Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) was used to investigate the turbulent flow structure inside a jet-stirred cylindrical vessel. The submerged jet issued vertically downward from a long pipe ensuring fully developed turbulent flow conditions at the outlet. The Reynolds number based on jet mean exit velocity was 15,000. The effect of symmetric and asymmetric nozzle placement within the vessel on the resulting flow patterns was also studied. The measured turbulent velocity fields are presented using Reynolds decomposition into mean and fluctuating components, which, for the selected flow configuration, inflow and boundary conditions, allow for straightforward assessment of turbulence models and numerical schemes. The flow field was subdivided into three regions: the jet, the jet-wall interaction and bulk of vessel. Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) analysis was applied to identify the most energetic coherent structures of the turbulent flow field in the bulk of tank region. The swirling strength vortex identification technique was used to detect the existence and strength of vortical structures in the jet region.

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