study is large since the boundary layer thickness of the laminar boundary layer at the location of the roughness is smaller than the roughness height.The Mach 3.37 flow undergoes transition closer to the bump when compared to Mach 5.26, in agreement with experimental observations. Transition is accompanied by an increase in Cf and Ch (Stanton number). Even for the case that did not undergo transition (Mach 8.23), streamwise vortices induced by the roughness cause a significant rise in Cf until 20D downstream. Mean Van-Driest transformed velocity and Reynolds stress for Mach 3.37 and 5.26 shows good agreement with available data. The transition process involves the following key elements---Upon interaction with the roughness element, the boundary layer separates to form a series of spanwise vortices upstream of the roughness, and a separation shear layer. The system of spanwise vortices wrap around the roughness element in the form of horseshoe/necklace vortices to yield a system of counter-rotating streamwise vortices downstream of the element. These vortices are located beneath the separation shear layer and perturb it, which results in the formation of trains of hairpin-shaped vortices further downstream of the roughness for the cases that undergo transition. These hairpins spread in the span with increasing downstream distance and the flow increasingly resembles a fully developed turbulent boundary layer. A local Reynolds number based on the wall properties is seen to correlate the onset of transition for the cases considered. To assess the effect of roughness height on transition, a Mach 3.37 flow past a hemispherical bump is studied by varying the boundary layer thickness (k/delta = 2.54, 1.0, 0.25 & 0.125) where k is the roughness height and delta is the laminar boundary layer thickness at the location of the roughness. Transition occurs in all cases, and the essential mechanism of transition appears to b
Nonlinear spatial evolution of inviscid instabilities on hypersonic boundary layers
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Wundrow, David W.
1996-01-01
The spatial development of an initially linear vorticity-mode instability on a compressible flat-plate boundary layer is considered. The analysis is done in the framework of the hypersonic limit where the free-stream Mach number M approaches infinity. Nonlinearity is shown to become important locally, in a thin critical layer, when sigma, the deviation of the phase speed from unity, becomes o(M(exp -8/7)) and the magnitude of the pressure fluctuations becomes 0(sigma(exp 5/2)M(exp 2)). The unsteady flow outside the critical layer takes the form of a linear instability wave but with its amplitude completely determined by the nonlinear flow within the critical layer. The coupled set of equations which govern the critical-layer dynamics reflect a balance between spatial-evolution, (linear and nonlinear) convection and nonlinear vorticity-generation terms. The numerical solution to these equations shows that nonlinear effects produce a dramatic reduction in the instability-wave amplitude.
Dynamical Properties of Vortex Furrows in Transitioning Boundary Layers
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bernard, Peter
2011-11-01
A vortex filament simulation of the spatially growing transitional boundary layer reveals the presence of low speed streaks underlying furrow-like streamwise oriented folds in the surface vorticity layer (AIAA J. Vol. 48, 2010; Proc. ETC13, 2011). The putative hairpin vortices and packets widely observed in boundary layers are found to be an illusion created by assigning the status of structure to the visualized form of regions of rotational motion created by the vortex furrows. Thus, at best, hairpins roughly describe the shape taken by that part of the vorticity within the furrows that directly causes rotation while ignoring the ``invisible'' and considerable non-rotational part. The life history of the furrows is discussed here including a description of how they grow and the dynamics of the vorticity field within them. Long lived furrows represent ``factories'' within which initially spanwise vorticity progresses from arch to either one or two-lobed mushroom-like structures in a continuous stream. Furrows grow by this same process. At the heart of the furrow phenomenon is a self-reinforcing process by which streamwise vorticity begets more streamwise vorticity.
Thermographic analysis of turbulent non-isothermal water boundary layer
Znamenskaya, Irina A
2015-01-01
The paper is devoted to the investigation of the turbulent water boundary layer in the jet mixing flows using high-speed infrared (IR) thermography. Two turbulent mixing processes were studied: a submerged water jet impinging on a flat surface and two intersecting jets in a round disc-shaped vessel. An infrared camera (FLIR Systems SC7700) was focused on the window transparent for IR radiation; it provided high-speed recordings of heat fluxes from a thin water layer close to the window. Temperature versus time curves at different points of water boundary layer near the wall surface were acquired using the IR camera with the recording frequency of 100 Hz. The time of recording varied from 3 till 20 min. The power spectra for the temperature fluctuations at different points on the hot-cold water mixing zone were calculated using the Fast Fourier Transform algorithm. The obtained spectral behavior was compared to the Kolmogorov "-5/3 spectrum" (a direct energy cascade) and the dual-cascade scenario predicted for...
Vertical ozone characteristics in urban boundary layer in Beijing.
Ma, Zhiqiang; Xu, Honghui; Meng, Wei; Zhang, Xiaoling; Xu, Jing; Liu, Quan; Wang, Yuesi
2013-07-01
Vertical ozone and meteorological parameters were measured by tethered balloon in the boundary layer in the summer of 2009 in Beijing, China. A total of 77 tethersonde soundings were taken during the 27-day campaign. The surface ozone concentrations measured by ozonesondes and TEI 49C showed good agreement, albeit with temporal difference between the two instruments. Two case studies of nocturnal secondary ozone maxima are discussed in detail. The development of the low-level jet played a critical role leading to the observed ozone peak concentrations in nocturnal boundary layer (NBL). The maximum of surface ozone was 161.7 ppbv during the campaign, which could be attributed to abundant precursors storage near surface layer at nighttime. Vertical distribution of ozone was also measured utilizing conventional continuous analyzers on 325-m meteorological observation tower. The results showed the NBL height was between 47 and 280 m, which were consistent with the balloon data. Southerly air flow could bring ozone-rich air to Beijing, and the ozone concentrations exceeded the China's hourly ozone standard (approximately 100 ppb) above 600 m for more than 12 h. PMID:23129408
Impact of the vertical mixing induced by low-level jets on boundary layer ozone concentration
Xue, Ming
Impact of the vertical mixing induced by low-level jets on boundary layer ozone concentration Xiao: Ozonesonde Low-level jet Atmospheric boundary layer Ozone WRF/Chem Residual layer a b s t r a c t After at multiple sites along the corridor. layer (RL) is leaky in the presence of a strong low
Wall layer models for the calculation of velocity and heat transfer in turbulent boundary layers
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Walker, J. D. A.; Scharnhorst, R. K.; Weigand, G. G.
1986-01-01
In the computation of turbulent boundary-layer flows and internal flows, a substantial amount of mesh points and computational effort is required to adequately resolve the intense temperature and velocity profile variations in the near wall region. In this study, analytical profile approximations are obtained for the mean velocity and temperature distribution in the wall layer; these profiles are based upon consideration of the observed coherent structure of the time-dependent wall-layer flow. The profile approximations are relatively simple analytical formulae which satisfy all the required compatibility conditions at the wall and the logarithmic behavior at the edge of the wall layer. The Reynolds analogy for heat transfer is not used in the present theory. A general method for utilizing the present wall-layer profile models in a prediction method is indicated.
Multi-layer prediction of mean velocity profiles in turbulent boundary layers
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Chen, Xi; Hussain, Fazle; She, Zhen-Su
2012-11-01
A multi-layer prediction of the mean velocity profile (MVP) is developed for the zero pressure gradient (ZPG) turbulent boundary layer (TBL), in good agreement with empirical data over a wide range of the Reynolds number (Re). The theory builds on our model of the mixing length for channel and pipe flows, in which all of the physical parameters characterizing the viscous sublayer, buffer layer and bulk layer are held universal, as well as the Karman constant 0.45. The theory predicts a logarithmic law constant B of 6.5. The identified differences between the channel/pipe and TBL are the absence of a wall-confined central core layer and a fractional scaling of the total stress for the latter. Then, the theory yields an analytic expression for the wake function and friction coefficient in excellent agreement with measurements. In conclusion, a unified theory is presented for the MVPs of all canonical wall-bounded turbulent flows.
Free-stream disturbances, continuous eigenfunctions, boundary-layer instability and transition
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Salwen, H.
1980-01-01
A rational foundation is provided for the application of the linear stability theory of parallel shear flows to transition prediction. An explicit method is given for carrying out the necessary calculations. The expansions are shown to be complete. Sample calculations show that a typical boundary layer is very sensitive to vorticity disturbance in the inner boundary layer near the critical layer. Vorticity disturbances three or four boundary layer thicknesses above the boundary are nearly uncoupled from the boundary layer, in that the amplitudes of the discrete Tollmein-Schlichting waves are an extremely small fraction of the amplitude of the disturbance.
Free-stream disturbance, continuous Eigenfunctions, boundary-layer instability and transition
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Grosch, C. E.
1980-01-01
A rational foundation is presented for the application of the linear shear flows to transition prediction, and an explicit method is given for carrying out the necessary calculations. The expansions used are shown to be complete. Sample calculations show that a typical boundary layer is very sensitive to vorticity disturbances in the inner boundary layer, near the critical layer. Vorticity disturbances three or four boundary layer thicknesses above the boundary are nearly uncoupled from the boundary layer in that the amplitudes of the discrete Tollmien-Schlicting waves are an extremely small fraction of the amplitude of the disturbance.
Fullerenes in the cretaceous-tertiary boundary layer
Heymann, D.; Chibante, L.P.F.; Smalley, R.E. ); Brooks, R.R. ); Wolbach, W.S. )
1994-07-29
High-pressure liquid chromatography with ultraviolet-visible spectral analysis of toluene extracts of samples from two Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) boundary sites in New Zealand has revealed the presence of C[sub 60] at concentrations of 0.1 to 0.2 parts per million of the associated soot. This technique verified also that fullerenes are produced in similar amounts in the soots of common flames under ambient atmospheric conditions. Therefore, the C[sub 60] in the K-T boundary layer may have originated in the extensive wildfires that were associated with the cataclysmic impact event that terminated the Mezozoic era about 65 million years ago.
Experimental investigation of thermally stable turbulent boundary layers
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Smits, Alexander J.; Williams, Owen; Hohman, Tristen; van Buren, Tyler
2013-11-01
Thermally stable turbulent boundary layers are prevalent in the polar regions and instrumental in determining surface heat fluxes. At present, theoretical treatments of such flows have been found to be inaccurate. Experiments were thus conducted to gain further insight into changes in turbulent structure and corresponding statistics under stable conditions. Isothermal and constant heat flux boundary conditions were investigated as well as smooth and rough surfaces. PIV was used to examine the velocity field, and a thermocouple rake was used to measure the mean temperature profile. Under particular investigation are (1) the existence of a critical Richardson number at which turbulence was strongly suppressed and whether this was influenced by the surface roughness condition, and (2) the effects of increased stratification on the hairpin vortex structure and its organization into packets. This work was made possible by support received through Princeton University's Grand Challenges-Energy program, supported by the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation.
Interaction of a Boundary Layer with a Turbulent Wake
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Piomelli, Ugo
2004-01-01
The objective of this grant was to study the transition mechanisms on a flat-plate boundary layer interacting with the wake of a bluff body. This is a simplified configuration presented and designed to exemplify the phenomena that occur in multi-element airfoils, in which the wake of an upstream element impinges on a downstream one. Some experimental data is available for this configuration at various Reynolds numbers. The first task carried out was the implementation and validation of the immersed-boundary method. This was achieved by performing calculations of the flow over a cylinder at low and moderate Reynolds numbers. The low-Reynolds number results are discussed, which is enclosed as Appendix A. The high-Reynolds number results are presented in a paper in preparation for the Journal of Fluid Mechanics. We performed calculations of the wake-boundary-layer interaction at two Reynolds numbers, Re approximately equal to 385 and 1155. The first case is discussed and a comparison of the two calculations is reported. The simulations indicate that at the lower Reynolds number the boundary layer is buffeted by the unsteady Karman vortex street shed by the cylinder. This is shown: long streaky structures appear in the boundary layer in correspondence of the three-dimensionalities in the rollers. The fluctuations, however, cannot be self-sustained due to the low Reynolds-number, and the flow does not reach a turbulent state within the computational domain. In contrast, in the higher Reynolds-number case, boundary-layer fluctuations persist after the wake has decayed (due, in part, to the higher values of the local Reynolds number Re achieved in this case); some evidence could be observed that a self-sustaining turbulence generation cycle was beginning to be established. A third simulation was subsequently carried out at a higher Reynolds number, Re=3900. This calculation gave results similar to those of the Re=l155 case. Turbulence was established at fairly low Reynolds number, as a consequence of the high level of the free-stream perturbation. An instantaneous flow visualization for that case is shown. A detailed examination of flow statistics in the transitional and turbulent regions, including the evolution of the turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) budget and frequency spectra showed the formation and evolution of turbulent spots characteristic of the bypass transition mechanism. It was also observed that the turbulent eddies achieved an equilibrium, fully developed turbulent states first, as evidenced by the early agreement achieved by the terms in the TKE budget with those observed in turbulent flows. Once a turbulent Reynolds stress profile had been established, the velocity profile began to resemble a turbulent one, first in the inner region and later in the outer region of the wall layer. An extensive comparison of the three cases, including budgets, mean velocity and Reynolds stress profiles and flow visualization, is included. The results obtained are also presented.
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Marzooqi, Mohamed Al; Basha, Ghouse; Ouarda, Taha B. M. J.; Armstrong, Peter; Molini, Annalisa
2014-05-01
Strong sensible heat fluxes and deep turbulent mixing - together with marked dustiness and a low substrate water content - represent a characteristic signature in the boundary layer over hot deserts, resulting in "thicker" mixing layers and peculiar optical properties. Beside these main features however, desert ABLs present extremely complex local structures that have been scarcely addressed in the literature, and whose understanding is essential in modeling processes such as the transport of dust and pollutants, and turbulent fluxes of momentum, heat and water vapor in hyper-arid regions. In this study, we analyze a continuous record of observations of the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) height from a single lens LiDAR ceilometer operated at Masdar Institute Field Station (24.4oN, 54.6o E, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), starting March 2013. We compare different methods for the estimation of the ABL height from Ceilometer data such as, classic variance-, gradient-, log gradient- and second derivation-methods as well as recently developed techniques such as the Bayesian Method and Wavelet covariance transform. Our goal is to select the most suited technique for describing the climatology of the ABL in desert environments. Comparison of our results with radiosonde observations collected at the nearby airport of Abu Dhabi indicate that the WCT and the Bayesian method are the most suitable tools to accurately identify the ABL height in all weather conditions. These two methods are used for the definition of diurnal and seasonal climatologies of the boundary layer conditional to different atmospheric stability classes.
Plasma characteristics inside boundary layers of magnetic clouds
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wei, F.; Liu, R.; Feng, X.; Zhong, D.; Yang, F.
We have analyzed the plasma characteristics (PC) inside boundary layer (BL) of 23 magnetic clouds(MCs), based on the research of magnetic structures inside boundary layers of magnetic clouds (Ref. GRL., Vol. 30, No.24, 2283, 2003). The main new results are that (1) the BL of MC is a non-pressure balanced structures. Its total pressure, PT,BL(=NpKTp+NeKTe+B^2/8?), is generally less than that in the vicinity of solar wind, PT,SW, and that in the following MC, PT,MC, due to the increases of the thermal pressures of proton and electron in BL could not generally replenish the decreases of magnetic pressure in the BL; (2) ratio of electric and proton temperatures in the BL, (T_e/T_p)BL<1, is almost less than (T_e/T_p)SW? 1 in the SW and (T_e/T_p)MC>1 in the MC, which would result that the excitation and dissipation of the various waves in the BL would be different from the SW and the MC; (3) Plasma ? parameter in the BL is higher than that in the SW and the MC, because of the decrease of the magnetic pressure and the increase of the thermal pressure; (4) the dynamic pressure PE,BL in the BL is larger than PE,SW in the SW and PE,MC in the MC, as a result of the increase of proton and electric density; and (5) in addition, heating, acceleration and reversal flow of proton and electron are often observed in some BLs. These characteristics of plasma mentioned above show that the boundary layer of magnetic clouds is an important structure associated with magnetic clouds in interplanetary space.
Infrared Imaging of Boundary Layer Transition Flight Experiments
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Berry, Scott A.; Horvath, Thomas J., Jr.; Schwartz, Richard; Ross, Martin; Anderson, Brian; Campbell, Charles H.
2008-01-01
The Hypersonic Thermodynamic Infrared Measurement (HYTHIRM) project is presently focused on near term support to the Shuttle program through the development of an infrared imaging capability of sufficient spatial and temporal resolution to augment existing on-board Orbiter instrumentation. Significant progress has been made with the identification and inventory of relevant existing optical imaging assets and the development, maturation, and validation of simulation and modeling tools for assessment and mission planning purposes, which were intended to lead to the best strategies and assets for successful acquisition of quantitative global surface temperature data on the Shuttle during entry. However, there are longer-term goals of providing global infrared imaging support to other flight projects as well. A status of HYTHIRM from the perspective of how two NASA-sponsored boundary layer transition flight experiments could benefit by infrared measurements is provided. Those two flight projects are the Hypersonic Boundary layer Transition (HyBoLT) flight experiment and the Shuttle Boundary Layer Transition Flight Experiment (BLT FE), which are both intended for reducing uncertainties associated with the extrapolation of wind tunnel derived transition correlations for flight application. Thus, the criticality of obtaining high quality flight data along with the impact it would provide to the Shuttle program damage assessment process are discussed. Two recent wind tunnel efforts that were intended as risk mitigation in terms of quantifying the transition process and resulting turbulent wedge locations are briefly reviewed. Progress is being made towards finalizing an imaging strategy in support of the Shuttle BLT FE, however there are no plans currently to image HyBoLT.
Planetary Boundary Layer Dynamics over Reno, Nevada in Summer
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Liming, A.; Sumlin, B.; Loria Salazar, S. M.; Holmes, H.; Arnott, W. P.
2014-12-01
Quantifying the height of the planetary boundary layer (PBL) is important to understand the transport behavior, mixing, and surface concentrations of air pollutants. In Reno, NV, located in complex, mountainous terrain with high desert climate, the daytime boundary layer can rise to an estimated 3km or more on a summer day due to surface heating and convection. The nocturnal boundary layer, conversely, tends to be much lower and highly stable due to radiative cooling from the surface at night and downslope flow of cool air from nearby mountains. With limited availability of radiosonde data, current estimates of the PBL height at any given time or location are potentially over or underestimated. To better quantify the height and characterize the PBL physics, we developed portable, lightweight sensors that measure CO2 concentrations, temperature, pressure, and humidity every 5 seconds. Four of these sensors are used on a tethered balloon system to monitor CO2 concentrations from the surface up to 300m. We will combine this data with Radio Acoustic Sounding System (RASS) data that measures vertical profiles of wind speed, temperature, and humidity from 40m to 400m. This experiment will characterize the diurnal evolution of CO2 concentrations at multiple heights in the PBL, provide insight into PBL physics during stability transition periods at sunrise and sunset, and estimate the nighttime PBL depth during August in Reno. Further, we expect to gain a better understanding of the impact of mixing volume changes (i.e., PBL height) on air quality and pollution concentrations in Reno. The custom portable sensor design will also be presented. It is expected that these instruments can be used for indoor or outdoor air quality studies, where lightness, small size, and battery operation can be of benefit.
Lower Boundary of Icy Layers Covering Mars' South Polar Region
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2007-01-01
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This map shows the topography of the south polar region of Mars, including topography buried by thick deposits of icy material. The map is a combination of surface elevation data acquired by the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter aboard NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiter, and subsurface elevation data acquired by the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding (MARSIS) aboard the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter.
The black line shows the boundary of the south polar layered deposits, an ice-rich geologic unit that was probed by MARSIS. Elevation values within the black outline, as measured by MARSIS, show the topography at the boundary between the layered deposits and the underlying material, an interface known as the 'bed' of the deposits. The elevation of the terrain is shown by colors, with purple and blue representing the lowest areas, and orange and red the highest. The total range of elevation shown is about 5 kilometers (3 miles). The radar data reveal previously undetected features of topography of the bed, including depressions as deep as 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) shown in purple in the near-polar region. The boundary of the layered deposits was mapped by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey. The dark circle in the upper center is the area poleward of 87 degrees south latitude, where MARSIS data cannot be collected. The map covers an area 1,670 by 1,800 kilometers (1,035 by 1,115 miles).
MARSIS is an instrument on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter. NASA and the Italian Space Agency jointly funded the instrument. The Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter flew on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiter.
Modelling wave-boundary layer interaction for wind power applications
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Jenkins, A. D.; Barstad, I.; Gupta, A.; Adakudlu, M.
2012-04-01
Marine wind power production facilities are subjected to direct and indirect effects of ocean waves. Direct effects include forces due to wave orbital motions and slamming of the water surface under breaking wave conditions, corrosion and icing due to sea spray, and the effects of wave-generated air bubbles. Indirect effects include include the influence of waves on the aerodynamic sea-surface roughness, air turbulence, the wind velocity profile, and air velocity oscillations, wave-induced currents and sediment transport. Field observations within the boundary layers from floating measurement may have to be corrected to account for biases induced as a result of wave-induced platform motions. To estimate the effect of waves on the atmospheric boundary layer we employ the WRF non-hydrostatic mesoscale atmosphere model, using the default YSU planetary boundary layer (PBL) scheme and the WAM spectral wave model, running simultaneously and coupled using the open-source coupler MCEL which can interpolate between different model grids and timesteps. The model is driven by the WRF wind velocity at 10 m above the surface. The WRF model receives from WAM updated air-sea stress fields computed from the wind input source term, and computes new fields for the Charnock parameter and marine surface aerodynamic roughness. Results from a North Atlantic and Nordic Seas simulation indicate that the two-way coupling scheme alters the 10 metre wind predicted by WRF by up to 10 per cent in comparison with a simulation using a constant Charnock parameter. The changes are greatest in developing situations with passages of fronts, moving depressions and squalls. This may be directly due to roughness length changes, or may be due to changes in the timing of front/depression/squall passages. Ongoing work includes investigating the effect of grid refinement/nesting, employing different PBL schemes, and allowing the wave field to change the direction of the total air-sea stress.
A finite element-boundary integral method for conformal antenna arrays on a circular cylinder
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Kempel, Leo C.; Volakis, John L.
1992-01-01
Conformal antenna arrays offer many cost and weight advantages over conventional antenna systems. In the past, antenna designers have had to resort to expensive measurements in order to develop a conformal array design. This was due to the lack of rigorous mathematical models for conformal antenna arrays. As a result, the design of conformal arrays was primarily based on planar antenna design concepts. Recently, we have found the finite element-boundary integral method to be very successful in modeling large planar arrays of arbitrary composition in a metallic plane. We are extending this formulation to conformal arrays on large metallic cylinders. In doing so, we will develop a mathematical formulation. In particular, we discuss the finite element equations, the shape elements, and the boundary integral evaluation. It is shown how this formulation can be applied with minimal computation and memory requirements.
A finite element-boundary integral method for conformal antenna arrays on a circular cylinder
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Kempel, Leo C.; Volakis, John L.; Woo, Alex C.; Yu, C. Long
1992-01-01
Conformal antenna arrays offer many cost and weight advantages over conventional antenna systems. In the past, antenna designers have had to resort to expensive measurements in order to develop a conformal array design. This is due to the lack of rigorous mathematical models for conformal antenna arrays, and as a result the design of conformal arrays is primarily based on planar antenna design concepts. Recently, we have found the finite element-boundary integral method to be very successful in modeling large planar arrays of arbitrary composition in a metallic plane. Herewith we shall extend this formulation for conformal arrays on large metallic cylinders. In this we develop the mathematical formulation. In particular we discuss the finite element equations, the shape elements, and the boundary integral evaluation, and it is shown how this formulation can be applied with minimal computation and memory requirements. The implementation shall be discussed in a later report.
Notes on an Internal Boundary-Layer Height Formula
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Savelyev, Sergiya.; Taylor, Petera.
The derivation of the Panofsky-Dutton internal boundary-layer(IBL) height formula has been revisited. We propose that the upwindroughness length (rather than downwind) should be used in theformula and that a turbulent vertical velocity (w) ratherthan the surface friction velocity (u*) should be considered asthe appropriate scaling for the rate of propagation ofdisturbances into the turbulent flow. A published set ofwind-tunnel and atmospheric data for neutral stratification hasbeen used to investigate the influence of the magnitude ofroughness change on the IBL height.
Regional scale evaporation and the atmospheric boundary layer
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Parlange, Marc B.; Eichinger, William E.; Albertson, John D.
1995-01-01
In this review we briefly summarize some current models of evaporation and the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) and discuss new experimental and computational oppurtunities that may aid our understanding of evaporation at these larger scales. In particular, consideration is given to remote sensing of the atmosphere, computational fluid dynamics and the role numerical models can play in understanding land-atmosphere interactions. These powerful modeling and measurement tools are allowing us to visualize and study spatial and temporal scales previously untouched, thereby increasing the oppurtunities to improve our understanding of land-atmosphere interaction.
Transition in Hypersonic Boundary Layers: Role of Dilatational Waves
Zhu, Yiding; Yuan, Huijing; Wu, Jiezhi; Chen, Shiyi; Lee, Cunbiao; Gad-el-Hak, Mohamed
2015-01-01
Transition and turbulence production in a hypersonic boundary layer is investigated in a Mach 6 quiet wind tunnel using Rayleigh-scattering visualization, fast-response pressure measurements, and particle image velocimetry. It is found that the second instability acoustic mode is the key modulator of the transition process. The second mode experiences a rapid growth and a very fast annihilation due to the effect of bulk viscosity. The second mode interacts strongly with the first vorticity mode to directly promote a fast growth of the latter and leads to immediate transition to turbulence.
Supersonic and hypersonic shock/boundary-layer interaction database
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Settles, Gary S.; Dodson, Lori J.
1994-01-01
An assessment is given of existing shock wave/tubulent boundary-layer interaction experiments having sufficient quality to guide turbulence modeling and code validation efforts. Although the focus of this work is hypersonic, experiments at Mach numbers as low as 3 were considered. The principal means of identifying candidate studies was a computerized search of the AIAA Aerospace Database. Several hundred candidate studies were examined and over 100 of these were subjected to a rigorous set of acceptance criteria for inclusion in the data-base. Nineteen experiments were found to meet these criteria, of which only seven were in the hypersonic regime (M is greater than 5).
Turbulent Boundary Layer Facility to Investigate Superhydrophobic Drag Reduction
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gose, James W.; Perlin, Marc; Ceccio, Steven L.
2013-11-01
Recent developments in superhydrophobic surfaces have led to potential economic and environmental benefits, perhaps most notably in skin-friction drag reduction. A team from the University of Michigan has developed a recirculating turbulent boundary layer facility to investigate the reduction of drag along engineered superhydrophobic surfaces (SHS). The facility can accommodate both small and large SHS samples in a test section 7 mm (depth)×100 mm (span)×1000 mm (length). Coupled with an 11.2 kilowatt pump and a 30:1 contraction the facility is capable of producing an average flow velocity of 25 m/s, yielding a Reynolds number of 84,000. Flexure-mounted test samples subjected to shear deflect to a max of 50 microns; movements are measured using a digital microscope composed of a high-resolution camera and a water immersion objective. The setup yields an optical resolution of about one micron whereas sub-micron resolution is achieved by implementing an FFT of two Ronchi rulings. Additional drag measurement methods include pressure drop across the test specimen and PIV measured boundary layers. Additional SHS investigations include the implementation of active gas replenishment, providing an opportunity to replace gas-pockets that would otherwise be disrupted in traditional passive SHS surfaces due to high shear stress and turbulent pressure fluctuations. Recent developments in superhydrophobic surfaces have led to potential economic and environmental benefits, perhaps most notably in skin-friction drag reduction. A team from the University of Michigan has developed a recirculating turbulent boundary layer facility to investigate the reduction of drag along engineered superhydrophobic surfaces (SHS). The facility can accommodate both small and large SHS samples in a test section 7 mm (depth)×100 mm (span)×1000 mm (length). Coupled with an 11.2 kilowatt pump and a 30:1 contraction the facility is capable of producing an average flow velocity of 25 m/s, yielding a Reynolds number of 84,000. Flexure-mounted test samples subjected to shear deflect to a max of 50 microns; movements are measured using a digital microscope composed of a high-resolution camera and a water immersion objective. The setup yields an optical resolution of about one micron whereas sub-micron resolution is achieved by implementing an FFT of two Ronchi rulings. Additional drag measurement methods include pressure drop across the test specimen and PIV measured boundary layers. Additional SHS investigations include the implementation of active gas replenishment, providing an opportunity to replace gas-pockets that would otherwise be disrupted in traditional passive SHS surfaces due to high shear stress and turbulent pressure fluctuations. The authors recognize the support of ONR.
Boundary layer effects above a Himalayan valley near Mount Everest
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sun, Fanglin; Ma, Yaoming; Li, Maoshan; Ma, Weiqiang; Tian, Hui; Metzger, Stefan
2007-04-01
Periodical Wind Profiler and Radio Acoustic Sounding System observations have been commenced at the Himalayas' northern slope nearby Mount Everest in September 2005. Primarily data sets obtained 25 km remote from the glacier edge are utilized for a preliminary discussion of planetary boundary layer circulation resembling high alpine mountainous regions. Substantial findings include the detection of two wind shears and the phenomenon of glacier wind at a distance of 25 km from the glaciers. The latter lead to a reversed compensatory flow in a vertical scale of up to 2000 m above ground level, pointing at supra regional impact.
Fluid-membrane tethers: Minimal surfaces and elastic boundary layers
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Powers, Thomas R.; Huber, Greg; Goldstein, Raymond E.
2002-04-01
Thin cylindrical tethers are common lipid bilayer membrane structures, arising in situations ranging from micromanipulation experiments on artificial vesicles to the dynamic structure of the Golgi apparatus. We study the shape and formation of a tether in terms of the classical soap-film problem, which is applied to the case of a membrane disk under tension subject to a point force. A tether forms from the elastic boundary layer near the point of application of the force, for sufficiently large displacement. Analytic results for various aspects of the membrane shape are given.
Aerodynamic heating for gaps in laminar and transitional boundary layers
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Bertin, J. J.; Goodrich, W. D.
1980-01-01
The presence of gaps, slots, and/or steps in a surface may significantly perturb a supersonic boundary layer. The paper discusses heat-transfer distributions for a variety of gap configurations which were obtained by placing instrumented inserts in a flat-plate structural carrier. The data were obtained in a 3.50 foot hypersonic wind tunnel at a freestream Mach number of 5.10 over a range of Reynolds number from 2,570,000 to 8,110,000. The variables of the test program included the freestream Reynolds number and the gap configuration, e.g., width, depth, step height, number, and orientation.
Observation of environmental boundary layers at miltiple scales
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Higgins, C. W.; Pardyjak, E.; Holmes, H.; Blunck, D.; Liu, Z.; Calaf, M.
2014-12-01
Identifying appropriate scaling variables and underlying physical mechanisms of boundary layers in complex environments and ecosystems requires a multi-scale approach. New techniques and technologies must be leveraged to capture, visualize, and understand the interconnectivity of the atmosphere with the land surface, plant canopy and riparian areas. Here multiple physical processes interact to create 'hot spots' and 'hot times' of activity. In this presentation we will show never-seen-before observations of these complex flows and will use the data to form scaling variables that may be the foundation of a new similarity approach for flows in complex topography.
Supersonic turbulent boundary layers with periodic mechanical non-equilibrium
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ekoto, Isaac Wesley
Previous studies have shown that favorable pressure gradients reduce the turbulence levels and length scales in supersonic flow. Wall roughness has been shown to reduce the large-scales in wall bounded flow. Based on these previous observations new questions have been raised. The fundamental questions this dissertation addressed are: (1) What are the effects of wall topology with sharp versus blunt leading edges? and (2) Is it possible that a further reduction of turbulent scales can occur if surface roughness and favorable pressure gradients are combined? To answer these questions and to enhance the current experimental database, an experimental analysis was performed to provide high fidelity documentation of the mean and turbulent flow properties along with surface and flow visualizations of a high-speed (M = 2.86), high Reynolds number (Retheta ? 60,000) supersonic turbulent boundary layer distorted by curvature-induced favorable pressure gradients and large-scale ( k+s ? 300) uniform surface roughness. Nine models were tested at three separate locations. Three pressure gradient models strengths (a nominally zero, a weak, and a strong favorable pressure gradient) and three roughness topologies (aerodynamically smooth, square, and diamond shaped roughness elements) were used. Highly resolved planar measurements of mean and fluctuating velocity components were accomplished using particle image velocimetry. Stagnation pressure profiles were acquired with a traversing Pitot probe. Surface pressure distributions were characterized using pressure sensitive paint. Finally flow visualization was accomplished using schlieren photographs. Roughness topology had a significant effect on the boundary layer mean and turbulent properties due to shock boundary layer interactions. Favorable pressure gradients had the expected stabilizing effect on turbulent properties, but the improvements were less significant for models with surface roughness near the wall due to increased tendency towards flow separation. It was documented that proper roughness selection coupled with a sufficiently strong favorable pressure gradient produced regions of "negative" production in the transport of turbulent stress. This led to localized areas of significant turbulence stress reduction. With proper roughness selection and sufficient favorable pressure gradient strength, it is believed that localized relaminarization of the boundary layer is possible.
Fluid-membrane tethers: minimal surfaces and elastic boundary layers
Thomas R. Powers; Greg Huber; Raymond E. Goldstein
2002-01-16
Thin cylindrical tethers are common lipid bilayer membrane structures, arising in situations ranging from micromanipulation experiments on artificial vesicles to the dynamic structure of the Golgi apparatus. We study the shape and formation of a tether in terms of the classical soap-film problem, which is applied to the case of a membrane disk under tension subject to a point force. A tether forms from the elastic boundary layer near the point of application of the force, for sufficiently large displacement. Analytic results for various aspects of the membrane shape are given.
Wind and Temperature Profiles in the Radix Layer: The Bottom Fifth of the Convective Boundary Layer.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Santoso, Edi; Stull, Roland
1998-06-01
In the middle of the convective atmospheric boundary layer is often a deep layer of vertically uniform wind speed (MUL), wind direction, and potential temperature (UL). A radix layer is identified as the whole region below this uniform layer, which includes the classic surface layer as a shallower subdomain. An empirical wind speed (M) equation with an apparently universal shape exponent (A) is shown to cause observations from the 1973 Minnesota field experiment to collapse into a single similarity profile, with a correlation coefficient of roughly 0.99. This relationship is M/MUL = F(z/zR), where F is the profile function, z is height above ground, and zR is depth of the radix layer. The profile function is F = (z/zR)A exp[A(1 z/zR)] in the radix layer (z/zR 1), and F = 1 in the uniform layer (zR < z < 0.7zi). The radix-layer equations might be of value for calculation of wind power generation, wind loading on buildings and bridges, and air pollutant transport.The same similarity function F with a different radix-layer depth and shape exponent is shown to describe the potential temperature () profile: ( UL)/(0 UL) = 1 F(z/zR), where 0 is the potential temperature of the air near the surface. These profile equations are applicable from 1 m above ground level to the midmixed layer and include the little-studied region above the surface layer but below the uniform layer. It is recommended that similarity profiles be formulated as mean wind or potential temperature versus height, rather than as shears or gradients versus height because shear expressions disguise errors that are revealed when the shear is integrated to get the speed profile.
Prandtl boundary layers for the Phan-Thien Tanner and Giesekus fluid
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Renardy, Michael
2015-06-01
The Prandtl equations, arising naturally in the description of high Reynolds number boundary layers, have turned out to be quite difficult from the point of view of mathematical analysis. Recent work by the author has shown that the analogous problem for the upper-convected Maxwell fluid is actually better behaved, and the well-posedness of the boundary layer equations has been established. In this paper, boundary layers for the Phan-Thien-Tanner and Giesekus fluid are considered. It turns out that there are two fundamentally different types of boundary layers, which we shall call elastic and viscometric boundary layers. The elastic boundary layers will be analyzed in an analogous fashion as those for the upper-convected Maxwell fluid. On the other hand, for viscometric boundary layers, which occur only for the PTT fluid, the equations are equivalent to those for a power law fluid.
Aerodynamic Models for Hurricanes III. Modeling hurricane boundary layer
Leonov, Arkady I
2008-01-01
The third paper of the series (see previous ones in Refs.[1-2]) discusses basic physicalprocesses in the (quasi-) steady hurricane boundary layer (HBL), develops an approximate airflow model, establishes the HBL structure, and presents integral balance relations for dynamic and thermodynamic variables in HBL. Models of evaporation and condensation are developed, where the condensation is treated similarly to the slow combustion theory. A turbulent approximation for the lower sub-layer of HBL is applied to the sea-air interaction to establish the observed increase in angular momentum in the outer region of HBL.A closed set of balance relations has been obtained. Simple analytical solution of the set yields expressions for the basic dynamic variables - maximal tangential and radial velocities in hurricane, maximal vertical speed in eye wall, the affinity speed of hurricane travel, and the maximal temperature increase after condensation. Estimated values of the variables seem to be realistic. An attempt is also ...
Amplitude-dependent neutral modes in compressible boundary layer flows
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Gajjar, J. S. B.
1990-01-01
The ideas of Benney and Bergeron (1969) and Davies (1970) on nonlinear critical layers are extended, and some new nonlinear neutral modes are computed for compressible boundary layer flow. A special case of the work is when the generalized inflexion point criterion holds. Neutral modes are found for a range of phase-speeds, dependent on the Mach number, and the properties of these are discussed. As in the linear case when the flow is relatively supersonic, multiple neutral modes exist. The behavior of the neutral amplitude in some limiting cases is also considered, and it is found that the results are significantly different from that in incompressible flow when the flow is locally supersonic.
Reynolds shear stress measurements in a separated boundary layer flow
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Driver, David M.
1991-06-01
Turbulence measurements were obtained for two cases of boundary layer flow with an adverse pressure gradient, one attached and the other separated. A three-component laser Doppler velocimeter system was used to measure three mean velocity components, all six Reynolds stress components, and all ten velocity triple product correlations. Independent measurements of skin-friction obtained with a laser oil-flow interferometer were used to examine the law of the wall in adverse pressure gradient flows where p(+) is less than 0.05. Strong similiarities were seen between the two adverse pressure gradient flows and free shear layer type flows. Eddy viscosities, dissipation rates, and pressure-strain rates were deduced from the data and compared to various turbulence modeling assumptions.
Effect of bulges on the stability of boundary layers
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Nayfeh, Ali H.; Ragab, Saad A.; Al-Maaitah, Ayman A.
1988-01-01
The instability of flows around hump and dip imperfections is investigated. The mean flow is calculated using interacting boundary layers, thereby accounting for viscous/inviscid interaction and separation bubbles. Then, the two-dimensional linear stability of this flow is analyzed, and the amplification factors are computed. Results are obtained for several height/width ratios and locations. The theoretical results have been used to correlate the experimental results of Walker and Greening (1942). The observed transition locations are found to correspond to amplification factors varying between 7.4 and 10.0, consistent with previous results for flat plates. The method accounts for both viscous and shear-layer instabilities. Separation is found to increase significantly the amplification factor.
Research applications of a boundary-layer wind profiler
Rogers, R.R.; Ethier, S.A. ); Ecklund, W.L.; Carter, D.A.; Gage, K.S. )
1993-04-01
A small UHF radar wind profiler was operated over a 40-day period during the summer of 1990 at a site on the windward coast of the island of Hawaii. It provided continuous measurements of winds up to the height of the trade-wind inversion, which varied in altitude from about 2 to 4 km during the course of the experiments. The inversion was readily discernible in the data as an elevated layer of high reflectivity, caused by the sharp gradient of refractive index at that level. With a wavelength of 33 cm, the profiler has about the same sensitivity to light rain as to moderately reflective clear air. The data have provided unexpected information on rain development, wave motions on the inversion, sustained vertical air motions at low levels, and interactions between convection and the inversion echo. This paper gives examples of some of the observations, indicating the wide range of applications of boundary-layer profilers.
On the helicity estimation in the atmospheric boundary layer
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Victorovna Vazaeva, Natalia; Feodosevich Kramar, Valeriy; Dmitrievich Kouznetsov, Rostislav; Sergeevich Lyulyukin, Vasily; Guramovich Chkhetiani, Otto
2015-04-01
Large-scale motions in the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) are sustained by the cooperative effect of friction and Earth rotation. This flows have a non-zero helicity [1,2]. Consequently, turbulence in the ABL is also characterize by the non-zero helicity [3]. This property has been observed in the atmospheric experiments [4] and the DNS modeling [5]. The role of helicity in the atmospheric and ocean large-scale dynamics and its possible prognostics sense attracts permanent interest. The purpose of the present investigation is to determine the helicity in terms of experimental data and to check the possibility of the ABL helicity estimation. The integral helicity in the Ekman layer is given by 0 ? ? H = UG2 + VG2 [1], PIC
Reynolds shear stress measurements in a separated boundary layer flow
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Driver, David M.
1991-01-01
Turbulence measurements were obtained for two cases of boundary layer flow with an adverse pressure gradient, one attached and the other separated. A three-component laser Doppler velocimeter system was used to measure three mean velocity components, all six Reynolds stress components, and all ten velocity triple product correlations. Independent measurements of skin-friction obtained with a laser oil-flow interferometer were used to examine the law of the wall in adverse pressure gradient flows where p(+) is less than 0.05. Strong similiarities were seen between the two adverse pressure gradient flows and free shear layer type flows. Eddy viscosities, dissipation rates, and pressure-strain rates were deduced from the data and compared to various turbulence modeling assumptions.
Surface boundary layer turbulence in the Southern ocean
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Merrifield, Sophia; St. Laurent, Louis; Owens, Breck; Naveira Garabato, Alberto
2015-04-01
Due to the remote location and harsh conditions, few direct measurements of turbulence have been collected in the Southern Ocean. This region experiences some of the strongest wind forcing of the global ocean, leading to large inertial energy input. While mixed layers are known to have a strong seasonality and reach 500m depth, the depth structure of near-surface turbulent dissipation and diffusivity have not been examined using direct measurements. We present data collected during the Diapycnal and Isopycnal Mixing Experiment in the Southern Ocean (DIMES) field program. In a range of wind conditions, the wave affected surface layer (WASL), where surface wave physics are actively forcing turbulence, is contained to the upper 15-20m. The lag-correlation between wind stress and turbulence shows a strong relationship up to 6 hours (˜1/2 inertial period), with the winds leading the oceanic turbulent response, in the depth range between 20-50m. We find the following characterize the data: i) Profiles that have a well-defined hydrographic mixed layer show that dissipation decays in the mixed layer inversely with depth, ii) WASLs are typically 15 meters deep and 30% of mixed layer depth, iii) Subject to strong winds, the value of dissipation as a function of depth is significantly lower than predicted by theory. Many dynamical processes are known to be missing from upper-ocean parameterizations of mixing in global models. These include surface-wave driven processes such as Langmuir turbulence, submesocale frontal processes, and nonlocal representations of mixing. Using velocity, hydrographic, and turbulence measurements, the existence of coherent structures in the boundary layer are investigated.
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Gupta, R. N.; Trimpi, R. L.
1973-01-01
An analytic investigation of the relaxation of the accelerating-gas boundary layer to the test-gas boundary layer over a flat plate mounted in an expansion tube has been conducted. In this treatment, nitrogen has been considered as the test gas and helium as the accelerating gas. The problem is analyzed in two conically similar limits: (1) when the time lag between the arrival of the shock and the interface at the leading edge of the plate is very large, and (2) when this time lag is negligible. The transient laminar boundary-layer equations of a perfect binary-gas mixture are taken as the flow governing equations. These coupled equations have been solved numerically by Gauss-Seidel line-relaxation method. The results predict the transient behavior as well as the time required for an all-helium accelerating-gas boundary layer to relax to an all-nitrogen boundary layer.
On the Development of Concave Surface Boundary Layer Flows
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Winoto, S. H.; Tandiono; Shah, D. A.; Mitsudharmadi, H.
2010-06-01
The development of concave surface boundary-layer flows is characterized by the formation of streamwise counterrotating Görtler vortices and has been experimentally investigated for concave surfaces of 1 m and 2 m radius of curvature. For this study, the wavelengths of the vortices were pre-set or "forced" by thin perturbation wires placed upstream and perpendicular to the concave surface leading edge. This method was used to obtain uniform vortex wavelengths. Velocity contours were obtained from velocity measurements using a single hot-wire anemometer probe. The most amplified wavelengths of the vortices can be pre-set by the spanwise spacing of the thin wires and free-stream velocity. The velocity contours on the cross-sectional planes at several streamwise locations show the growth and breakdown of the vortices. Three different regions can be identified based on the growth rate of the vortices. The occurrence of a secondary instability mode is also shown in the form of mushroom-like structures as a consequence of the non-linear growth of Görtler vortices. Measurements of wall shear stress on concave surface of 1 m radius of curvature reveal that the spanwise-averaged wall shear stress increases well beyond the flat plate boundary layer values. By presetting much larger or much smaller vortex wavelength than the most amplified one, the splitting or merging of Görtler vortices can be respectively observed.
The turning of the wind in the atmospheric boundary layer
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Peña, Alfredo; Gryning, Sven-Erik; Floors, Rogier
2014-06-01
Here we use accurate observations of the wind speed vector to analyze the behavior with height of the wind direction. The observations are a combination of tall meteorological mast and long-range wind lidar measurements covering the entire atmospheric boundary layer. The observations were performed at the Høvsøre site in Denmark, which is a flat farmland area with a nearly homogeneous easterly upstream sector. Therefore, within that sector, the turning of the wind is caused by a combination of atmospheric stability, Coriolis, roughness, horizontal pressure gradient and baroclinity effects. Atmospheric stability was measured using sonic anemometers placed at different heights on the mast. Horizontal pressure gradients and baroclinity are derived from outputs of a numerical weather prediction model and are used to estimate the geostrophic wind. It is found, for these specific and relatively short periods of analysis, that under both barotropic and baroclinic conditions, the model predicts the gradient and geostrophic wind well, explaining for a particular case an 'unusual' backing of the wind. The observed conditions at the surface, on the other hand, explain the differences in wind veering. The simulated winds underpredict the turning of the wind and the boundary-layer winds in general.
Nonmethane hydrocarbons in Southern Ocean boundary layer air
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lewis, Alastair C.; Carpenter, Lucy J.; Pilling, Michael J.
2001-03-01
Measurements at the remote marine boundary layer station of Cape Grim, Northwest Tasmania, allow study of the unperturbed background atmosphere. Here we present a continuous data series of nonmethane hydrocarbons (NMHCs), measured in situ and with high sensitivity during the Second Southern Ocean Photochemistry Experiment (SOAPEX 2) during austral summer 1999. Air masses arriving at Cape Grim originate from the Australian continent, Tasmania, and Southern Ocean and Antarctic regions. In Southern Ocean marine boundary layer (MBL) air, C2 and C3 alkanes show a highly uniform abundance (ethane 142±11.9 parts per trillion by volume (pptv), propane 8.9±1.7 pptv) at around 4 times lower concentrations than encountered in unpolluted Northern Hemisphere MBL air. The presence of shorter-lived NMHCs in marine air indicates sources of both C4-C6 alkanes and several alkenes in the Southern Ocean. The alkane isomer distributions and abundances are in broad agreement with literature sea-air flux rates. In dynamically stable maritime air, midday maxima in ethene, propene, and isoprene concentrations of a few pptv indicate photochemically driven sources very near to the sea surface. Despite their high reactivity, the impact of these oceanic alkenes on local OH concentrations in remote MBL air is not significant. However, the abundance of isoprene in marine air may significantly elevate formaldehyde above that generated by methane oxidation.
Low Cost Geothermal Separators BLISS Boundary Layer Inline Separator Scrubber
Jung, Douglas; Wai, King
2000-05-26
A new compact, low cost, and high performance separator is being developed to help reduce the installed and O and M cost of geothermal power generation. This device has been given the acronym ''BLISS'' that stands for ''Boundary Layer Inline Separator Scrubber''. The device is the first of a series of separators, and in the case of injectates, scrubbers to address the cost-reduction needs of the industry. The BLISS is a multi-positional centrifugal separator primarily designed to be simply installed between pipe supports, in a horizontal position. This lower profile reduces the height safety concern for workers, and significantly reduces the total installation cost. The vessel can demand as little as one-quarter (25%) the amount of steel traditionally required to fabricate many large vertical separators. The compact nature and high separating efficiency of this device are directly attributable to a high centrifugal force coupled with boundary layer control. The pseudo isokinetic flow design imparts a self-cleaning and scale resistant feature. This polishing separator is designed to remove moderate amounts of liquid and entrained solids.
Nonlinear evolution of Mack modes in a hypersonic boundary layer
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Chokani, Ndaona
2005-01-01
In hypersonic boundary layer flows the nonlinear disturbance evolution occurs relatively slowly over a very long length scale and has a profound effect on boundary layer transition. In the case of low-level freestream disturbances and negligible surface roughness, the transition is due to the modal growth of exponentially growing Mack modes that are destabilized by wall cooling. Cross-bicoherence measurements, derived from hot-wire data acquired in a quiet hypersonic tunnel, are used to identify and quantify phase-locked, quadratic sum and difference interactions involving the Mack modes. In the early stages of the nonlinear disturbance evolution, cross-bicoherence measurements indicate that the energy exchange between the Mack mode and the mean flow first occurs to broaden the sidebands; this is immediately followed by a sum interaction of the Mack mode to generate the first harmonic. In the next stages of the nonlinear disturbance evolution, there is a difference interaction of the first harmonic, which is also thought to contribute to the mean flow distortion. This difference interaction, in the latter stages, is also accompanied by a difference interaction between Mack mode and first harmonic, and a sum interaction, which forces the second harmonic. Analysis using the digital complex demodulation technique, shows that the low-frequency, phase-locked interaction that is identified in the cross bicoherence when the Mack mode and first harmonic have large amplitudes, arises due to the amplitude modulation of Mack mode and first harmonic.
Structure of rough-wall turbulent boundary layers
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Bandyopadhyay, Promode R.; Watson, Ralph D.
1988-01-01
Recent experiments have shown that, in rough-wall turbulent boundary layers, drag varies systematically with the spanwise aspect ratio lambda(z) (span/height) of roughness elements. In this paper, the effect of lambda(z) on turbulence structure has been examined. Based on lambda(z), the roughness in a transversely grooved surface with lambda(z) much greater than 1 is the opposite extreme of model plant canopies with lambda(z) much less than 1, studied in wind tunnels, whereas sandgrain is an intermediate type. Second-, third-, and fourth-order turbulence moments have been measured in turbulent boundary layers over transversely grooved and smooth surfaces and compared with available turbulence structure measurements over other types of surfaces. The near-wall turbulence structure is found to vary with lambda(z). The instantaneous motions involved in the flux of shear stress near the wall in smooth and transversely grooved surfaces are opposite in sign to those in three-dimensional roughness. The former is explained in terms of hairpin vortices alone, while the latter group is modeled to have an additional vortex (the so-called necklace vortex which straddles a three-dimensional roughness element near its base).
Optimal Disturbances in Boundary Layers Subject to Streamwise Pressure Gradient
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Ashpis, David E.; Tumin, Anatoli
2003-01-01
An analysis of the non-modal growth of perturbations in a boundary layer in the presence of a streamwise pressure gradient is presented. The analysis is based on PSE equations for an incompressible fluid. Examples with Falkner- Skan profiles indicate that a favorable pressure gradient decreases the non-modal growth while an unfavorable pressure gradient leads to an increase of the amplification. It is suggested that the transient growth mechanism be utilized to choose optimal parameters of tripping elements on a low-pressure turbine (LPT) airfoil. As an example, a boundary-layer flow with a streamwise pressure gradient corresponding to the pressure distribution over a LPT airfoil is considered. It is shown that there is an optimal spacing of the tripping elements and that the transient growth effect depends on the starting point. The amplification is found to be small at the LPT s very low Reynolds numbers, but there is a possibility to enhance the transient energy growth by means of wall cooling.
Demonstration of a laser vorticity probe in turbulent boundary layers
Su, W-J.; Stepaniuk, V.; Oetuegen, M. V. [Aeroballistics Division, U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey 07806 (United States); Lenterra, Inc., West Orange, New Jersey 07052 (United States); Mechanical Engineering Department, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas 75275 (United States)
2007-09-15
A laser-based probe for the nonintrusive measurement of velocity gradient and vorticity was demonstrated in turbulent boundary layers. Unlike most other optical methods, the current technique provides an estimate of the velocity gradient, without having to first measure velocity at multiple points. The measurement principle is based on the heterodyne of coherent light scattered from two adjacent particles. The beat frequency of the heterodyne is directly proportional to the velocity gradient. The probe is assembled from commercially available, inexpensive optical components. A laser Doppler velocimeter (LDV) processor is used to analyze the heterodyne signal. A component of vorticity is obtained by using two appropriately aligned velocity gradient probes. The optical probes developed were used in turbulent boundary layers to measure local, time-frozen velocity gradients {partial_derivative}u/{partial_derivative}y, {partial_derivative}v/{partial_derivative}x, and {partial_derivative}v/{partial_derivative}y, as well as the spanwise vorticity. The measurements were compared to those inferred from LDV measurements in the same facility and to data available in the literature.
Space Shuttle Boundary Layer Transition Flight Experiment Ground Testing Overview
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Berger, Karen T.; Anderson, Brian P.; Campbell, Charles H.
2014-01-01
In support of the Boundary Layer Transition (BLT) Flight Experiment (FE) Project in which a manufactured protuberance tile was installed on the port wing of Space Shuttle Orbiter Discovery for STS-119, STS- 128, STS-131 and STS-133 as well as Space Shuttle Orbiter Endeavour for STS-134, a significant ground test campaign was completed. The primary goals of the test campaign were to provide ground test data to support the planning and safety certification efforts required to fly the flight experiment as well as validation for the collected flight data. These test included Arcjet testing of the tile protuberance, aerothermal testing to determine the boundary layer transition behavior and resultant surface heating and planar laser induced fluorescence (PLIF) testing in order to gain a better understanding of the flow field characteristics associated with the flight experiment. This paper provides an overview of the BLT FE Project ground testing. High-level overviews of the facilities, models, test techniques and data are presented, along with a summary of the insights gained from each test.
Resonant Alfven wave heating of the plasma sheet boundary layer
Harrold, B.G.; Goertz, C.K.; Smith, R.A.; Hansen, P.J. (Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City (USA))
1990-09-01
The exchange of energy between the plasma mantle and the plasma sheet boundary layer (PSBL) is examined with a one-dimensional magnetotail model. The energy exchange occurs via Poynting flux generated by the localized mode conversion of a surface wave to an Alfven wave. This Poynting flux propagates through the lobe and into the PSBL where it is absorbed by two processes. The first arises from a gradient in the plasma {beta} causing a smooth absorption of Poynting flux. The second process results from the localized mode conversion of the decaying surface wave to an Alfven wave, causing a localized absorption of energy. A numerical solution of the linearized ideal MHD equations is obtained by assuming an adiabatic equation of state. The energy flux absorbed within the PSBL is of the order of 1 {mu}W/m{sup 2} (assuming a fluid displacement of 1 R{sub E} at the plasma mantle) and varies with central plasma sheet temperature in a manner capable of triggering a thermal catastrophe in the boundary layer.
The use of kites to investigate boundary layer meteorology
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Varley, M. J.
1997-06-01
The application of kites as a platform for meteorological measurement within the boundary layer is examined. Kites are shown to fulfil a useful role within this research area, particularly when a highly mobile, lightweight and inexpensive instrumental platform is required. They are ideal for use at remote sites, or sites where terrain limits access for more conventional profiling equipment. The development of a reliable, tethered radiosonde atmospheric profiling system (TRAPS) is described, comparing the relative performance of two different sizes of two different types of kite. Basic kite aerodynamics are explained as well as a number of practical problems which have to be overcome or accommodated. Appropriate kite selection for given wind conditions and experimental requirements is suggested, providing an operational windspeed of between 2 and 14 m s-1. Finally, experimental results from three diverse remote sites illustrate practical applications of the profiling system, investigating firstly the structure of surface inversions over an ice shelf in the Antarctica, secondly flow over hills in Cumbria and thirdly convective boundary-layer structure on the Isle of Arran, Scotland.
Boundary Layer Height and Structure during the NATO LASIE Campaign
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Tomé, R.; Sempreviva, A. M.; Schiano, E.; Bozzano, R.; Miranda, P. M.; Pensieri, S.; Semedo, A.; Teixeira, J.
2009-09-01
The NATO Ligurian Air-Sea Interaction Experiment (LASIE) took place in 2007, from 16 to 22 June, in the Mediterranean Sea. This filed campaign was organized under the auspices of the NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC), located in La Spezia, Italy. The main scientific goal was to contribute to the evaluation and development of parameterizations of the oceanic and atmospheric boundary layers and their interactions. Extensive meteorological and oceanographic measurements were collected, on board the research vessels Leonardo, Planet, and Urania, and from the spar buoy ODAS Italia 1. In this study ceilometer (Vaisala CL31) and atmospheric radiosondes (Vaisala DigiCORA) measurements are used to assess the evolution of the marine atmospheric boundary layer (MABL) structure and height during the LASIE cruise. The ceilometer measured continuously the cloud height base, while the radiosondes, launched every 3 hours, recorded vertical profiles of wind speed, wind direction, potential temperature and relative humidity. Several methods available in the literature are used to determine the height of the MABL from observations. The results from these methods are compared with the MABL heights from the limited-area numeric weather prediction models WRF (Weather Research and Forecasting) and MM5 (Fifth-Generation Mesoscale Model).
Aeromechanics Analysis of a Boundary Layer Ingesting Fan
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Bakhle, Milind A.; Reddy, T. S. R.; Herrick, Gregory P.; Shabbir, Aamir; Florea, Razvan V.
2013-01-01
Boundary layer ingesting propulsion systems have the potential to significantly reduce fuel burn but these systems must overcome the challe nges related to aeromechanics-fan flutter stability and forced response dynamic stresses. High-fidelity computational analysis of the fan a eromechanics is integral to the ongoing effort to design a boundary layer ingesting inlet and fan for fabrication and wind-tunnel test. A t hree-dimensional, time-accurate, Reynolds-averaged Navier Stokes computational fluid dynamics code is used to study aerothermodynamic and a eromechanical behavior of the fan in response to both clean and distorted inflows. The computational aeromechanics analyses performed in th is study show an intermediate design iteration of the fan to be flutter-free at the design conditions analyzed with both clean and distorte d in-flows. Dynamic stresses from forced response have been calculated for the design rotational speed. Additional work is ongoing to expan d the analyses to off-design conditions, and for on-resonance conditions.
Boundary layer structure over areas of heterogeneous heat fluxes
Doran, J.C.; Barnes, F.J.; Coulter, R.L.; Crawford, T.L.
1993-01-01
In general circulation models (GCMs), some properties of a grid element are necessarily considered homogeneous. That is, for each grid volume there is associated a particular combination of boundary layer depth, vertical profiles of wind and temperature, surface fluxes of sensible and latent heat, etc. In reality, all of these quantities may exhibit significant spatial variations the grid area, and the larger the area the greater the likely variations. In balancing the benefits of higher resolution against increased computational time and expense, it is useful to consider what the consequences of such subgrid-scale variability may be. Moreover, in interpreting the results of a simulation, one must be able to define an appropriate average value over a grid. There are two aspects of this latter problem: (1) in observations, how does one take a set of discrete or volume-averaged measurements and relate these to properties of the entire domain, and (2) in computations, how can subgrid-scale features be accounted for in the model parameterizations? To address these and related issues, two field campaigns were carried out near Boardman, Oregon, in June 1991 and 1992. These campaigns were designed to measure the surface fluxes of latent and sensible heat over adjacent areas with strongly contrasting surface types and to measure the response of the boundary layer to those fluxes. This paper discusses some initial findings from those campaigns.
Boundary layer structure over areas of heterogeneous heat fluxes
Doran, J.C. ); Barnes, F.J. ); Coulter, R.L. ); Crawford, T.L. . Air Resources Lab. Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Div.)
1993-01-01
In general circulation models (GCMs), some properties of a grid element are necessarily considered homogeneous. That is, for each grid volume there is associated a particular combination of boundary layer depth, vertical profiles of wind and temperature, surface fluxes of sensible and latent heat, etc. In reality, all of these quantities may exhibit significant spatial variations the grid area, and the larger the area the greater the likely variations. In balancing the benefits of higher resolution against increased computational time and expense, it is useful to consider what the consequences of such subgrid-scale variability may be. Moreover, in interpreting the results of a simulation, one must be able to define an appropriate average value over a grid. There are two aspects of this latter problem: (1) in observations, how does one take a set of discrete or volume-averaged measurements and relate these to properties of the entire domain, and (2) in computations, how can subgrid-scale features be accounted for in the model parameterizations To address these and related issues, two field campaigns were carried out near Boardman, Oregon, in June 1991 and 1992. These campaigns were designed to measure the surface fluxes of latent and sensible heat over adjacent areas with strongly contrasting surface types and to measure the response of the boundary layer to those fluxes. This paper discusses some initial findings from those campaigns.
Scaling of pressure spectrum in turbulent boundary layers
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Patwardhan, Saurabh S.; Ramesh, O. N.
2014-04-01
Scaling of pressure spectrum in zero-pressure-gradient turbulent boundary layers is discussed. Spatial DNS data of boundary layer at one time instant (Re? = 4500) are used for the analysis. It is observed that in the outer regions the pressure spectra tends towards the -7/3 law predicted by Kolmogorov's theory of small-scale turbulence. The slope in the pressure spectra varies from -1 close to the wall to a value close to -7/3 in the outer region. The streamwise velocity spectra also show a -5/3 trend in the outer region of the flow. The exercise carried out to study the amplitude modulation effect of the large scales on the smaller ones in the near-wall region reveals a strong modulation effect for the streamwise velocity, but not for the pressure fluctuations. The skewness of the pressure follows the same trend as the amplitude modulation coefficient, as is the case for the velocity. In the inner region, pressure spectra were seen to collapse better when normalized with the local Reynolds stress than when scaled with the local turbulent kinetic energy
Magnetic structures inside boundary layers of magnetic clouds
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wei, Fengsi; Liu, Rui; Feng, Xueshang; Zhong, Dingkun; Yang, Fang
2003-12-01
We analyze 23 magnetic cloud boundary layers (BLs) in Feb. 1995-Oct. 1998 and find that: (1) the distribution functions of fluctuations in the southward field component inside the boundary layer, ?BzL, is very different from ?BzS in the background solar wind and ?BzM inside the cloud, with the enhancement in the fluctuation amplitude and the variation of the magnitude and direction of the average field. (2) in the maximum variance plane (MVP) composed of the maximum and medium variance directions, the walk of the tips of the magnetic field vectors in the BL could be classified into two types based on: (a) field vectors vibrate along a circle arc, which is possibly related with Alfven fluctuations inside the BL; (b) field vectors walk randomly in the MVP, which could be correlated with the turbulence inside the BL. (3) In the ?-? plane, fields inside the BL exhibits a `U' or inverse `U' shape with a spacing of about 180 degree in the azimuthal angle, which indicate the existence of a field reverse region and are often associated with the Alfvenic fluctuations. The results above suggest that the cloud's BL owns the magnetic structure different from that in the solar wind and cloud body, which is a manifestation for the interaction of the magnetic cloud (MC) with the solar wind (SW).
Wintertime Boundary Layer Structure in the Grand Canyon.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Whiteman, C. David; Zhong, Shiyuan; Bian, Xindi
1999-08-01
Wintertime temperature profiles in the Grand Canyon exhibit a neutral to isothermal stratification during both daytime and nighttime, with only rare instances of actual temperature inversions. The canyon warms during daytime and cools during nighttime more or less uniformly through the canyon's entire depth. This weak stability and temperature structure evolution differ from other Rocky Mountain valleys, which develop strong nocturnal inversions and exhibit convective and stable boundary layers that grow upward from the valley floor. Mechanisms that may be responsible for the different behavior of the Grand Canyon are discussed, including the possibility that the canyon atmosphere is frequently mixed to near-neutral stratification when cold air drains into the top of the canyon from the nearby snow-covered Kaibab Plateau. Another feature of canyon temperature profiles is the sharp inversions that often form near the canyon rims. These are generally produced when warm air is advected over the canyon in advance of passing synoptic-scale ridges.Wintertime winds in the main canyon are not classical diurnal along-valley wind systems. Rather, they are driven along the canyon axis by the horizontal synoptic-scale pressure gradient that is superimposed along the canyon's axis by passing synoptic-scale weather disturbances. They may thus bring winds into the canyon from either end at any time of day.The implications of the observed canyon boundary layer structure for air pollution dispersion are discussed.
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Kreskovsky, J. P.; Shamroth, S. J.; Mcdonald, H.
1975-01-01
Theoretical predictions of turbulent boundary layer development under the influence of strong favorable pressure gradients made using a finite-difference calculation procedure are compared to experimental data. Comparisons are presented for low speed flows with and without wall heat transfer as well as for supersonic flows with adiabatic walls. The turbulence model used is governed by an integral form of the turbulence kinetic energy equation and the results are compared with predictions made using a conventional equilibrium turbulence model based upon Prandtl's mixing length, a Clauser-type eddy viscosity model used by Cebecci and Mosinskis, and a two-equation turbulence energy model of Launder and Jones.
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Fichtl, G. H.
1973-01-01
The realistic simulation of flow in the atmospheric boundary layers at heights greater than two kilometers is discussed. Information concerning horizontally homogeneous and statistically stationary atmospheric boundary layer flows is presented. The problems related to the incorporation of the information into atmospheric wind simulation programs are analyzed. The information which the meteorologist must acquire in order to provide a basis for improving the simulation of atmospheric boundary flows is explained.
Thermoacoustic boundary layers near the liquid-vapor critical point.
Gillis, K A; Shinder, I I; Moldover, M R
2004-08-01
We measure and calculate the sound attenuation within thermoacoustic boundary layers between solid surfaces and xenon at its critical density rhoc as the reduced temperature tau identical with (T- Tc)/Tc approaches zero. (Tc is the critical temperature.) Using the known thermophysical properties of xenon, we predict that the attenuation at the boundary first increases approximately as tau(-0.6) and then saturates when the effusivity of the xenon exceeds that of the solid. [The effusivity is epsilon identical with (rhoCPlambdaT)(1/2), where CP is the isobaric specific heat and lambdaT is the thermal conductivity.] The model correctly predicts (+/-1.0%) the quality factors Q of resonances measured in a stainless steel resonator (epsilon(ss) =6400 kg K(-1) s(-5/2)); it also predicts the observed increase of the Q, by up to a factor of 8, when the resonator is coated with a polymer (epsilon(pr) =370 kg K(-1) s(-5/2)). The test data span the frequency range 0.1
Cloud Shading Effects on Characteristic Boundary-Layer Length Scales
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Horn, G. L.; Ouwersloot, H. G.; Vilà-Guerau de Arellano, J.; Sikma, M.
2015-07-01
We studied the effects of shading by shallow cumulus (shallow Cu) and the subsequent effect of inducing heterogeneous conditions at the surface on boundary-layer characteristics. We placed special emphasis on quantifying the changes in the characteristic length and time scales associated with thermals, shallow Cu and induced thermal circulation structures. A series of systematic numerical experiments, inspired by Amazonian thermodynamic conditions, was performed using a large-eddy simulation model coupled to a land-surface model. We used four different experiments to disentangle the effects of shallow Cu on the surface and the response of clouds to these surface changes. The experiments include a `clear case', `transparent clouds', `shading clouds' and a case with a prescribed uniform domain and reduced surface heat flux. We also performed a sensitivity study on the effect of introducing a weak background flow. Length and time scales were calculated using autocorrelation and two-dimensional spectral analysis, and we found that shading controlled by shallow Cu locally lowers surface temperatures and consequently reduces the sensible and latent heat fluxes, thus inducing spatial and temporal variability in these fluxes. The length scale of this surface heterogeneity is not sufficiently large to generate circulations that are superimposed on the boundary-layer scale, but the heterogeneity does disturb boundary-layer dynamics and generates a flow opposite to the normal thermal circulation. Besides this effect, shallow Cu shading reduces turbulent kinetic energy and lowers the convective velocity scale, thus reducing the mass flux. This hampers the thermal lifetime, resulting in a decrease in the shallow Cu residence time (from 11 to 7 min). This reduction in lifetime, combined with a decrease in mass flux, leads to smaller clouds. This is partially compensated for by a decrease in thermal cell size due to a reduction in turbulent kinetic energy. As a result, inter-cloud distance is reduced, leading to a larger population of smaller clouds, while maintaining cloud cover similar to the non-shading clouds experiment. Introducing a 1 m {s}^{-1} background wind speed increases the thermal size in the sub-cloud layer, but the diagnosed surface-cloud coupling, quantified by characteristic time and length scales, remains.
Vortices in the Prandtl boundary layer induced by irregularities on a plate
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Danilov, V. G.; Gaydukov, R. K.
2015-04-01
A fluid flow along a plate with small irregularities on the surface is considered for large Reynolds numbers. The boundary layer has a double-deck structure, i.e., both a thin boundary layer and the classical Prandtl boundary layer are present. It is proved that the solution of the boundary-value problem thus obtained exists and is unique in the Prandtl boundary layer, and the stability of the solution is investigated at large times. The results of numerical modeling are given. Supported by the Basic Research Program of the National Research University "Higher School of Economics."
Turbulence in a convective marine atmospheric boundary layer
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Chou, S.-H.; Atlas, D.; Yeh, E.-N.
1986-01-01
The structure and kinetic energy budget of turbulence in the convective marine atmospheric boundary layer as observed by aircraft during a cold air outbreak have been studied using mixed layer scaling. The results are significantly different from those of previous studies under conditions closer to free convection. The normalized turbulent kinetic energy and turbulent transport are about twice those found during the Air Mass Transformation Experiment (AMTEX). This implies that for a given surface heating the present case is dynamically more active. The difference is mainly due to the greater importance of wind shear in the present case. This case is closer to the roll vortex regime, whereas AMTEX observed mesoscale cellular convection which is closer to free convection. Shear generation is found to provide a significant energy source, in addition to buoyancy production, to maintain a larger normalized turbulent kinetic energy and to balance a larger normalized dissipation. The interaction between turbulent pressure and divergence (i.e., pressure scrambling) is also found to transfer energy from the vertical to the horizontal components, and is expected to be stronger in roll vortices than in m esoscale cells. The sensible heat flux is found to fit well with a linear vertical profile in a clear or subcloud planetary boundary layer (PBL), in good agreement with the results of Lenschow et al., (1980). The heat flux ratio between the PBL top and the surface, derived from the linear fitted curve, is approximately -0.14, in good agreement with that derived from the lidar data for the same case. Near the PBL top, the heat flux profiles are consistent with those of Deardoff (1979) and Deardorff et al. (1980).
Seasonal Characteristics of Planetary Boundary Layer in Qatar.
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Ackermann, Luis; Ayoub, Mohammed A.; Astudillo, Daniel P.; Bachour, Dunia A.
2015-04-01
Understanding the mechanisms driving the Planetary Boundary Layer (PBL) development as well as its seasonal characteristics is essential for predicting meteorological and air quality phenomena. Using data from the vertical backscatter profile of the atmosphere above Qatar from a ceilometer, coupled with a novel Layer Identification Algorithm (LIA) developed by QEERI, a continuous time series of the PBL has been attained. This data has been carefully validated against in-situ measurements via coinciding radiosonde launches. These launches were performed weekly at 13:00 local time during 2014; with occasional launches at 07:00. The detected PBL depth from the sondes show good correlation with LIA. This algorithm uses image recognition methods to identify boundary layers not only by their vertical characteristics; but also by their temporal and spatial signatures. This algorithm was written in Python and is designed to process the ceilometer's output data in real time or as a post-process. The behavior of the PBL depth diurnal variation in Qatar was observed to vary in correlation with the change in seasons. During the winter months the mean PBL depth was higher compared to the summer months; in addition, the diurnal amplitude was higher during winter. Apart from seasonal variations in the PBL depth behavior, short term fluctuations in the daily signature of the PBL structure were observed; with some days exhibiting a well-developed PBL followed by a day with no significant PBL variation. This behavior of the summer PBL (lower daily mean depth and lower diurnal amplitude relative to winter) was explained after looking at diurnal humidity and temperature variations. During these months, the intense temperature and humidity enhances the energy flux towards latent heat, actually diminishing the effect of the high insolation towards the development of the PBL. Lower mean PBL depths during the months of higher photochemical activity affect surface concentrations of secondary pollutants and particle matter.
The Physics of Turbulence in the Boundary Layer
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Kline, Stephen; Cantwell, Brian
1995-01-01
The geometry of the velocity field in a numerically simulated incompressible turbulent boundary layer over a flat plate at Re theta=670 has been studied using the invariants of the velocity gradient tensor. These invariants are computed at every grid point in the flow and used to form the discriminant. Of primary interest are those regions in the flow where the discriminant is positive; regions where, according to the characteristic equation, the eigenvalues of the velocity gradient tensor are complex. An observer moving with a frame of reference which is attached to a fluid particle lying within such a region would see a local flow pattern of the type stable-focus-stretching or unstable-focus-compressing. When the flow is visualized this way, continuous, connected, large-scale structures are revealed that extend from the point just below the buffer layer out to the beginning of the wake region. These structures are aligned with the mean shear close to the wall and arch in the cross-stream direction away from the wall. In some cases the structures observed are very similar to to the hairpin eddy vision of boundary layer structure proposed by Theodorsen. That the structure of the flow is revealed more effectively by the discriminant rather than by the vorticity is important and adds support to recent observations of the discriminant in a channel flow simulation. Of particular importance is the fact that the procedure does not require the use of an arbitrary threshold in the discriminant. Further analysis using computer flow visualization shows a high degree of spatial correlation between regions of positive discriminant, extreme negative pressure fluctuations and large instantaneous values of Reynolds shear stress.
Predictive Inner-Outer Model for Turbulent Boundary Layers Applied to Hypersonic DNS Data
Martín, Pino
Predictive Inner-Outer Model for Turbulent Boundary Layers Applied to Hypersonic DNS Data Clara numerical simulation (DNS) data of supersonic and hypersonic turbulent boundaries with Mach 3 and Mach 7, and Martin1214 on DNS of hypersonic turbulent boundary layers demonstrates the existence of large scale
Comparison of Methods for Determining Boundary Layer Edge Conditions for Transition Correlations
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Liechty, Derek S.; Berry, Scott A.; Hollis, Brian R.; Horvath, Thomas J.
2003-01-01
Data previously obtained for the X-33 in the NASA Langley Research Center 20-Inch Mach 6 Air Tunnel have been reanalyzed to compare methods for determining boundary layer edge conditions for use in transition correlations. The experimental results were previously obtained utilizing the phosphor thermography technique to monitor the status of the boundary layer downstream of discrete roughness elements via global heat transfer images of the X-33 windward surface. A boundary layer transition correlation was previously developed for this data set using boundary layer edge conditions calculated using an inviscid/integral boundary layer approach. An algorithm was written in the present study to extract boundary layer edge quantities from higher fidelity viscous computational fluid dynamic solutions to develop transition correlations that account for viscous effects on vehicles of arbitrary complexity. The boundary layer transition correlation developed for the X-33 from the viscous solutions are compared to the previous boundary layer transition correlations. It is shown that the boundary layer edge conditions calculated using an inviscid/integral boundary layer approach are significantly different than those extracted from viscous computational fluid dynamic solutions. The present results demonstrate the differences obtained in correlating transition data using different computational methods.
Internal Layer Hierarchy in Rough-Wall Turbulent Boundary
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Mehdi, Faraz; Morrill-Winter, Caleb; Ebner, Rachel; Klewicki, Joseph
2009-11-01
The existence of an internal layer hierarchy is centric to the characteristic properties of wall-bounded turbulent flows. Its presence, which is revealed through an analysis of the mean momentum balance (MMB), accounts for the dynamics undergoing a continuous self-similar variation over a length scale range spanning the viscous length scale to the outer scale, ?/u?<=l<=?. Surface roughness introduces multiple new length scales which are often reduced (for simplification and comparison) to a single ``working'' scale given by the equivalent sandgrain roughness ks^+. We report on our continuing efforts to study how this imposition modifies the continuous hierarchy of scaling layers admitted by the MMB. The establishment of log-like behavior closer to the wall in rough-wall flows is one such effect. It is speculated to be the direct consequence of the roughness causing the vorticity field to three-dimensionalize more rapidly compared to a smooth-wall. Data sets comprising of experiments being performed at UNH and high quality data sets available in the literature are being used for this combined roughness--Reynolds number study. The current experiments are conducted in a 8m long boundary layer wind-tunnel. Roughness is introduced in the form of sandpaper attached to the entire lower wall and profiles are taken using hot-wires and two-dimensional laser velocimetry.
Embedded function methods for supersonic turbulent boundary layers
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He, J.; Kazakia, J. Y.; Walker, J. D. A.
1990-01-01
The development of embedded functions to represent the mean velocity and total enthalpy distributions in the wall layer of a supersonic turbulent boundary layer is considered. The asymptotic scaling laws (in the limit of large Reynolds number) for high speed compressible flows are obtained to facilitate eventual implementation of the embedded functions in a general prediction method. A self-consistent asymptotic structure is derived, as well as a compressible law of the wall in which the velocity and total enthalpy are logarithmic within the overlap zone, but in the Howarth-Dorodnitsyn variable. Simple outer region turbulence models are proposed (some of which are modifications of existing incompressible models) to reflect the effects of compressibility. As a test of the methodology and the new turbulence models, a set of self-similar outer region profiles is obtained for constant pressure flow; these are then coupled with embedded functions in the wall layer. The composite profiles thus obtained are compared directly with experimental data and good agreement is obtained for flows with Mach numbers up to 10.
Thermal Boundary Layer Dynamics in Multiple Droplet Impingement
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Trujillo, Mario F.; Lewis, Steven; Gehring, Eelco
2010-11-01
The impingement of a stream of HFE-7100 droplets striking a pre-wetted and heated surface is studied for droplet Weber and Reynolds numbers ranging from 285 to 427 and 1250 to 4850, respectively, and for a film depth to droplet diameter ratio varying from 0.4 to 1.5. After a short period, a quasi-steady state is achieved; in which the liquid crown formed during continuous droplet impact remains nearly stationary. Temporal averages of the velocity, temperature, and liquid fraction fields suggest that the boundary layer can be categorized as consisting of a stagnation point flow region, a linear growth section, and a jump region, similar to a hydraulic jump, near the liquid crown. Results of the average radial temperatures are compared to experiments for various heat fluxes yielding good agreement. Additionally, it is shown that a sub-layer is present in all cases considered, which is categorized by low values of the local Peclet and Reynolds numbers. The heat transfer mode in this sub-layer domain is governed to a great degree by conduction, and experiences a delayed cooling effect.
Boundary Layer Transition Protuberance Tests at NASA JSC Arc-Jet Facility
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Larin, M. E.; Marichalar, J. J.; Kinder, G. R.; Campbell, C. H.; Riccio, J. R.; Nquyen, T. Q.; DelPapa, S. V.; Pulsonetti, M. V.
2009-01-01
A series of arc-jet tests in support of the Shuttle Orbiter Boundary Layer Transition flight experiment was conducted in the Channel Nozzle of the NASA Johnson Space Center Atmospheric Reentry Materials and Structures Facility. The boundary layer trip was a protrusion of a certain height and geometry fabricated as part of a 6"x6" tile insert, a special test article made of the Boeing Rigid Insulation tile material and coated with the Reaction Cured Glass used for the bottom fuselage tiles of the Space Shuttle Orbiter. A total of five such tile inserts were manufactured: four with the 0.25-in. trip height, and one with the 0.35-in. trip height. The tile inserts were interchangeably installed in the center of the 24"x24" variable configuration tile array mounted in the 24"x24" test section of the channel nozzle. The objectives of the test series were to demonstrate that the boundary layer trip can safely withstand the Space Shuttle Orbiter flight-like re-entry environments and provide temperature data on the protrusion surface, surfaces of the nearby tiles upstream and downstream of the trip, as well as the bond line between the tiles and the structure. The targeted test environments were defined for the tip of the protrusion, away from the nominal surface of the tile array. The arc jet test conditions were approximated in order to produce the levels of the free stream total enthalpy at the protrusion height similar to those expected in flight. The test articles were instrumented with surface, sidewall and bond line thermocouples. Additionally, Tempilaq temperature-indicating paint was applied to the nominal tiles of the tile array in locations not interfering with the protrusion trip. Five different grades of paint were used that disintegrate at different temperatures between 1500 and 2000 deg F. The intent of using the paint was to gauge the RCG-coated tile surface temperature, as well as determine its usefulness for a flight experiment. This paper provides an overview of the channel nozzle arc jet, test articles and test conditions, as well as the results of the arc-jet tests including the measured temperature response of the test articles, their pre- and post-test surface scans, condition of the thermal paint, and continents on the protrusion tip heating achieved in tests compared to the computational fluid dynamics predictions.
Sensing the Stable Boundary Layer in a Towing Tank
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Steeneveld, G. J.; Dobrovolschi, D.; Paci, A.; Eiff, O.; Lacaze, L.; Holtslag, A. A. M.
2010-09-01
Understanding and forecasting the stable atmospheric boundary layer (SBL) over land is a challenge for already several decades. Generally, the SBL covers two different regimes. The first regime is the weakly SBL, characterised by well defined wind driven turbulence. The second regime covers the very SBL with weak turbulence, and then additional processes become relevant, such as meandering motions, gravity waves, drainage flows, intermittent turbulence and radiation divergence. Especially in this regime this complexity limits the understanding of the SBL and its representation in numerical weather prediction, climate models and air pollution models. For calm conditions, these models typically overestimate near surface temperature and wind speed, with adverse effects for understanding polar climate and end users in agriculture, transportation, and air quality assessment. To improve our understanding of the SBL, we study SBL turbulence in the CNRM-GAME stratified water flume in Toulouse. This unique facility, particularly well suited for stratified flow and BL studies, provides novel laboratory observations that extend earlier efforts of field observations and wind tunnel studies. Among other things, laboratory observations have the advantage of statistical robustness due to repeatability of the experiment and provide access to an extensive set of data. Hence, a 3x3 m2 plate covered with LEGO of Lx=1.57 cm and Ly=3.57 cm, (roughness length = 0.0014 m, and roughness density =0.250, index of frontal area = 0.125) was towed at different velocities through the tank of 22 x 3 x 1.6 m. In this way we were able to achieve an SBL of ~10 cm with bulk Richardson numbers in the range between 0.05 and 0.25, and turbulence with a well-behaved inertial subrange. We focus on the estimation of the non-dimensional velocity and density profiles, on higher order turbulent statistics (important for plume dispersion), as well as on the turbulence spectral behaviour. Finally, we aim to quantify the transition from weakly to very stable boundary layer, and the transition from a turbulent to laminar boundary layer in terms of non-dimensional quantities.
Boundary-Layer Meteorol DOI 10.1007/s10546-010-9478-z
into an updraft, of mass flux f and vertical velocity wu covering a fraction , with f = wu ( being the air density-Layer Plumes. Part II: Continuous Formulations of Mixing Rates for Mass-Flux Schemes C. Rio · F. Hourdin · F of the convective boundary layer (Couvreux et al. Boundary-layer Meteorol 134:441458, 2010) is used to propose
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Inger, G. R.
1974-01-01
The prediction of boundary layer deceleration and separation in regions of adverse pressure gradients are discussed as an unsolved problem of fundamental practical importance in aerodynamics. A three layered theoretical flow model of boundary layer separation including viscous-inviscid interaction was conceived for the case of subsonic two dimensional steady laminar flow.
Scaling structure of the velocity statistics in atmospheric boundary layers Susan Kurien,1,2
Kurien, Susan
Scaling structure of the velocity statistics in atmospheric boundary layers Susan Kurien,1,2 Victor. INTRODUCTION The atmospheric boundary layer is a natural laboratory of turbulence that is unique are recorded with hot-wire probes placed at various heights in the atmo- spheric surface layer. Time series
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Narayanaswamy, Venkateswaran; Raja, Laxminarayan L.; Clemens, Noel T.
2012-07-01
A pulsed-plasma jet actuator is used to control the unsteady motion of the separation shock of a shock wave/boundary layer interaction formed by a compression ramp in a Mach 3 flow. The actuator is based on a plasma-generated synthetic jet and is configured as an array of three jets that can be injected normal to the cross-flow, pitched, or pitched and skewed. The typical peak jet exit velocity of the actuators is about 300 m/s and the pulsing frequencies are a few kilohertz. A study of the interaction between the pulsed-plasma jets and the shock/boundary layer interaction was performed in a time-resolved manner using 10 kHz schlieren imaging. When the actuator, pulsed at StL ? 0.04 (f = 2 kHz), was injected into the upstream boundary layer, the separation shock responded to the plasma jet by executing a rapid upstream motion followed by a gradual downstream recovery motion. Schlieren movies of the interaction showed that the separation shock unsteadiness was locked to the pulsing frequency of the actuator, with amplitude of about one boundary layer thickness. Wall-pressure measurements made under the intermittent region showed about a 30% decrease in the overall magnitude of the pressure fluctuations in the low-frequency band associated with unsteady large-scale motion of the separated flow. Furthermore, by increasing the pulsing frequency to 3.3 kHz, the amplitude of the separation shock oscillation was reduced to less than half the boundary layer thickness. Investigation into the effect of the actuator location on the shock wave/boundary layer interaction (SWBLI) showed qualitatively and quantitatively that the actuator placed upstream of the separation shock caused significant modification to the SWBLI unsteadiness, whereas injection from inside the separation bubble did not cause a noticeable effect.
Characteristics of the atmospheric boundary layer at Summit, Greenland
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Cullen, Nicolas J.
To determine impacts of snow photochemistry upon the composition of surface snow and its overlying atmosphere field measurements were made at Summit, Greenland. A detailed understanding of the processes involved in air-snow interactions is necessary for the development of reliable models of present and past atmospheric chemistry. This dissertation works towards that goal by utilizing data from the atmospheric boundary layer at Summit in pursuit of the following objectives: (1) to demonstrate that intermittent turbulence can be characterized using existing instrumentation; (2) to parameterize scalar transfers in the near-surface layer; and (3) to describe the annual energy budget and its impact on atmospheric conditions. Spectral analyses of velocity and temperature during stationary runs show that order in the spectral domain does exist, which supports the use of similarity laws. This order is verified by comparisons of spectral peak frequencies to established empirical curves and model results. Cospectra of momentum follow surface layer similarity whereas vertical heat fluxes do not collapse onto expected -4/3 slopes in the inertial subrange. To capture almost all of the turbulent heat flux, sampling rates of no more than 15 Hz are necessary. An ensemble of nonstationary runs show that 50% of the total flux during a 30-minute interval is realized in less than 23% of the total time, while stationary fluxes take about 34% of the total time. The major controls on intermittence are wind speed and degree of stability during stable conditions. Fluxes of momentum and sensible heat are constant with height (+/-20%). Analyses of turbulence data confirm that linear relationships for non-dimensional wind (?m) and temperature (? h) profiles exist in stable conditions. Because most unstable cases at Summit are near neutral, the choice of stability correction in these conditions is not critical. Functions derived in this study to correct fluxes in stable conditions perform better than those currently in use. These functions are used to calculate energy exchanges in all seasons. Importantly, fluxes of sensible heat directed away from the surface in summertime result in the formation of a shallow, mixed boundary layer, which in the absence of synoptic forcing extends to heights of 300 m. These near neutral (unstable) conditions are important in controlling katabatic forcing over the ice sheet.
Vortex dynamics of in-line twin synthetic jets in a laminar boundary layer
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Wen, Xin; Tang, Hui; Duan, Fei
2015-08-01
An experimental investigation is conducted on the vortices induced by twin synthetic jets (SJs) in line with a laminar boundary layer flow over a flat plate. The twin SJs operating at four different phase differences, i.e., ?? = 0°, 90°, 180°, and 270°, are visualized using a stereoscopic color dye visualization system and measured using a two-dimensional particle image velocimetry (PIV) system. It is found that depending on the phase difference of twin SJs, three types of vortex structures are produced. At ?? = 90°, the two hairpin vortices interact in a very constructive way in terms of the vortex size, strength, and celerity, forming one combined vortex. At ?? = 270°, the two individual hairpin vortices do not have much interaction, forming two completely separated hairpin vortices that behave like doubling the frequency of the single SJ case. At ?? = 0° and 180°, the two hairpin vortices produced by the twin SJ actuators are close enough, with the head of one hairpin vortex coupled with the legs of the other, forming partially interacting vortex structures. Quantitative analysis of the twin SJs is conducted, including the time histories of vortex circulation in the mid-span plane as well as a selected spanwise-wall-normal plane, and the influence of the twin SJs on the boundary layer flow filed. In addition, dynamic mode decomposition analysis of the PIV data is conducted to extract representative coherent structures. Through this study, a better understanding in the vortex dynamics associated with the interaction of in-line twin SJs in laminar boundary layers is achieved, which provides useful information for future SJ-array applications.
Using Intel Xeon Phi to accelerate the WRF TEMF planetary boundary layer scheme
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Mielikainen, Jarno; Huang, Bormin; Huang, Allen
2014-05-01
The Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model is designed for numerical weather prediction and atmospheric research. The WRF software infrastructure consists of several components such as dynamic solvers and physics schemes. Numerical models are used to resolve the large-scale flow. However, subgrid-scale parameterizations are for an estimation of small-scale properties (e.g., boundary layer turbulence and convection, clouds, radiation). Those have a significant influence on the resolved scale due to the complex nonlinear nature of the atmosphere. For the cloudy planetary boundary layer (PBL), it is fundamental to parameterize vertical turbulent fluxes and subgrid-scale condensation in a realistic manner. A parameterization based on the Total Energy - Mass Flux (TEMF) that unifies turbulence and moist convection components produces a better result that the other PBL schemes. For that reason, the TEMF scheme is chosen as the PBL scheme we optimized for Intel Many Integrated Core (MIC), which ushers in a new era of supercomputing speed, performance, and compatibility. It allows the developers to run code at trillions of calculations per second using the familiar programming model. In this paper, we present our optimization results for TEMF planetary boundary layer scheme. The optimizations that were performed were quite generic in nature. Those optimizations included vectorization of the code to utilize vector units inside each CPU. Furthermore, memory access was improved by scalarizing some of the intermediate arrays. The results show that the optimization improved MIC performance by 14.8x. Furthermore, the optimizations increased CPU performance by 2.6x compared to the original multi-threaded code on quad core Intel Xeon E5-2603 running at 1.8 GHz. Compared to the optimized code running on a single CPU socket the optimized MIC code is 6.2x faster.
Polar cap boundary layer waves: An auroral zone phenomenon
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Tsurutani, Bruce T.; Arballo, John K.; Galvan, Carlos; Zhang, Liwei Dennis; Zhou, Xiao-Yan; Lakhina, Gurbax S.; Hada, Tohru; Pickett, Jolene S.; Gurnett, Donald A.
2001-09-01
Polar cap boundary layer waves are ELF/VLF electric and magnetic waves detected on field lines just adjacent to the polar cap. Intense waves are present at this location essentially all (96%) of the time. The wave latitude-local time distribution is shown to be the same as that of the Feldstein auroral oval, a distribution centered at ~75° at local noon and ~65° at local midnight. The most intense waves are detected coincident with the strongest magnetic field gradients (field-aligned currents). Statistically, the wave intensities are greatest near local noon (10-13mV2m-1 at 3 kHz) and midnight and are least near dawn and dusk (~5×10-15mV2m-1 at 3 kHz). The noon and midnight wave intensities increase slightly when the interplanetary magnetic field is directed southward. The dawn and dusk waves appear to be controlled by the solar wind speed. Using high-resolution data, specific frequency bands of electromagnetic whistler-mode waves are identified: ~200 Hz and 1-2 and ~5 kHz. These may correspond to previously identified ``magnetic noise bursts'' and ``auroral hiss'', respectively. Assuming cyclotron resonant interactions, the 1- to 5-kHz auroral hiss is shown to be resonant with ~50-eV to ~1.0-keV electrons. Several mechanisms, both resonant (nonlocal) and nonresonant (local), are suggested for the generation of the ~200-Hz electromagnetic waves. Three types of intense electric signals are present: solitary bipolar pulses (electron holes), waves at ~4×102 to 6×103Hz (lower hybrid waves), and narrowband waves at ~10 kHz (electrostatic waves near the upper hybrid resonance frequency). Solitary bipolar pulse onset events have been detected for the first time. The bipolar pulses reached 2 mV m-1 peak-to-peak amplitudes within 3 ms. An exponential growth rate of 0.72 ms, or 0.25 fcc, was determined. The previously reported ``broadband nature'' of the polar cap boundary layer (and low-latitude boundary layer) waves is now postulated to be caused by a fast switching between the various electromagnetic and electrostatic modes described above. The polar cap boundary layer waves are most likely a consequence of instabilities associated with auroral zone field-aligned currents carried by 50-eV to 1.0-keV electrons and protons. The currents in turn have been ascribed to be driven by the solar wind-magnetosphere global interaction. One consequence of the presence of the waves at high altitudes is diffusion of magnetosheath plasma into the magnetosphere and magnetospheric plasma out into the magnetosheath (cross-field diffusion, due to parasitic wave-particle interactions). It is speculated that field-aligned currents and similar wave modes will be detected at all planetary magnetospheres.
A helicopter observation platform for atmospheric boundary layer studies
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Holder, Heidi Eichinger
Spatial variability of the Earth's surface has a considerable impact on the atmosphere at all scales and understanding the mechanisms involved in land-atmosphere interactions is hindered by the scarcity of appropriate observations. A measurement gap exists between traditional point sensors and large aircraft and satellite-based sensors in collecting measurements of atmospheric quantities. Point sensors are capable of making long time series of measurements, but cannot make measurements of spatial variability. Large aircraft and satellites make measurements over large spatial areas, but with poor spatial and temporal resolution. A helicopter-based platform can make measurements on scales relevant for towers, especially close to the Earth's surface, and can extend these measurements to account for spatial variability. Thus, the Duke University Helicopter Observation Platform (HOP) is designed to fill the existing measurement gap. Because measurements must be made in such a way that they are as uncontaminated by the platform itself as much as is possible, it is necessary to quantify the aerodynamic envelope of the HOP. The results of an analytical analysis of the location of the main rotor wake at various airspeeds are shown. Similarly, the results of a numerical analysis using the commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics software Fluent are shown. The optimal flight speed for the sampling of turbulent fluxes is found to be around 30 m/s. At this airspeed, the sensors located in front of the nose of the HOP are in advance of the wake generated by the main rotor. This airspeed is also low enough that the region of high pressure due to the stagnation point on the nose of the HOP does not protrude far enough forward to affect the sensors. Measurements of differential pressures, variables and turbulent fluxes made while flying the HOP at different airspeeds support these results. No systematic effects of the platform are seen at airspeeds above about 10 m/s. Processing of HOP data collected using the current set of sensors is discussed, including the novel use of the Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD) to detrend and filter the data. The EMD separates the data into a finite number of Intrinsic Mode Functions (IMFs), each of which is unique and orthogonal. The basis is determined by the data itself, so that it need not be known a priori, and it is adaptive. The EMD is shown to be an ideal tool for the filtering and detrending of the HOP data gathered during the Cloud and Land Surface Interaction Campaign (CLASIC). The ability of the HOP to accurately measure atmospheric profiles of atmospheric variables is demonstrated. During experiments conducted in the marine boundary layer (MBL) and the convective boundary layer (CBL), HOP profiles of potential temperature are evaluated using an elastic backscatter lidar. The HOP and the lidar agree on the height of the boundary layer in both cases, and the HOP effectively locates other atmospheric structures. Atmospheric sensible and latent heat fluxes, turbulence kinetic energy (TKE) and horizontal momentum fluxes are also measured, and the resulting information is used to provide context to tower-based data collected concurrently. A brief comparison made over homogeneous ocean conditions yields good results. A more exhaustive evaluation is made using short HOP flights performed above an orchard during the Canopy Horizontal Turbulence Study (CHATS). Randomly selected one-minute sections of tower data are used to calculate fluxes to which the HOP fluxes can be more directly compared, with good results. Profiles of atmospheric fluxes are used to provide context to tower-based measurements. In conclusion, the research conducted here demonstrates unambiguously that the HOP is a unique platform that fills an important gap in observation facilities for the atmospheric boundary layer. It is now available to the scientific community for performing research, which is likely to help bridging existing knowledge gaps in various aspects of Earth surface (continental and maritime) -- atmosphere interactio
Modelling Unsteady Wall Pressures Beneath Turbulent Boundary Layers
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Ahn, B-K.; Graham, W. R.; Rizzi, S. A.
2004-01-01
As a structural entity of turbulence, hairpin vortices are believed to play a major role in developing and sustaining the turbulence process in the near wall region of turbulent boundary layers and may be regarded as the simplest conceptual model that can account for the essential features of the wall pressure fluctuations. In this work we focus on fully developed typical hairpin vortices and estimate the associated surface pressure distributions and their corresponding spectra. On the basis of the attached eddy model, we develop a representation of the overall surface pressure spectra in terms of the eddy size distribution. Instantaneous wavenumber spectra and spatial correlations are readily derivable from this representation. The model is validated by comparison of predicted wavenumber spectra and cross-correlations with existing emperical models and experimental data.
Observations of OIO in the remote marine boundary layer
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Allan, B. J.; Plane, J. M. C.; McFiggans, G.
We report observations of iodine dioxide (OIO) in the remote marine boundary layer. The measurements were made at the remote site of Cape Grim in Tasmania, using the technique of differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS), in the 540-570 nm spectral region. Employing a cross-section of 6.8 × 10-17 cm² at 548.6 nm, the concentration of OIO was found to vary from below the detection limit of the instrument (? 0.5 parts per trillion (ppt)) to a maximum of almost 3 ppt after sunset. During the day the upper limit to the atmospheric turnover time of OIO was found to be 20 min., when removal by gas-phase reaction and/or photolysis appears to dominate. At night the much longer turnover time of ? 1-4 hours can be explained by uptake on aerosol.
Numerical Simulations of the Boundary Layer Transition Flight Experiment
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Tang, Chun Y.; Trumble, Kerry A.; Campbell, Charles H.; Lessard, Victor R.; Wood, William A.
2010-01-01
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations were used to study the possible effects that the Boundary Layer Transition (BLT) Flight Experiments may have on the heating environment of the Space Shuttle during its entry to Earth. To investigate this issue, hypersonic calculations using the Data-Parallel Line Relaxation (DPLR) and Langley Aerothermodynamic Upwind Relaxation (LAURA) CFD codes were computed for a 0.75 tall protuberance at flight conditions of Mach 15 and 18. These initial results showed high surface heating on the BLT trip and the areas surrounding the protuberance. Since the predicted peak heating rates would exceed the thermal limits of the materials selected to construct the BLT trip, many changes to the geometry were attempted in order to reduce the surface heat flux. The following paper describes the various geometry revisions and the resulting heating environments predicted by the CFD codes.
Heat transport by laminar boundary layer flow with polymers
Roberto Benzi; Emily S. C. Ching.; Vivien W. S. Chu
2011-04-23
Motivated by recent experimental observations, we consider a steady-state Prandtl-Blasius boundary layer flow with polymers above a slightly heated horizontal plate and study how the heat transport might be affected by the polymers. We discuss how a set of equations can be derived for the problem and how these equations can be solved numerically by an iterative scheme. By carrying out such a scheme, we find that the effect of the polymers is equivalent to producing a space-dependent effective viscosity that first increases from the zero-shear value at the plate then decreases rapidly back to the zero-shear value far from the plate. We further show that such an effective viscosity leads to an enhancement in the drag, which in turn leads to a reduction in heat transport.
A low-density boundary-layer wind tunnel facility
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White, B. R.
1987-01-01
This abstract describes a low-density wind-tunnel facility that was established at NASA Ames in order to aid interpretation and understanding of data received from the Mariner and Viking spacecraft through earth-based simulation. The wind tunnel is a boundary-layer type which is capable of operating over a range of air densities ranging from 0.01 to 1.24 kg/cu m, with the lower values being equivalent to the near-surface density of the planet Mars. Although the facility was developed for space and extraterrestrial simulation, it also can serve as a relatively large-scale, low-density aerodynamic test facility. A description of this unique test facility and some Pitot-tube and hot-wire anemometry data acquired in the facility are presented.
Temperature and velocity profiles in sooting free boundary layer flames
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Ang, J. A.; Pagni, P. J.; Mataga, T. G.; Margle, J. M.; Lyons, V. J.
1986-01-01
Temperature and velocity profiles are presented for cyclohexane, n-heptane, and iso-octane free, laminar, boundary layer, sooting, diffusion flames. Temperatures are measured with 3 mil Pt/Pt-13 percent Rh thermocouples. Corrected gas temperatures are derived by performing an energy balance of convection to and radiation from the thermocouple bead incorporating the variation of air conductivity and platinum emissivity with temperature. Velocities are measured using laser doppler velocimetry techniques. Profiles are compared with previously reported analytic temperature and velocity fields. Comparison of theoretical and experimental temperature profiles suggests improvement in the analytical treatment is needed, which accounts more accurately for the local soot radiation. The velocity profiles are in good agreement, with the departure of the theory from observation partially due to the small fluctuations inherent in these free flows.
Turbulence stress measurements in a nonadiabatic hypersonic boundary layer
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Mikulla, V.; Horstman, C. C.
1975-01-01
Turbulent shear stress and direct turbulent total heat-flux measurements have been made across a nonadiabatic, zero pressure gradient, hypersonic boundary layer by using specially designed hot-wire probes free of strain-gauging and wire oscillation. Heat-flux measurements were in reasonably good agreement with values obtained by integrating the energy equation using measured profiles of velocity and temperature. The shear-stress values deduced from the measurements, by assuming zero correlation of velocity and pressure fluctuations, were lower than the values obtained by integrating the momentum equation. Statistical properties of the cross-correlations are similar to corresponding incompressible measurements at approximately the same momentum-thickness Reynolds number.
Resonant Alfven wave heating of the plasma sheet boundary layer
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Harrold, B. G.; Goertz, C. K.; Smith, R. A.; Hansen, P. J.
1990-01-01
The exchange of energy between the plasma mantle and the plasma sheet boundary layer (PSBL) is examined with a one-dimensional magnetotail model. The energy exchange occurs via Poynting flux generated by the localized mode conversion of a surface wave to an Alfven wave. This Poynting flux propagates through the lobe and into the PSBL where it is absorbed by two processes. The first arises from a gradient in the plasma beta causing a smooth absorption of Poynting flux. The second process results from the localized mode conversion of the decaying surface wave to an Alfven wave, causing a localized absorption of energy. A numerical solution of the linearized ideal MHD equations is obtained by assuming an adiabatic equation of state.
Numerical simulation of thermal boundary layer profile measurement
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kulkarni, K. S.; Han, S.; Goldstein, R. J.
2011-08-01
Heat transfer rates from a surface can be determined from the slope of the temperature profile measured with a thermocouple wire traversing within a boundary layer. However, accuracy of such measurement can suffer due to flow distortion and conduction through the thermocouple wire. The present numerical study consists of two parts—a 2D simulation of flow distortion due to a cylinder in cross flow near a solid wall and a 3D simulation defined as a fin problem to calculate the thermal profile measurement error due to conduction through the thermocouple wires. Results show that the measured temperature is lower than the true temperature resulting in a 5% under-prediction of local heat transfer coefficient. A parametric study shows that low thermal conductivity thermocouple (E type) with a small wire diameter (76 micron) is desirable to reduce the measurement error in local Nusselt number.
Convex curvature effects on the heated turbulent boundary layer
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Simon, T. W.; Moffat, R. J.
1982-01-01
A convexly curved and isothermally heated wall with a 45-cm radius of curvature is subjected to turbulent boundary layer flow measurements in order to determine wall heat transfer rates and mean velocity and temperature profiles. Significant curvature effects are noted, with Stanton number and skin friction coefficient reductions of 35-40 percent by comparison with flat plate values for the same momentum or enthalpy thickness Reynolds numbers. Profiles of mean velocity and temperature show a more rapid growth of the wake regions, and a shortening of the log-linear region, as a result of curvature. Turbulent Prandtl numbers deduced from the mean temperature profiles under the assumption of a wall thermal law were found to be increased by 40-50 percent by this strong convex curvature.
Boundary-layer-ingesting inlet flow control system
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Owens, Lewis R. (Inventor); Allan, Brian G. (Inventor)
2010-01-01
A system for reducing distortion at the aerodynamic interface plane of a boundary-layer-ingesting inlet using a combination of active and passive flow control devices is disclosed. Active flow control jets and vortex generating vanes are used in combination to reduce distortion across a range of inlet operating conditions. Together, the vortex generating vanes can reduce most of the inlet distortion and the active flow control jets can be used at a significantly reduced control jet mass flow rate to make sure the inlet distortion stays low as the inlet mass flow rate varies. Overall inlet distortion, measured and described as average SAE circumferential distortion descriptor, was maintained at a value of 0.02 or less. Advantageous arrangements and orientations of the active flow control jets and the vortex generating vanes were developed using computational fluid dynamics simulations and wind tunnel experimentations.
Analysis of the photodiode boundary layer transition indicator
Kuntz, D.W.; Wilken, A.C.; Payne, J.L.
1994-01-01
The photodiode transition indicator is a device which has been successfully used to determine the onset of boundary layer transition on numerous hypersonic flight vehicles. The exact source of the electromagnetic radiation detected by the photodiode at transition was not understood. In some cases early saturation of the device occurred, and the device failed to detect transition. Analyses have been performed to determine the source of the radiation producing the photodiode signal. The results of these analyses indicate that the most likely source of the radiation is blackbody emission from the heatshield material bordering the quartz window of the device. Good agreement between flight data and calculations based on this radiation source has been obtained. Analyses also indicate that the most probable source of the radiation causing early saturation is blackbody radiation from carbon particles which break away from the nosetip during the ablation process.
Anomalously high plasma densities in the plasma sheet boundary layer
Etcheto, J.; Saint-Marc, A.
1985-06-01
The first observation of a high-density (5 per cu cm) plasma region with low perpendicular temperature (less than 30 eV) in the plasma sheet boundary layer is reported. Several experiments on board the ISEE spacecraft were used. The plasma density is determined by the relaxation sounder. The hot particle and magnetic field measurements show that high-density regions are observed next to the region of high hot particle fluxes, and they also put an upper limit on the perpendicular temperature of the dense plasma population. Current sheets flowing primarily in the + or - Y direction for this event are identified using their magnetic signature in the region of hot particle gradient. 21 references.
Control of Unstable Waves in Three Dimensional Boundary Layers
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Saric, William S.
1996-01-01
Stability experiments are conducted in the Arizona State University Unsteady Wind Tunnel on a 45 deg. swept airfoil. The pressure gradient is designed to provide purely crossflow-dominated transition; that is, the boundary layer is subcritical to Tollmien- Schlichting (T-S) disturbances. The airfoil surface is hand polished to a 0.25 micron rms finish. Under these conditions, stationary crossflow disturbances grow to nonuniform amplitude due to submicron surface irregularities near the leading edge. Spectral de-compositions isolate single-mode growth rates for the fundamental and harmonic disturbances. The measurements show early nonlinear growth causing amplitude saturation well before transition. Comparisons with nonlinear PSE calculations show excellent agreement in both the amplitude saturation and the disturbance mode shape.
Study of boundary-layer transition using transonic-cone preston tube data
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Reed, T. D.; Moretti, P. M.
1980-01-01
The laminar boundary layer on a 10 degree cone in a transonic wind tunnel was studied. The inviscid flow and boundary layer development were simulated by computer programs. The effects of pitch and yaw angles on the boundary layer were examined. Preston-tube data, taken on the boundary-layer-transition cone in the NASA Ames 11 ft transonic wind tunnel, were used to develope a correlation which relates the measurements to theoretical values of laminar skin friction. The recommended correlation is based on a compressible form of the classical law-of-the-wall. The computer codes successfully simulates the laminar boundary layer for near-zero pitch and yaw angles. However, in cases of significant pitch and/or yaw angles, the flow is three dimensional and the boundary layer computer code used here cannot provide a satisfactory model. The skin-friction correlation is thought to be valid for body geometries other than cones.
Comparison of several methods for predicting separation in a compressible turbulent boundary layer
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Gerhart, P. M.; Bober, L. J.
1974-01-01
Several methods for predicting the separation point for a compressible turbulent boundary layer were applied to the flow over a bump on a wind-tunnel wall. Measured pressure distributions were used as input. Two integral boundary-layer methods, three finite-difference boundary-layer methods, and three simple methods were applied at five free-stream Mach numbers ranging from 0.354 to 0.7325. Each of the boundary-layer methods failed to explicitly predict separation. However, by relaxing the theoretical separation criteria, several boundary-layer methods were made to yield reasonable separation predictions, but none of the methods accurately predicted the important boundary-layer parameters at separation. Only one of the simple methods consistently predicted separation with reasonable accuracy in a manner consistent with the theory. The other methods either indicated several possible separation locations or only sometimes predicted separation.